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.

Mayo Clinic Health System, presenting sponsor for the Mankato Marathon, has provided beneficial tips relating to nutrition.
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>
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 or 507.385.6660.

Deadline to submit a video is August 28, 2015.

Find out more on contest rules & incentives. Go>

October 22, 2011

By: Nicole Borg

It’s hard to know if
there are two hundred people
here or two thousand. The giant
TV screens filled with runners
might make you believe it’s
a million. You can see
the starting line from your place
next to the pacesetter.

You strip off your athletic
pants and jacket—it is cold
now with the sun just up but it
won’t be for long. You turn
on your Garmin and let it place you
in the world—
Mankato, MN.



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.

MSU Cheer Team 2011 cropped for web

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>



map-smView the elevation maps:
Half Marathon
Full Marathon

2013 Course Map. Go>