ST. PAUL, Minn. – Members of the St. Paul-based Black Lives Matter group say they’re planning a peaceful rally at the Twin Cities Marathon.
The group initially vowed to disrupt Sunday’s marathon to raise awareness about issues between St. Paul police and people of color. But the group backed down after a meeting with St. Paul’s mayor – and threats of arrest.
A potential disruption raised fears among runners who have trained for months. The race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Mayor Chris Coleman said the group’s leader, Rashad Turner, assured him protesters wouldn’t interfere with runners and the rally would be peaceful. The city is providing protesters space near the finish line.
More than 11,000 runners are expected to participate. The marathon starts in Minneapolis and ends at the state Capitol.