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Best Twin Cities Fun Runs, Races & Marathons 2023

On your mark, get set, GO! It’s time to start the training process for your next fun run, 5K, marathon or other upcoming race in 2023. Here are a few of the Twin Cities best running events that you should look out for this year – let’s take a look.

St. Paul Winter Carnival Fire & Ice Winter Run

Date: Sunday, January 29, 2023
Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds | 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55108
More information: wintercarnival.com/event/fire-and-ice-winter-run

Even though it’s cold, it’s always a good time to get out for a run. And what better way to do so than at the largest, most-celebrated winter carnival in the world? St. Paul Winter Carnival Fire & Ice Run features races from 5K to 20K, with a kid’s fun run for the little ones. Don your base layers, hats, gloves and thermal wear and get ready to push yourself against the elements!

Minneapolis Frozen 5K

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: Lake Nokomis Park | 4955 W Lake Nokomis Park Minneapolis, MN 55417
More information: plungemn.org/activities/minneapolis-frozen-5k

Support the Special Olympics by participating in the Frozen 5K race around Lake Nokomis this March. Following the race is a full day of Polar Plunge activities, where registrants can take the dip into the freezing water. Afterward, warm up with some hot cocoa and a warm meal.

Goldy’s Run

Date: Sunday, April 2, 2023
Location: TCF Bank Stadium | 420 23rd Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
More information: goldysrun.com

Take part in the 13th annual Goldy’s Run, offering 10-mile, 5K and kid’s fun run options. Participants get a themed tech tee, a finisher medal and special awards to those who finish in ranked positions. There’s also an option to raise money for the Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital, where you’ll run in support of pediatric patients suffering from heart disease.

Human Powered Health Half Marathon

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Location: Boom Island
More information: hphhalfmarathon.com

The Human Powered Health Half Marathon offers the most beautiful running route in the Twin Cities for 13.1 miles, 10 miles, 5 miles, 5K and kid’s fun run, as you race along the Mississippi River. There’s even a long-distance skate half marathon, where you can explore the St. Paul riverfront on wheels.

Minnesota Race For The Cure

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2023
Location: Harriet Island | 200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd, St Paul, MN
More information: komen.org

This Mother’s Day, celebrate women’s health by signing up for Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. Pick from a 1-mile walk/run, 5K or 10K races and support breast cancer awareness in a healthy and enjoyable way. Participants can register as individuals, form their own team or join an existing team in order to raise even more money for the cause.

Women Run The Cities
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023
Location: Minnehaha Falls Regional Park
More information: tcmevents.org

This run is open specifically to women, featuring 5K, 10K or 10 mile race options, with proceeds going to the nonprofit, Girls on the Run. Other event-day activities include speaking engagements with lifestyle advisors, vendor exhibits in the finish line village and a brunch open to all participants.

5K Fulton Run For Global Running Day

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Location: Fulton Brewery | 414 N 6th Ave,, MN, Minneapolis, MN
More information: breweryrunningseries.com

Take part in Fulton’s 11th annual Global Running Day 5K fun run, and celebrate at the finish line with an ice-cold lager from the area’s premier brewery. The course weaves through the scenic North Loop neighborhood, where you’ll run among views of the bustling downtown skyline. There’s no pressure with this race, and registrants will enjoy one free craft beer at the finish line, a collector’s pint glass and entry into a prize drawing.

Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2023
Location: Veterans Park | Richfield 636 East 66th St, Richfield, MN
More information: richfieldmn.gov

For over 15 years, the Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K has supported efforts by the Wood Lake Nature Center environmental education program. The course features a mix of shaded street running, as well as natural trails that wind through Wood Lake Nature Center and local parks. Plus, the half marathon is a USATF-certified course, meaning participants can qualify for national records and rankings.

Twin Cities Marathon

Date: Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 1, 2023
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium | 401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
More information: tcmevents.org

The Twin Cities Marathon is the area’s number one running event, hosting 10,000 runners and more than 300,000 spectators. Entering its fourth decade in existence, this race has been given the title of most beautiful urban marathon in the U.S. If you’re not able to complete 26.2 miles, they also offer 5K, 10K and 10 mile races. Register today to take part in Minnesota’s biggest running extravaganza of the year!

Turkey Trot St. Paul

Date: Thursday, November 23, 2023
Location: Eagle Street Plaza Park | 250 N Chestnut St, St Paul, MN 55102
More information: turkeytrotsaintpaul.com

Work off some of those Thanksgiving calories with a 6K or 10K Turkey Trot celebration, located in beautiful downtown St. Paul. Racers can compete in age-specific groups for awards, while all participants receive a finisher medal and tech tee. Racers also receive a discount on running gear at Running Room Saint Paul.

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