Toddler Trot/Diaper Dash
The Diaper Dahs and Toddler Trot are a must for the youngest ones. These spectacular races are designed just for all the crawlers and toddlers out there and are great opportunities to teach healthy habits from the start.
If you’re looking to encourage your kids to get a bit out of their comfort zone, the KidsK is the perfect setting. This is a welcoming, nothing-but-fun race that starts with lots of music and high energy. It’s ideal for kids who are new to running or physical activity. If your kids enter this race, run next to them if you’re able, or line up along the course and cheer them on—their excitement and energy will be contagious. In addition to having a great time, they will get an awesome t-shirt and medal they can wear to school.
My Bold Walk
This walk is for all the fierce warriors out there! If you or someone you know has chronic health conditions, injuries or obstacles in their life, but would like to be part of a supported event, be sure to register for this exciting new opportunity. This walk defines grit and celebrates those who are striving to do better and be better every single day. For this walk, just getting to the starting line is brave and courageous.
This is the perfect distance for all those who are just starting to dabble in running. It’s ideal because it can be a run/walk. Keep in mind, this is not “just a 5k”—this distance absolutely counts and needs to be celebrated. It may be the shortest distance of the races on Marathon weekend, but it is a worthy distance—you still need to train and pace yourself. A good meal before the race and hydrating yourself on the course is important. Take the opportunity to run/walk the course prior to race day to build the excitement and be sure to take time to celebrate your accomplishment.
If you’re looking for a fun team experience, this is your race. Grab four of your running friends and sign up for the Mankato Marathon Relay—it will not disappoint. Train together, and encourage each other. Set up a group text messaging system for daily support, and consider looking for some type of challenge with another team. I know of a friendly competition between employees at Mayo Clinic Health System Northridge Clinic and Dr. Chaun Cox. If the relay team is able to run the marathon route faster than Chaun is able to run the Mankato Marathon, Chaun will buy this team dinner. And if Chaun runs faster, the relay team will buy him dinner.
Good luck to all the runners and their supporters!
About the author:
Kate Cox is a licensed social worker with Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Kate has run two Mankato Marathons, two half marathons and one 10K. This year, she will be running the Mankato Half Marathon or the 10K.
For more information, visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org.