Minnesota celebrates same-sex marriage with third annual Big Gay Race


Gray skies and cold rain didn’t stop more than 1,900 participants from running in the Big Gay Race 5K in Minneapolis on September 28. The race, now in its third year, was originally started by Minnesotans United to raise awareness and garner support against anti-gay legislation. This year the race was a celebration after Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage earlier in May.

“Today, the Big Gay Race is about supporting Minnesotans United and the legislators who voted yes on marriage in 2013,” said Maria de la Cruz of Minnesotans United. “This is a celebration and an opportunity to raise some money to support our legislators who bravely voted yes.”

Last year with the Vote No campaign, over 7,000 Minnesotans turned out for the race, according to de la Cruz. This year, with nothing at stake, organizers were hoping to get around 2,000 participants, said de la Cruz, and they’re happy with the turnout.

While the name suggests competition, the event is really just a fun run, said de la Cruz. “We’re also recognizing some really cute kids who are here [and] some really awesome people who have put on great costumes.”