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FAQ

Are there any registration discounts available?
Two-Race Discount:
We’ll give you $10 off the 5K on Saturday if you run one of the races on Sunday too! Register for one of your races and then email info@finalstretch.com or call 507-664-9438 to get your Two-Race discount code before registering for your second event!

Corporate Discount:
Join together a group of your co-workers and save money on registration. We will give $5 discounts per person for companies who have 10 or more runners. Corporate groups must register all runners at the same time. Our online registration will automatically apply the corporate discount during the registration process.

We also encourage companies to purchase company shirts for their teams. It’s a great way to promote your company – you will be seen as a community partner, a supportive employer, and an organization that cares about employee health.

If you have questions about signing up a corporate running group email info@finalstretch.com or call 507-664-9438 for more information.

Military Discount:
We are happy to support those who protect us. That’s why we offer $5 off any race registration to those in the military. To receive a military discount send an email to info@finalstretch.com or call 507-664-9438. You will need to show your military ID when picking up your race packet.

 

I registered but don’t see my name on the participant list.
Double check that your card was charged or that the check was cashed. Our online participant list is updated instantly when a new runner registers. You can confirm your registration here. Mail in entries are added to the database by hand and don’t always appear right away. If you are having issues confirming your registration please email info@finalstretch.com or call 507-664-9438.


I registered for one race and want to switch to a different race, is that possible?

It is possible to switch races until October 20, 2017. You can change your race distance by returning to the online registration and logging into the account that you used to sign up. Once logged in you will have an option to switch distances using the transfer request. There is a $5 switching fee along with any event price differences.


I cannot run the race anymore – can I get my money back?

Race fees are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to next year’s race or another event. Sorry, no exceptions. However, your registration can be transferred to another participant up to one week before race day. Registration transfers can be done through the online registration page once logged into Race Roster. There is a $15 transfer fee along with any event price difference. There will be no registration transfers after the deadline or on race day.


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 - 1,200 participants
5K - 1,000 participants
KidsK - 300 participants
My Bold Walk - 200 participants


How will I know how full each race is?

On the online registration page you can view how many spots are still available for each distance.


When does online registration close?

Online registration closes at midnight on October 20, 2017. Registration is also available at the Sport & Health Expo Saturday, October 21 if spots are still open.


Will there be any on-site registration?

Registration reopens at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the 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 2017, 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. 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 and half marathon courses are USATF certified. The marathon can be used as 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 buses from the Cherry Street Ramp to the start line.

View and download a map of the start line.

PARKING at the FINISH near the VERIZON CENTER

There is plenty of parking in the City Center that is around and within walking distance of the finish line. 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 Cherry Street Ramp to the start line at Minnesota State University, Mankato at 6 a.m. Last bus will leave from the civic center at 7:05 a.m. Note: the shuttle buses are for runners only, they will not return to the Finish Line after the race begins.

 

Where is the start line?
The start lines for all races are located in the parking lots of the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus. The parking lots are located on the southwest corner of Stadium Road and Monks Avenue. If you are dropping your runner off, please remember that you will be able to park in these lots on the north half but not the south half. The actual start lines are in the middle of these lots. All 10K runners will start at 7:30 a.m. All Relay, Half and Full Marathon runners will start together ay 8 a.m.


Are there showers at the finish line?

There are no showers at the finish line, but the Mankato Family YMCA has showers available after 10 a.m. Sunday, October 22.


How can I become a vendor at the Scheels Sport and Health Expo?

If you are interested in exhibiting at the Scheels Sport and Health Expo Saturday, October 21, click here for more details and a registration form.


Where and when is packet pickup?

Packet pick-up is highly recommended on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Myers Field House at Minnesota State University, Mankato during the 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 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for the 10K, Half Marathon, Relay Marathon and Full Marathon.

If for some reason you are not able to attend packet pick-up you may have a friend or family member pick up the packet for you. They will need to bring the following permission form with them. Packet Pick up Waiver


Are there any hotels deals for runners?

The Courtyard by Marriott and AmericInn Mankato hotels are the official Lodging Sponsors of the Mankato Marathon and are offering a special Marathon Runners Package. 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, so 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 a.m. 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 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
Full marathon
3:15 7:26/mile
3:25 7:49/mile
3:35 8:12/mile
3:45 8:35/mile
4:00 9:10/mile
4:15 9:32/mile
4:30 10:18/mile
5:00 11:27/mile
Half marathon
1:30 6:52/mile
1:35 7:15/mile
1:40 7:38/mile
1:45 8:01/mile
1:50 8:23/mile
1:55 8:47/mile
2:00 9:10/mile
2:10 9:55/mile
2:20 10:41/mile
2:30 11:27/mile
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 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 pacersam@yahoo.com 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 valuable information to all participants. 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 Mayo Clinic Health System 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 bag drop area near the start line to drop your clothes and gear prior to the race. Items must be in your Mayo Clinic Health System Drop Bag. NO OTHER BAGS ALLOWED. You can pick up your bag in the runner’s corral at the end of your race. 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. Any items left unattended at the starting line and/or finish line for the 10K, relay, half or marathon will be picked up and donated to a local charity.


IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT SAFETY AND SECURITY

With the tragic events that occurred in Boston, we are taking as many precautionary steps as we can to keep the Mankato Marathon safe for everyone involved. With that, we have a couple of important things for you the participants to note:

1. ALL UNATTENDED BAGS left anywhere on the grounds will be confiscated.

2. The Runner Bag Drop will be heavily monitored, and all Mayo bags used for the Runner Bag drop are subject to search.

3. ONLY Mayo bags which participants receive at packet pickup will be allowed into the Runner Bag Drop.

4. The Runner Bag Drop is ONLY for 10K, Half and Full Marathon Participants.

We are looking forward to a safe event for everyone!


Where will the aid station and water stops be and what will they have?

Mile 2.4 = Water, ice, portable toilets and Medical Support
Mile 4.7 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
Mile 6.8 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
Mile 8.9 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support, Carbos
Mile 11 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, Carbos, portable toilets and Medical Support, Hammer Gels
Mile 13.3 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
Mile 15.5 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
Mile 17.8 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, Carbos, portable toilets and Medical Support
Mile 19.8 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, Fruit, portable toilets and Medical Support, Hammer Gels
Mile 21.8 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support, Fruit
Mile 22.8 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
Mile 24 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
Mile 25.4 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
The exact mileages are subject to change. The sports drink at the aid stations will be varying flavors of Gatorade.


What personnel will be available along the course?

There are 12 medical aid stations along the marathon course and a medical field station at the finish line. They are marked on the map with a first aid symbol. For medical assistance along the course, look for personnel in the red shirts; they will be available to assist you.

Police officers will be located at all major intersections where traffic intersects the course. They will also be patrolling the course. Please keep in mind this is not a closed course. You must follow the rules of the road.

Communication personnel and head course marshals will have radios and phones to contact emergency personnel quickly. All official marathon committee members will also be available.


How long will time be kept for the marathon?

Official time will be kept for 6 hours and 15 minutes (2:15 p.m.). 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 22, 2017. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by traffic delays.

Watch for the following roads & intersections:

Monks Avenue and Stadium Road – 7:25 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.
Monks Avenue from Stadium Road to County Road 90 – 7:25 to 8:40 a.m.
Traffic congestion at Victory Drive and County Road 82 – 8:50 to 10:25 a.m.
Stadium Road closed from State Highway 22 to Victory Drive – 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Traffic congestion at State Highway 22 and Stadium Road – 8:50 to 10:30
Traffic congestion at State Highway 22 and County Road 90 – 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
Major traffic congestion on Stadium Road from Monks Avenue to Victory Drive – 9 to 11 a.m.
One lane closed on Victory Drive from Balcerzak Drive to County Road 82 – 6 to 11 a.m.
One lane closed on Balcerzak Drive from Monks Avenue to Victory Drive – 6 to 11 a.m.
Traffic congestion on Blue Earth Street at the Red Jacket Trail – 8:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Poplar Street will be closed from Riverfront Drive to the Sibley Road – 4 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Riverfront Drive will be closed from Poplar Street to Stoltzman Road – 4 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sibley Parkway will be closed from Mound Avenue to Poplar Street – 4 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Front Street will be closed from Riverfront Drive through Cherry Street – 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.

View and download the Traffic Restriction Map.

 

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