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Twin Cities Marathon

The Twin Cities Marathon race started Sunday at 8 a.m. by the Metrodome and ended by the state capitol in St. Paul, reported WCCO news.

The humidity index of 60 percent made for less-than-ideal running conditions; nevertheless the first man, Mykola Antonenko, finished the race in about 2 hours, 14 minutes and the first woman racer, Svetlana Ponomarenko, finished in about 2 hours and 34 minutes. Both winners received a $25,000 prize.

A total of 16,000 participants registered in both the marathon and 10-mile race combined.

On Saturday, one day prior to the day of the race, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that in addition to spectators and countless runners, there will be an "eclectic lineup of entertainment along the race route, including a bluegrass band, a clarinet ensemble, a choral group, Japanese drums, Irish pipes and a state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page on his tuba."