Kenyans Dominic Ondoro and Sarah Kiptoo Headline October 4 Race
St. Paul, Minn. – September 3, 2015 – The professional fields at this year’s Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon will feature runners with the fastest marathon times ever run on Minnesota soil: Kenyans Dominic Ondoro and Sarah Kiptoo. The pair will join 12,000 marathoners who, a month from now, will test themselves on the 26.2 mile route from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul on October 4.
Ondoro, who won the 2014 Grandma’s Marathon in 2:09:06, breaking Dick Beardsley’s longstanding event and Minnesota record, will be challenged by a field including Elisha Barno of Kenya, who edged Ondoro for this year’s Grandma’s title.
Kiptoo ran her Minnesota-best marathon of 2:26:32 in Duluth in 2013, when she set the Grandma’s women’s record. She will compete against a women’s field that will include reigning Grandma’s women’s champion Jane Kibii of Kenya, who clocked 2:32:06 at the event this year. Competitors in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon will be racing for more than $59,000 in open prize money, including a $10,000 winner’s check and an additional $25,000 event record bonus if the men’s winner breaks Phil Coppess’s mark of 2:10:05 set in 1985 or the women’s winner betters the record shared by Zinaida Semenova (2001) and Irina Permitina (2004) at 2:26:51. Complete professional fields will be announced on race week.
“We’re pleased to attract runners with the credentials of Dominic, Elisha, Sarah, and Jane to our event,” Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director
Virginia Brophy Achman said. “I’m eager to see what they and the rest of our professional field can accomplish on our course on race day. Perhaps this will be the year one or both of our course records get broken.”
The Medtronic Twin Cities Maratho n runs from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capito grounds in St. Paul along the Mississippi River, lakes and parkways that make the race “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America®. Further information and registration details can be found at tcmevents.org.
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend kicks off on Friday, October 2 with the Health & Fitness Expo at Saint Paul RiverCentre. The Expo, which runs through Saturday, October 3, features more than 100 exhibitors, a full schedule of presentations, and packet pick up for the weekend’s races. 30,000 people are expected to participate in running events held Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4.
The Saturday Events at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul include the TC 10K, TC 5K, presented by Fredrikson & Byron, and the Medtronic TC Family Events. The Medtronic TC 10 Mile, host of the 2015 USATF Men’s and Women’s 10 Mile Championships, which starts in downtown Minneapolis and finishes at the Capitol, kicks off Sunday racing which is followed by the signature event of the weekend, the 34th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. For the 25th straight year, the marathon will host the USATF Masters Marathon Championships for runners 40 and older.