By Cool J in Minneapolis
2013 marked my third year participating in the TC 1 mile, and this is my second year reviewing it for the blog! You can read last year’s review HERE.
The Medtronic TC 1 Mile is marketed as “one mile (12 city blocks) of fun,” and fun it was! Well, at least it was fun after I was done with my mile- maybe not while it was happening. Painful! It is so rare that a marathoner like me participates in a race like a one mile, and it was certainly a challenge. But even though my legs were burning, and my lungs were on fire during the 6 minutes 40 seconds of running, the overall event was quite a lot of fun, and I will definitely be back next year.
The TC 1 Mile was held on Thursday, May 9th in downtown Minneapolis. The first wave, which was the “friends and family wave” started at 6:50 pm. Next up was the corporate wave that I ran in…
|corporate wave team
…then the USATF Minnesota Team Circuit Championship wave, then the Masters Wave (competitive runners 40 and over), then the Open Wave (which Dustin ran in), followed by the Women’s Professional Wave, and finally the Men’s Professional Wave.
The Men’s Professional Wave set a course record of 3:56! The impressive record setter’s name was Nick Willis. In my post from last year, I stated that the winning time was 4:04, so quite a significant difference this year. The weather was much more cooperative this time around, with nice chilly temps in the low 50’s. Nick is quite an accomplished runner as well. In fact, he was a silver medal winner in the Olympics!
The race starts at Marquette Plaza/Cancer Survivor’s Park and finishes by Ichibon restaurant. It’s a straight shot down Nicollet Avenue, with a clock at the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile, and 3/4 mile mark, to help you gauge just how hard you should be pushing!
- Price- only $20
- A wave for everyone!The Friends and Family, Corporate, etc allow all types of runners to participate.
- Location– there are plenty of pubs along the course for a post-run beverage
- Elite runners- Opportunity to cheer for some amazing runners!
- Parking– Getting downtown and finding parking can be challenging. I suggest running from Uptown or elsewhere as your warmup if possible.
- Waves- Depending on what wave you’re doing, you could be standing around for awhile. I suggest getting a corporate team together with your office so you can run in the second wave!
|Calhoun Beach Running Club post 1 mile