I registered but don’t see my name on the participant list.
We are updating our list of registrants weekly as we get closer to race day. This information is posted on our participant list page. If you are worried about your registration and need immediate assistance, please contact the Race Manager, Mark Bongers at email@example.com, with your name, the race your registered for and when, and he will get back to you with confirmation.
I registered for one race and want to switch to a different race, is that possible?
It is possible to switch races up until October 5, 2013. After that point we cannot make any more changes.
I cannot run the race anymore – can I get my money back?
Sorry there are no refunds.
Are there caps on the number of entries?
Yes, each race has a limit on the number of runners.
Marathon: 1,500 participants
Half Marathon 2,000 participants
10K 1200 participants
5K 1000 participants
Kids K 400 participants
How will I know how full each race is?
As the race gets closer, there will be two different places where you can check the capacity of each race. You can look at the participant list for each race and see how full each race is.
When does online registration close?
Online registration closes at 6 p.m. on October 13, 2013. Registration is also available at the Scheels and New Balance Sport & Health Expo on Saturday, October 19 for those races that are still open.
Will there be any on-site registration?
Registration reopens at noon on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Scheels and New Balance Sport & Health Expo for races that are not filled. No race day registration for the Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K.
Is there prize money?
In 2013, the Overall Awards for the Male and Female in the marathon and half marathon will include a cash prize of the following: First Place – $250; Second Place – $100; and Third Place – $50. Overall winners for the men’s and women’s marathon and half marathon will also receive a trophy from Vetter Stone as the Overall Award Sponsor. As part of their sponsorship. Medals will be given to all half and full marathon finishers and each age category winner as well.
The age categories will remain at every ten years for men and women for the 5K, 10K, and full marathon. Due to the growth of the half marathon, however, that race was changed to recognize winners within age categories of every 5 years. For example men, age 40 – 44 years rather than age 40 – 49 years. This will allow more people to win in their age category.
For more information visit the webpage specific to the race you are running.
Is the course certified?
The marathon course is certified and USATF sanctioned. It is also a Boston Marathon qualifier.
Where should runners park for the marathon?
Runners are required to either get dropped off at the start line at Minnesota State University, Mankato campus OR park in downtown Mankato and take the shuttle busses from the Verizon Wireless Center to the start line.
PARKING at the FINISH near the VERIZON WIRELESS CENTER
There is plenty of parking in the City Center that is around and within walking distance of the Verizon Wireless Center. Parking is also available in nearby parking ramps and on-street parking. Please see the map below to find parking locations that are available to you. Please note….runners and family members will not be allowed access to the downtown parking ramp via the alley. Parking ramp access for runners is allowed only on the south entrance.
Download a map of the City Center parking ramps.
Are there shuttles to the start line?
On the morning of the race, buses will start taking people from the Verizon Wireless Civic Center to the start line at Minnesota State University, Mankato at 6:15 am. Last bus will leave from the civic center at 7:05 am. Note: the shuttle buses are for runners only, they will not return to the Verizon Wireless Center after the race begins.
How can I become a vendor at the Scheels and New Balance Sport and Health Expo?
If you are interested in exhibiting at the Scheels and New Balance Sport and Health Expo on Saturday, October 19, click here for more details and a registration form.
Where and when is packet pickup?
Packet pick-up is recommended on Saturday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Myers Field House at Minnesota State University, Mankato during the Scheels and New Balance Sport and Health Expo. Otherwise, you are allowed, if necessary, to pick up your packet near the start line at the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus from 6:10 am to 7:30 am on Sunday for the 10K, Half Marathon, Relay Marathon and Full Marathon.
Are there any hotels deals for runners?
The Country Inns & Suites is the official Lodging Sponsor of the Mankato Marathon and is offering a special Marathon Runners Package. You can call them at 507.388.8555. Other hotels are also providing special rates for runners. Click here for list of all lodging options. You will not find these special offers on third party booking sites, you should contact the hotels directly.
Do all the races start at the same time?
No, the 10K race will start at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday and the Marathon/Half/Relay will all start at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. The KidsK and 5K take place on Saturday afternoon. For more information visit the specific race page of the website.
Is there a pace team?
Yes – the Minnesota Pacers Pace Team.
Minnesota Pacers will carry signs to lead groups to the finish line to reach specific time goals. Feel free to stop by the Minnesota Pacers booth at the Scheels and New Balance Sport and Health Expo or at the start line and sign up for free. The pacers will be handing out pace bands to runners at the expo booth as well. The Minnesota Pacers Pace Team is comprised of locally talented runners who have been carefully chosen based on their recent success in marathons. Let them guide you to the finish line on race morning.
|Pace groups for the following time goals|
Beginning 30 minutes before the race, the official pace team will be lined up at the starting line according to pace. The pacers will make all last minute instructions on their group at the starting line. Please check at the general information booth at the Scheels and New Balance Sport and Health Expo and at the start line on race day for more pace groups that may be added to this list.
Sam Ryder is the Minnesota Pacers leader and you can email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for any pacer related questions or comments from runners.
Is there a headphones policy?
Participants are allowed to use headphones and similar devices at this event, but at their own risk. With this said, for the safety of all the participants, we strongly encourage a headphone free environment at this race. Participants safety is Final Stretch’s highest priority when managing a race. Therefore, if you are wearing headphones or similar devices during the event, please turn them off or remove them when coming to an intersection that is monitored by police or course marshals. They are trying to make this event safe for you and need to communicate to all participants valuable information. Thank you for your cooperation in advance for making this event a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.
I have several friends coming to cheer me on, where are the best spectator spots along the course?
Please check out the Spectators page of our website for the best spectator viewing spots, “cheer zones” and spectator tips.
Is there a runner bag drop?
Marathon, Half Marathon, first runner on Relay Team and 10K runners will be able to check their belongings on race day at the start line. At packet pick up, runners will receive their official Mankato Marathon Drop Bag (same as goodie bag) as well as a bag label which corresponds to your bib number. Before your race attach the bag label to your bag and fill the bag with your warm-up clothes. There will be a large truck by the start line to drop your clothes and gear prior to the race. Items must be in your Mankato Marathon Drop Bag. NO OTHER BAGS ALLOWED. You can pick up your bag at the truck at the end of the runner’s corral. You must show your race number to get your gear back.
We ask that no valuable or fragile items be left in your gear. This drop area is for only gear and there is no guarantee on your items. We do not accept responsibility for loss or theft.
Where will the aid station and water stops be and what will they have?
- Mile 2.4 = Water, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 4.7 = Water, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 6.8 = Water, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 8.9 = Water, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 11 = Water, Sports Drink, Carbos, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 13.3 = Water, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 15.5 = Water, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 17.8 = Water, Sports Drink, Carbos, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 19.8 = Water, Sports Drink, Fruit, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 21.8 = Water, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 22.8 = Water, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 24 = Water, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 25.4 = Water, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
The exact mileages are subject to change. The sports drink at the aid stations will be Gatorade.
How long will time be kept for the marathon?
Official time will be kept for 6 hours (2:15 pm). Please email the race director if you feel that you will be unable to complete the marathon in this time period.
Are any roads going to be closed for the marathon?
There will some minor traffic disruptions in Mankato until early afternoon Sunday, October 20, 2013. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by traffic delays.
Watch for the following roads & intersections:
- Monks Avenue & Stadium Road – 7:25 am to 8:20 am
- Monks Avenue from Stadium Road to CR 90 – 7:25 to 8:40 am
- Victory Drive and CR 82 Traffic Congestion – 8:50 to 10:25 am
- One Lane closed on Victory Drive from Balcerzak to CR 82 – 6:00 to 11:00 am
- One Lane closed on Balcerzak from Monks Avenue to Victory Drive – 6:00 to 11:00 am
- Blue Earth Street will have Traffic Congestion at the Red Jacket Trail – 8:40 am to 1:30 pm
- Poplar Street will be closed from Riverfront Drive to the Sibley Raod – 4:00 am to 2:30 pm
- Riverfront Drive will be closed (from Poplar Street to Stoltzman Road) – 4:00 am to 2:30 pm
- Riverfront Drive will be reduced to one lane each way (from Main Street to Stoltzman Road) – 4:00 am to 2:30 pm
- Road closed from all side streets to Riverfront Drive from Stoltzman Road to Main Street – 4:00 am to 2:30 pm