Twin Cities are fittest in America

Lake of the Isles runners plow through Snowmageddon.

Lake of the Isles runners plow through Snowmageddon.

The day the blizzard deflated the Metrodome, there were runners slogging their way around Lake of the Isles. The day the tornado ripped through north Minneapolis, there were cyclists zipping along the Greenway.

Is it any wonder we took the No. 1 spot in the American College of Sports Medicine's 2011 list of America's fittest cities? We may be the land of tater tots and the Jucy Lucy, but nothing stops us from working up a sweat, it seems.


ACSM says the Twin Cities claimed top billing from Washington, D.C., because more folks here exercise, fewer people smoke, we have awesome outdoor recreation opportunities, and there's a lot less obesity, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Last year we ranked No. 3. And in case you're wondering, the tubs o' goo in Oklahoma City ranked dead last again.

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul 2. Washington, D.C. 3. Boston, Mass. 4. Portland, Ore. 5. Denver, Colo. 6. San Francisco, Calif. 7. Hartford, Conn. 8. Seattle, Wash. 9. Virginia Beach, Va. 10. Sacramento, Calif.

Link: Download the full report here.