GET IN GEAR
It's a rite of spring in the Twin Cities, and it arrives this weekend. The Get in Gear gets local runners excited and features an elite field. This year, there's even a new twist with the addition of a half-marathon.
Roughly 7,000 participants are expected for the events, which start at 8 a.m. Saturday. The 10K elite field -- men's and women's open winners will win $1,000 each -- will go off shortly before 9 a.m., with the rest of the 10K runners and half-marathoners to follow right after. The 5K begins at 9:20.
The races start and end at Minnehaha Park on the Minneapolis side of the Ford Parkway Bridge. Spectators are encouraged to cheer the runners on. Spectators are not encouraged to shout things like "almost there!" at mile 2 of the half-marathon.
ACTION SPORTS EVENT
Target Center is playing host to some of the world's elite skateboarders and BMX competitors Saturday during an Action Sports World Tour event. Twin Cities native Tom Haugen, above, is among the BMXers scheduled to appear, along with several X Games athletes.
Advance ticket prices start at $20 ($8 for kids). See targetcenter.com for more details.
A highly unscientific poll reveals that many fans prefer the NFL draft over pretty much everything. That includes the Super Bowl, happy hour beer specials and human companionship.
If that sounds like you, listen up: the Vikings, per tradition, are hosting a draft party out at Winter Park. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and more information is at vikings.com. Coverage on ESPN starts at 3 p.m. Saturday and continues with the later rounds Sunday.