This marathon has no shortage of crowds to cheer you on including cheer teams, aid stops and spectators. Mankato has definitely embraced this as a community event and pulled out all the stops! This race is known for the finish line – Athletes get a fabulous finisher medal, and can partake in food galore, music, messages, personal photos and kids activities for the young or maybe young at heart.
Picture this course: Marathoners begin at the MSU parking lots and travel south on Monks Street to Mile 3 with dedicated police escorts to ensure the road stays closed. At the intersection of Monks and Hwy 90, half marathons take a right while the marathoners take a left. Once you turn left, you will continue on Hwy 90. While running along Hwy 90, you will go down and then back up through the Le Seuer River valley before turning left onto Hwy 41 where you will again go down and back up through the Le Seuer River Valley. These are the only two significant hills you will have in the marathon course. From here it is mostly flat as you go through Lions Park and back south down Monks Avenue to Hwy 90. From this point forward you will follow the same course as the half marathoners to the finish line.
Once you take a right onto Hwy 90, you will go about 2 miles and then it is mostly downhill from here. From the view point at mile 18, you can see the runners ahead of you for over a mile. Just after mile 18, you will get on the trail system and be on trails for the next 5 miles. Prepared to be amazed at the beautiful scenery you will see that will make you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. At mile 22.5 you will come out onto Riverfront Drive and back into the city. From here you will go through Riverfront Park which is landmark of Mankato along the Minnesota River. Once through the park you come back onto Riverfront Drive and then onto Front Street where the finish line awaits you.
A note for all you Relay runners, you follow the same course as all the marathoners. Relay exchange zones are at miles 6.7 miles (Exchange Zone 1), 13.1 miles (Exchange Zone 2) and 19.8 miles (Exchange Zone 3). We have busses taken the runners to the exchange zones. Very important note: Sheriff’s department is asking all runners for Exchange Zone 1 to take the bus.
For all Female Teams, All Male Teams and Co-Ed Teams
Overall winners for the Relay will receive an award medal. Relay runners are not eligible for cash prizes. Overall winners are determined by Gun Time and not by Chip Time.
All runners will receive a technical shirt and medal.
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