Twin Cities marathoners invade Southwest Oct. 3

The Twin Cities Marathon will run through Southwest Sunday, Oct. 3. The races also feature family events on Saturday, Oct. 2 and a 10-kilometer run Oct. 3 before the marathon.

Jim Boyer, a Twin Cities Marathon board member, visited the Cedar-Isles-Dean Association in September to promote community involvement in the race, urging residents to come out to Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet to cheer on the 10,000 racers.

The marathon starts at the Metrodome at 8 a.m. on Oct. 3 at 8 a.m. and leads runners through the Southwest's Chain of Lakes, into Southeast Minneapolis, then to St. Paul, where the race ends at the State Capitol.

The roads close during the race; in Southwest, the first will close at about 8 a.m.; all should be open by approximately 10:30 a.m., organizers say.

The Sunday 10K run also starts in Downtown Minneapolis at 7:30 a.m. but takes runners directly to the State Capitol in St. Paul, bypassing Southwest.

A variety of kid and family events will take place Saturday, Oct. 2 at and near the State Capitol. Events include a 5K race, a Family Mile run, a Diaper Dash and other activities.

For more information about the Twin Cities Marathon event, visit www.twincitiesmarathon.org/.