2016’s Keynote Speaker: 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 26 marathons including six Boston Marathons.

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

Saturday, 10.15.16
11 a.m. to 6:30 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.



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 10.15.16 | 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Myers Field House – Minnesota State University, Mankato. Learn More. Go>

Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash 10.15.16
Myers Field House – Minnesota State University, Mankato. Learn More. Go>

10.17.15 | 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.