This fall, Minneapolis and St. Paul host one of the nation’s top 10 marathons, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, in additional to a full weekend of fun for spectators, racers and families. This community celebration is the culmination of pride for our “fit” cities, and the opportunity for all individuals and families to celebrate their active lifestyle.
Starting Saturday, Sept. 30, our smallest friends show their inner athlete as they toddle, crawl or dash to the finish line. What a perfect way to share your values with the children and loved ones in your life. As moms, aunts and influencers of the little people in our lives, we have the opportunity to share our passion for running, community and good health. Here are a few conversation starters you can use to talk to children about their race-day experience:
- When you’re being active or even in a race, you don’t need to worry about how you compare to others. The important part is to try your best. Did you do your best today?
- Sometimes you’re going to feel strong when you run, and other times it’s going to be more difficult. And that’s okay. The important part is to keep trying.
- Always support and cheer for other racers who are doing their best. It’s fun to cheer loud!
- When you participate in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend, you help support other children live a healthy lifestyle, too. How do you feel when you help others?
To learn more about the events, food, music and activities taking place the weekend of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, visit www.tcmevents.org.
Twin Cities in Motion (TCM) has been the region’s premier running event company since 1982. Its mission is simple – ignite everyone’s inner athlete. TCM is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that organizes 27 races 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.