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May the CouseMake the most of your Marathon weekend!

There are activities throughout marathon weekend for athletes, friends, and families to enjoy together. But when the horn blows Sunday morning, you only have a few hours to find eachother along the course and at the finish line. The easiest way to ensure you and your friends see each other is to plan ahead.

Here is some advice for everyone on race day.


Spectator Rules

  • No one is allowed on the course without a properly issued race number.
  • Help keep the course beautiful by not littering. Respect the property of others while spectating.
  • No vehicles of any kind are allowed on the course. The course can be crossed only at designated intersections.
  • Bikers should stay off the course and watch for spectators as much as runners.
  • Spectators must stay clear of the course and off the roads to avoid interfering with the participants.
  • Hold animals on a short leash. Keep them away from runners and be considerate of others.
  • Watch your children at all times. There will be thousands of participants and spectators at the events.
  • Lost kids/Lost and Found will be located at the Greater Mankato Information Booth by the finish line.


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Spectator Hints

  • Plan ahead and let your runners know where you will be cheering from on the course. It even helps to decide on which side of the course you will always be cheering from. This will help your runner see you.
    Spectator Viewing Location Map (Look for binocular icon)
  • Ask your runner what they’ll be wearing and tell them what you’ll be wearing also. It helps to hold a sign or balloons so your runner can pick you out in the crowd. It might be easier for your runner to see you than for you to see your runner.
  • Plan for traffic and road closures. Give yourself plenty of time to get from one viewing spot to another. Talk to your runner about their pace then get to the planned cheering location early and don’t leave if you don’t see someone right away. Your runner could be having a really good day or a tough one.
  • Cheer on the other runners too.
  • Course Maps

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Visitor Information

Mankato is a welcoming city that embraces active people like you. In addition to many wonderful events like the Mankato Marathon, we also 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.

We are just a short 75 miles from Minneapolis. Our growing community offers all of the services you would expect from a metropolitan area with the hospitality and charm of a close knit community.

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. If you love music, you won’t be disappointed. We attract headliner acts like Elton John to our Verizon Wireless Center and have a booming entertainment district in our City Center.

Find out more about attractions, entertainment and culinary experiences not to be missed at



You need more than a comfortable nights sleep before the big race. We have what you need. On-site restaurants, charming rooms for the B & B enthusiast, game rooms and swimming pools for kids, fitness and business facilities, or campsite/resort properties. Click here for list of all lodging options



From sophisticated cuisine to familiar food, diverse tastes are well served by family restaurants, up-tempo night spots, distinctive fine dining venues, and unique cafes catering to health-conscious diners and international palates. Check out dining options here



Since you are in town for the Mankato Marathon you might as well make a weekend of it. Our vibrant, historic downtown offers live music and our civic center draws international headliner acts. You will find a packed year-round event calendar in Mankato including quality theatre, music, dance, and visual arts. Check out what Mankato has to offer.

Explore Sakatah BridgeEntertainment 60 Outdoor concert Riverfront ParkEntertainment 97a Chancaska Creek

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