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The Twin Cities Marathon Preview Episode with Race Director Eli Asch

With fall just around the corner, we are about to head into marathon season! If you’re looking for a fall marathon that’s the caliber of a big city race without the challenging logistics of the World Marathon Majors (like Boston and New York), be sure to consider the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

Fall is a common time for marathons across the country, as the weather cools and lends itself to more comfortable racing temperatures. If you’re looking for an ideal location for your next PR, you should consider the race that is one of the most prestigious in the Midwest and is often referred to as “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America” because of its scenic course.

Location and logistics are essential to consider when planning for a race as challenging as a marathon. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth, runners want a race to feel organized and supportive, with a course that encourages you to run to the best of your ability. Typically held the first weekend in October, the Twin Cities Marathon strikes a rare balance between a high class experience with a hometown feel.

Race Director Eli Asch on the Twin Cities Marathon

On the podcast this week I have Twin Cities Marathon race director, Eli Asch. Eli came to Twin Cities with extensive experience as the Director of Race Operations for the California International Marathon, as well as the Logistics and Operations Manager for the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. He earned a BA at Whitman College where he was captain of the cross-country team, and received his MBA in Sports Business from San Diego State University.

My conversation with Eli delves into all the important details of the Twin Cities Marathon. Whether you’re racing it this year or considering it for 2024, you’ll learn all the ins and outs of the race, including:

  • What makes Twin Cities such a unique race
  • Pre-race logistics and the best options for hotel locations
  • Course specifics to plan your best race
  • How to tackle the most challenging section of the course
  • The extensive pace group selections for runners
  • The best way to navigate race amenities beyond the finish line

If you’re in the final stages of preparing for Twin Cities, then have an amazing race!  If not, this discussion will give you excellent feedback on what to consider when choosing your next marathon.

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