The advent of Fall salutes a farewell to an exciting wrap-up of summer races and events. Did you know that the Twin Cities is home to epic races like the Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon (the largest triathlon in the US) and the Minneapolis Duathlon (the largest duathlon in the world)? Well, we are. And we couldn’t be prouder.
The Minneapolis Duathlon caught my eye by its claims alone. The world’s LARGEST duathlon? Exhilarating but frightening. But honestly, if you sign up for ANY race next year, consider this one. First off, you can’t beat the views. The duathlon takes place along some of the most beautiful parts of Minneapolis. It’s impossible to argue a more scenic choice for a race. You practically treat yourself to a history lesson along the route. The 5K runs take you across the 3rd Avenue Bridge, originally called the Saint Anthony Bridge. It carries you across the upper fringe of the Saint Anthony Falls, the only true waterfall on the Mississippi. You soon drop into Saint Anthony Main, aka the Minneapolis Riverfront, with cool live music and plenty of bars and outdoor patios. The cobblestones of Main Street are congruent with the achingly sad and awe-striking backdrops of the area’s abandoned flour mills. The road soon gives way to the historic Stone Arch Bridge, a true Minneapolis landmark. This bridge is worth re-visiting with a camera and a pocket of change for the talented young guitarists and drummers parked along the way. Saint Anthony Main is also the backdrop to the summer’s best party race, the Life Time Torchlight 5K (a stress-free running event with a post-party and live music). The electric-blue Guthrie Theatre, the famous Endless Bridge, and the West River Parkway snaking along the Mississippi River are other incredible sights to gulp in along the 18-mile bike route.
The energy is great from start to finish. Twin Cities folks are a friendly bunch, and they love cheering (and their cowbells). If you want a true hands-on adventure city tour, sign up for this race. You won’t regret it… and you’ll walk away with some sweet hardware, too.