Record heat that canceled Twin Cities marathon spiked by climate change, some say


October 3, 2023

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Officials start to take down infrastructure for the 10-mile race in Minneapolis on Oct. 1, 2023. The Twin Cities Marathon and 10-mile race were canceled due to heat and humidity.

Minnesota's changing climate helped push the record-setting temperature that led organizers to call off Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon, the first weather-related cancellation in the race's 40 year history.

Sunday's temperature officially hit a muggy 92 degrees in the Twin Cities, with climate change probably adding "a few degrees of additional heat," said Kenny Blumenfeld, senior climatologist at the state Department of Natural Resources. There's a strong fingerprint of climate change in the autumn surge, he said. The previous record for that day was 87 degrees.

Record-breaking heat led to Marathon cancellation

Climate change in Minnesota contributed to the unprecedented 92 degree temperature on Sunday, which forced the cancellation of the Twin Cities Marathon.


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