FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grandma's Marathon and Twin Cities In Motion
Offer $10,000 Bonus for Marathon Sweep
(Duluth, MN/St. Paul, MN) Grandma's Marathon-Duluth, Inc. and Twin Cities
In Motion announced today an incentive bonus for any runner winning both of
Minnesota's largest marathons in 2011.
A $10,000 bonus will be awarded to anyone capturing the open division
titles at this year's Grandma's Marathon and Medtronic Twin Cities
"We are excited to partner with Twin Cities In Motion to offer this
doubleheader bonus. Not only will it provide an element of added excitement
to both events, but we feel this type of monetary reward is an appropriate
way to recognize someone achieving this unique accomplishment," said
Grandma's Marathon Executive Director Scott Keenan.
"We are proud to support the sport of running with this incentive.
Together, we have 65 years of race experience and we continue to find new
and innovative ways to reward professional runners," said Twin Cities In
Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman.
Historically, one male and one female have earned Grandma's Marathon and
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon victories in the same calendar year.
Kenya's Andrew Musuva claimed both titles in 1999 when he won June's
Grandma's Marathon in 2:12:21 and completed the sweep at October's Twin
Cities Marathon in 2:14:41.
Last year Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba became the only female to accomplish the
feat with winning times of 2:31:35 and 2:27:23, respectively.
Both races are celebrating milestone events this year – June 18 will be
Grandma's Marathon's 35th running and October 2 marks the 30th Medtronic
Twin Cities Marathon.
Grandma's Marathon-Duluth, Inc. is a Duluth, Minn.-based non-profit
organization responsible for coordinating the annual running of Grandma's
Marathon and its supporting events, including the Garry Bjorklund Half
Marathon, William A. Irvin 5K, Whipper Snapper Races for Kids and Essentia
Health Fitness and Health Expo. The organization also administers the Young
Athletes Foundation (YAF), which assists with the promotion and development
of youth athletics in a five-county region in northeastern Minnesota and
northwestern Wisconsin. The YAF has contributed more than $425,000 to area
youth athletic programs with the help of annual fundraising efforts
including the Fitger's 5K and Park Point 5-Miler.
Twin Cities In Motion, (formerly Twin Cities Marathon, Inc.) is the
non-profit organization that organizes running events throughout the year,
including the Valentine's Day TC 5K, 100% Irish For A Day TC 5K & TC 10
Mile, Medtronic TC 1 Mile, Twins Territory TC 4K, Red, White & Boom! TC
Half Marathon, the TC 5K, TC 10K & Medtronic TC Family Events, Medtronic
Twin Cities Marathon, Medtronic TC 10 Mile, all related events and
Medtronic TC Kids Marathon program, as a community service for the
Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Visit www.tcmevents.org for more information.