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2005 Twin Cities Marathon

Weekend in Minneapolis, MN.
Marathon Man joined 14 other Rebel Runners on a 4 day trip to Minnesota to run "TCM" on 10/2/05.

We were expecting good race conditions (upper 40's at the start with a high around 60 for the day). Instead, race day would be a challenge, with high humidity, near 70 at the start, and some breezy areas. As the St. Paul Pioneer Press noted, it became a "Battle of Attrition"!

See Rebel Runners TCM Trip for 3 pages of photos and commentary.

- - - Ray's TCM chip time: 3 hr. 20 mins. 04 sec. - - - - Place (per chip): 517 of 7,753 finishers overall - - - Place: 434 of 4,685 male - - - - Top 7% overall - - - - Top 9.3% of males - - - - Pace: 7:38/mile

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Twins game stuff TCM 2005 Finisher T-shirt

Most of our group carpooled to the airport and flew out of Philadelphia on Thursday evening, with a return flight set for Monday morning. We'd have a total of 11 runners and 5 support staff, led by "The General". You can read the General's account of our adventure at the Rebel Runners of Delaware site.

Men's and Women's winners posted some of the slowest winning times in the event's 24 year history. Joan Benoit Samuelson joined us and ran a good race.

Ray at Metrodome Rebel Runners at Race Expo
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Twin Cities Marathon start Encouragement from Delaware supporters Marathon Man is determined
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Ray finishes TCM 2005 Rebel Runners celebrate at finish TCM 2005 medal Glory for Marathon Man!
Marathon Man posted a chip time of 3:20:04, which was just 17 seconds off his personal record time!!! He left everything on the course and was thrilled to finish in the top 10% of his age group.

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