Saturday – 10.21.17
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.

2016’s Keynote Speakers:

Alisha Perkins

The Mankato Marathon is excited to have Alisha Perkins at the 2016 Mankato Marathon! Alisha is a born and raised Minnesotan, the mom of 2 girls, owner of their dog Harry Potter and the wife of husband Glen whose profession complicates and excites their normalcy. In her words “we interrupt this family to bring you the baseball season”. She started a blog called “Run Like a Mother” after she discovered running and through it found her voice. Her book entitled “Running Home” will be released in May of 2016.

As the wife of a professional baseball player, Alisha Perkins has long struggled to find an identity of her own—a struggle made worse by an anxiety disorder that has plagued her since childhood. One afternoon during spring training, Alisha, eager for a few minutes to herself, decides to take a short run around the neighborhood. What she discovers is her first taste of the elusive runner’s high, a release of her pent-up anxiety, and a chance to find her voice.

As Alisha progresses from shorter distances to full marathons—eventually organizing charity races of her own—she is able to let go of the nagging sense that she is “competent but not complete,” even as the demands of training compete with those of family and baseball. A memoir that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with self-doubt, Running Home is a poignant meditation on the steps that hold us back, and those that push us forward.

Kelcey Carlson

The Mankato Marathon is excited to welcome Minnesota Fox 9 News Anchor, Kelcey Carlson to the 2016 Mankato Marathon! Kelcey started at Fox 9 in February of 2014, anchoring the 5, 6 and 9 p.m. newscasts. She grew up in Indiana and has worked at stations all over including Michigan, North and South Carolina.

As a child, Kelcey took several family vacations to the area. “Minnesota has been calling me since opened up my first Little House on the Prairie book,” Kelcey said. She now resides in Minnesota with her husband Dave, their three kids, Charlie, Kellen and Kathryn, and dog, Stubbs.

Kelcey began running because “it was cheaper than going to the gym.” She quickly became addicted to running and has since completed 30 marathons including seven Boston Marathons.

Runners of all stages will be sure to relate to Kelcey’s topic “Find a Finish Line” at the 2016 Speaker series.



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 10.21.17 | 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Myers Field House – Minnesota State University, Mankato. Learn More. Go>

Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash 10.21.17
Myers Field House – Minnesota State University, Mankato. Learn More. Go>

10.21.17 | 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 more than 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.