2. You are all too familiar with the hills of Summit Avenue or the hills of Kenwood Parkway.
3. You know where “the bunny” is. You also know how far it is to run to the bunny from your house and back.
4. You have come to expect road closures around the chain of lakes every Saturday/Sunday in the summer because there is ALWAYS a race going on.
5.You talk about distances in terms of lakes: “Oh, its just a Calhoun/Harriet”
6. You love to hate on Team Ortho.
7.…yet you still love the Monster Dash. Those costumes!
8. You have sent Minneapolis Park & Rec an email asking why they can’t put a porta-potty on that 4 mile stretch between Harriet and Nokomis on Minnehaha Parkway.
9. …you have been in dire need of a porta-potty on the 4 mile stretch between Harriet and Nokomis on Minnehaha Parkway
10. You talk about the Twin Cities Marathon in terms of the weather. “Yeah, I ran it the hot year.” (2007) “Oh really? I ran it the rainy year.” (2008)
|TCM the rainy year- 2008|
11. You know what “TCM” stands for. Better yet, you also know what Minnesota R.E.D., MDRA, or CBRC stand for.
12. You have been yelled at for running on the bike path around the lakes (even though it’s the only one plowed in the winter!)
13. You have stopped during a run to admire a bald eagle/fox/deer/coyote…and marvel at the fact that you are seeing this in the CITY!
14. You know where all the water fountains are around the lakes….but you take for granted just how charming the old-fashioned ones are!
15. You have passed R.T. Rybak on a run…or “Fabio.”
16. You have your running store (Marathon Sports, Gear, TCRC, Run n Fun) and you are loyal to that store no matter what.
17. You have run in a face mask.
18. You have ended up with frostbite on a run!
19. You have taken in a mouthful of gnats during a run around Lake Harriet.
20. You know where that smelly spot is around Lake Harriet (<–seriously, what is up with that?)
21. You have heard of Ron Dawes, Garry Bjorkland, or Jeff Winter
22. You have done a “Capitol Run.”
23. …and last but not least, you know you’re a Twin Cities runner because you passionately feel that Minneapolis/St. Paul is THE BEST running city in the nation. Or the world. Step down Portland!