Dick-Beardsley2014 Keynote Speaker: Dick Beardsley

Dick Beardsley is an American long-distance runner best known for his close finish with Alberto Salazar in the 1982 Boston Marathon often called one of the most memorable finishes in marathon history. Born and raised in Minnesota, Dick Beardsley is now a best selling author and professional motivational inspirational speaker.

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Saturday, 10.18.14
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Myers Field House
Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Scheels Sport & Health Expo is home base for all pre-marathon action including packet pick-up, shopping, expo booths, the Kidz Zone, the Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash, and The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic Speaker Series. There will be a wide variety of exhibitors and vendors ranging from sporting goods to specialty items. There are also sports organizations and services providers who can offer varying services to athletes.

VENDORS: If you are interested in exhibiting at the Scheels Sport and Health Expo to this captive audience of runners, click here for more information and a Booth Registration Form. If you would like to speak to an Expo Sales Representative, call Josh Anderson at 507.385.6663 or email him at janderson@visitmankatomn.com.

Click here if you’re interested in promoting your business in the Mankato Marathon Race Bags.


Get inspired with our Runners’ Stories

Inspiration comes to runners from many avenues–personal goals, health issues, other’s example and tragedy are just a few of the influences.
We are proud that Mankato Marathon runners want to share their stories of boldness.

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Just for Kids

Kidz Zone 10.18.14 | 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Myers Field House – Minnesota State University, Mankato. Learn More. Go>

Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash 10.18.14
Myers Field House – Minnesota State University, Mankato. Learn More. Go>

10.18.14 | 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Attractions & Entertainment

Mankato is a welcoming city that embraces active people like you. We have over 50 miles of local, county and state paved trails nestled in a scenic river valley that is perfect for runners or cyclists.

After a day on our trails you can relax at a concert, gallery or outdoor restaurants with friends. We have a thriving arts community with quality theatre, music, dance and visual arts.

Find out more about attractions, entertainment and culinary experiences not to be missed at www.visitmankatomn.com.