What Happens to Discarded Clothes at the Twin Cities Marathon?

If you haven’t participated in or watched a fall marathon before, you may not know the tradition of runners tossing their clothes aside.

At the annual Twin Cities Marathon, more than 9,000 entrants arrive at the start line wearing long-sleeve tees, warm-up pants, sweatshirts, hats, gloves and jackets to fend off the October cold. Once the sun rises and the runners start to move, those extra layers are stripped off and left behind.

What happens to all those cast-offs? They go to Goodwill!

Last weekend, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota partnered for the second year in a row with the Twin Cities Marathon. Donation trucks followed the course and picked up more than 10,000 pounds of clothing.

All donations are resold, recycled or salvaged, helping fund local workforce programs and moving four people into the workplace every day.