Training Races


It’s well known that training for a marathon involves more than just a pair of good running shoes and determination. A successful training program takes into account the entire runner–mind, body and soul. Below are when and where other runners are gathering for group runs. Others are welcome to join! If you know of another group run outing, share it with us:


Below are some local training groups to get you ready for the Mankato Marathon:

  • At 7 a.m. Saturdays from the Mankato Family YMCA (1401 S Riverfront Dr, Mankato, MN 56001); meet below the steps between the Y and Mankato West parking lot
  • At 5:30 p.m. Mondays from River Valley Running in Mankato. Go>


Here are some great training races to get you ready for the Mankato Marathon.


April 28, 2018: Falls Duathlon – Cannon Falls, Minn. Go>

May 6, 2018: Unleash The SHE (10K, 5K, Walk & 1K Kids Run) – Rochester, Minn. Go>

May 12, 2018: Trample Trauma (5K & 2K) – Rochester, Minn. Go>

May 18, 2018: Stay Out of the Sun Run (10K & 5K) – Rochester, Minn. Go>

May 19-20, 2018: Run and Ride (1 mile, 5K, quarter marathon and half marathon) – Shakopee, Minn. Go>

May 26-27, 2018: Med City Marathon (Marathon, Half, Relay, 20 mile, 5K, Kids Marathon, Toddler Trot & Diaper Dash) – Rochester, Minn. Go>

June 9, 2018: Liberty Triathlon – Rockford, Minn. Go>

June 18, 2018: Rochesterfest Triathlon – Rochester, Minn. Go>

June 24, 2018: Lake Waconia Triathlon – Waconia, Minn. Go>

August 4, 2018: Waseca Spring Triathlon – Waseca, Minn. Go>

August 11, 2018: Gopher to Badger (Half & 5K) – Hudson, Wis. Go>

August 12, 2018: North Mankato Triathlon – North Mankato, Minn. Go>

September 15-16, 2018: Med City Fall (Half, 10K & 5K) – Rochester, Minn. Go>

Past Races

April 8, 2017: Scheels Spring Half & 5K – Mankato, Minn. Go>

May 6, 2017: 2nd Annual Monroe Color Run – Mankato, Minn. Go>

May 6, 2017: IGH B.E.S.T. Foundation May Day 5K – Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Go>

May 6, 2017: Stride for Students 5K – Prior Lake, Minn. Go>

May 21, 2017: Gear West Duathlon – Orono, Minn. Go>

May 21, 2017: Apple Blossom Races (Half, 10K, 5K & 2K Fun Run) – Hastings, Minn. Go>

June 23, 2017: Firefly 5K – St. Clair, Minn. Go>

July 15, 2017: WineK Trail Run (5K) - Kasota, Minn. Go>

July 30, 2017: Chocoholic Frolic (10K, 5K & Kids Run) – Appleton, Wis. Go>

August 5, 2017: MAD Bull 5K – North Mankato, Minn. Go>

August 26, 2017: SCHEELS Healthy Human Race (Half, Half Marathon Relay, & 5K) – Rochester, Minn. Go>

August 27, 2017: Moms on the Run (10K, 5K & Kids Run) – Lake Elmo, Minn. Go>

September 9, 2017: Time to Fly (15K, 10K, 5K, Walk and Kids Run) – St. Paul, Minn. Go>

September 10, 2017: HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer (5K, 2K and Kids Fun Run) – Edina, Minn. Go>

September 16, 2017: Bad Prom 5K – Mankato, Minn. Go>

October 1, 2017: Tutu Run (2.2-mile run/walk) – Mankato, Minn. Go>

October 7, 2017: Night Nation Run (5K Fun Run) - Twin Cities – Shakopee, Minn. Go>

October 14, 2017: Big Woods Run (Half, 10K, 5K & Kids K) – Faribault, Minn. Go>


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