Training

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.

EAT RIGHT
Mayo Clinic Health System, presenting sponsor for the Mankato Marathon, has provided beneficial tips relating to nutrition.
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TRAIN RIGHT
The Mankato YMCA, official sponsor of the KidsK, has provided tips for the physical side of training. The Y knows that a running schedule is a big piece of training for a marathon, but that the body also needs cross-training. Go>
THINK RIGHT
Have you ever heard the expression that the brain is the most important piece of running equipment you have? That’s why the Mankato Marathon has added a Sport Psych Team to help runners before and during the marathon. Go>

Tell us your BOLD Story – get a chance for a LIFE-TIME race bib

The Mankato Marathon is looking for bold stories and is offering free race registrations for life for the boldest story. Participants of past Mankato Marathon races or the upcoming 2015 races can submit 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 5 video finalists will be chosen by a committee and the overall winner will be chosen from those top 5 by the most views on YouTube.  The overall Bold Stories winner will receive the grand prize of a lifetime bib. The top five Bold Stories will receive a free race registration for the 2016 Mankato Marathon.  All top 5 video finalists and any video with over 1,000 views will receive a $20 Mankato Marathon merchandise item.

YouTube links of video submissions can be sent to Kathryn at kreeder@visitmankatomn.com or 507.385.6660.

Deadline to submit a video is August 28, 2015.

Find out more on contest rules & incentives. 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

 

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Beyond the Miles

BlogThe Mankato Marathon paired up with Mayo Clinic Health System to create a new 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 expert.

Read this month’s post by Mayo Clinic Health System’s Alyssa Baker – Designing your taper to maximize your potential on race day.

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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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Course

map-smView the elevation maps:
10k
Half Marathon
Full Marathon

2013 Course Map. Go>