MINNEAPOLIS -- If ever there was an ideal day to dare 26.2 miles, Sunday may have been it.
A morning of cool, mostly sunny conditions allowed runners to focus on the course ahead, while hundreds of thousands of spectators focused on the runners.
"It's a team-bonding experience. And being runners, we kind of look up to these people," said Cameron Kurisko of the Eden Prairie Cross-Country team.
Both Eden Prairie and Roseville High School Cross-Country runners manned a water post. They were among five thousand volunteers who helped the 12,000 runners in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. The streets were full from early in the morning until mid-afternoon, with the TC 10 mile starting before the marathon.
Race officials said the event went off without a hitch, given the pleasant weather and increased security in light of the Boston Marathon bombings.
"Safety every year is of the utmost importance to us. And the only significant change that we did was we asked spectators to leave their bags at home," said Virginia Brophy Achman, Executive Director of Twin Cities in Motion.
The entire course was lined with those very spectators -- none of whom could have been more enthusiastic than Vicki Tschida, who was cheering on her daughter, Jenna.
"I know she's going to do it, I know she's going to do it," Vicki said minutes before Jenna flew by.
"My wife has worked so hard on this. She's a real inspiration to all of us, so we're just really excited to cheer her on," said Jenna's husband, Aaron Binsfeld.
And so it went... all along the 26.2 miles... relatives, friends and strangers... cheering on all those who marked a milestone nothing short of ideal.
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