Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Welcomes Pros for 10 Mile & Marathon
St. Paul, Minn. – September 27, 2023 – Domonic Ondoro, the men’s course record-holder and four-time Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon champion, will return to the streets and parkways of Minneapolis and St. Paul on October 1 aiming to add to his already-packed marathon résumé at this year’s Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
Not only does the 35-year-old Kenyan hold the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon course record at 2:08:51, he also holds the Grandma’s Marathon record where he is a two-time champion. Compatriot Milton Rotich, the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon champion with a 2:08:55 personal best to his credit, is Ondoro’s most likely challenger in the men’s field that will race for a $10,000 winner’s check and $26,000 in prize money.
Kenya’s Helen Jepkurgat, 42, a Grandma’s and City of Los Angeles Marathon champion, sports the fastest personal best in the field at 2:29:10, but expects challenges form Denver’s Brittany Charboneau, 35, a 2:33:14 runner and local favorite Breanna Sieracki of Burnsville, who ran 2:33:26 at Grandma’s this summer. The women will also race for $10,000 winner’s prizes and a $26,000 purse.
An additional $26,000 prize pot will be split among U.S. men and women who notch Olympic Trials qualifying marks of 2:18:00/2:37:00, respectively, at this year’s Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. The 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathons are scheduled for February 3, 2024, in Orlando and will pick the Team USA for the 2024 Paris Games.
“Marathoners with Olympic ambitions depend on prize money to advance as athletes and expand the limits of our sport,” Twin Cities In Motion president Dean Orton said. “We’re pleased to reward the Olympic aspirants that run our races with awards that recognize their achievements and advance their dreams.”
The 25th Anniversary Medtronic TC 10 Mile also features professional fields, $6000 winner’s prizes for men and women and $15,000 prize purses. James Ngandu (Kenya) and Zouhair Talbi (Morocco) are the men’s favorites. Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia), the 2015 World Marathon Champion and an Olympic bronze-medalist, is the most decorated runner in the women’s field, where she’s likely to be challenged by Mercy Chelangat (Kenya) and Laura Thweatt (USA).
Top men’s and women’s wheelchair athletes – including defending champions Wyatt Willand and Hannah Babalola — will compete for $1000 winners’ prize and cash awards are also available to top Minnesota finishers, top Minnesota masters (age 40+) and top nonbinary runners.
Eight-thousand runners are expected for this year’s Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. More than 12,000 runners are registered for the 25th Anniversary Medtronic TC 10 Mile. Both races run on Sunday, October 1 from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul.
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About Twin Cities in Motion
Twin Cities In Motion (TCM) is the region’s premier running event company. Its mission is simple – ignite everyone’s inner athlete. TCM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that organizes dozens of events throughout the year, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. marathon, to provide opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and experiences to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Collectively, TCM and its charity partners that fundraise at TCM events regularly give back more than $1 million annually to a variety of causes. For more information, visit us at tcmevents.org, or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @tcmarathon.