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2014 Mankato Marathon Video

“I’m one of the people featured in the 2014 Mankato Marathon promotional videos. The (Dan Abraham Healthy Living center) staff are really pumped. One of the fitness instructors has been considering training for her first half marathon, and after seeing the video, she was so inspired by the story that it put it over the edge and she’s going for it.”
– Rebecca Williams, Mayo Clinic Health System

2015 Bold Story Contest

The Mankato Marathon is offering free race registrations for life for the boldest story. Participants of past Mankato Marathon races or the upcoming 2015 races submited video stories detailing overcoming a hardship to run a race, an inspiring story of why they started running, or a touching story about why they are running or have ran a Mankato Marathon race.

The top 4 video finalists were chosen by a committee and the overall winner will be chosen from those top 4 by the most views on YouTube.  The overall Bold Stories winner will receive the grand prize of a lifetime bib.

The Boldest Story Contest ends at midnight on October 11.

The winner will be announced at the OFC Speaker Series on Saturday, October 17.

View the Top 4 Boldest Stories. Go>

“Thanks for another great race!! This past year was my fourth year running during the Mankato Marathon weekend. The half is great, beautiful and sometimes challenging course. You can really get lost in the fall colors, until some of the hills come up and bring you back to reality… The race is incredibly well run. I still remember running the 10k my first year, which was your second year hosting the race and being super impressed with how smoothly everything went considering it was a young race. It truly is my favorite race of the year!’’

– Patti Radford, 4 time Mankato Marathoner



Beyond the Miles

icon_blogThe Mankato Marathon paired up with Mayo Clinic Health System to create a blog that will provide tips for training, nutrition, injury prevention, recovery and other running-related subjects each month from a different Mayo Clinic Health System experts.

Read this month’s post Dr. Stephan Thomé: Champion Runner and Unintentional Marathoner by Mayo Clinic Health System’s Dr. Stephan Thomé, an oncologist at Mayo Clinic Health System.

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18 Cheer Zones on the Marathon Course

Keep an eye out for a cheer zone nearly every two miles on the marathon course. Cheer zones are meant to inspire marathon runners, pump them up along the route and encourage them to the finish line. Go>

“Did most of the city come out to cheer?? We have done a good amount of runs and could not believe the crowd support!! Wow! Fantastic!!… We will be back next October!!!’’
– Tami Streich, Sioux Falls

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Voice of the Mankato Marathon

TJ at speaker series 2011TJ from the Minnesota 93 morning show is the Voice of the Mankato Marathon. Running Mantra – “You are stronger than you seem” – Winnie the Pooh. Check out TJ on the microphone during the weekend events of the Mankato Marathon and on the race course.
More about TJ.Go>

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