More to Tri series showcases citys parks during RNC

A three-day athletic event, “More to Tri,” will be held Sept. 1–3 to promote the city’s parks system and the Twin Cities image as a fit, healthy place.

Each event will start at 6:30 a.m. The first activity on Sept. 1 is a 5K run through Minnehaha Falls Park. The run starts and ends at Minnehaha Falls, 4825 Minnehaha Ave. S. The second day, participants will bike through downtown Minneapolis and the riverfront district. The ride starts at the Stone Arch Bridge. The final event starts at Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun. Competitors can swim, canoe or kayak across the water.

The “More to Tri” series has been organized by Mayor R.T. Rybak’s office, Meet Minneapolis, Life Time Fitness, Humana and Hoigaards.

“We are ready and set to show the world that Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the most active and healthy cities anywhere,” Rybak said, who plans to compete in the three-day event. “With the Mississippi River and more than 20 lakes right in the city, Minneapolis-St. Paul remains dedicated to preserving and enhancing our natural urban environment. There’s almost no better place in which to run, bike or swim than right here.”

The event sites have been selected to highlight the city’s range of urban landscapes.

The event is free to residents and RNC visitors, but people are encouraged to register because space will be limited. Registration opened Aug. 12 and will close noon the day before each event.


For more information on the “More to Tri” three-day event and to register, go to