Make 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 each other 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 marathon day.

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races_group_shotFAVORITE CHEERS

Every runner can use some support. Clap, shout and show your support for all participants.In addition to shouting your support, bring along cowbells, tambourines, thunder sticks or make a sign. Many cheering supplies are available from sponsors at the Expo.

  • Keep smiling!
  • You’re looking awesome!
  • Running smooth!
  • Way to wheel!
  • Way to run!
  • One stride at a time!

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Here are some suggested locations for the marathon and half marathon. Please refer to the course map for binocular icons showing the viewing spots.

  • Start Line at MSU, Mankato Parking Lots (Monks Avenue & Stadium Rd)
  • Monks Avenue & 200th Street (2nd time through for marathoners)
  • Hwy 90 & 584th Avenue (marathoners only)
  • Jaycee Park (Pohl Road & Balcerzak Drive) (marathoners only)
  • Lions Lake (Homestead Road & Sandpiper Drive) (marathoners only)
  • Hwy 90 & Indian Lake Road (both races)
  • Red Jacket Trail trailhead on Hwy 66 just North of Mount Kato
  • Poplar Street Across from YMCA by Burger King
  • In Sibley Park and all along the Sibley Park River Trail
  • Along Riverfront Drive to the Finish Line

Spectator Viewing Location Map (Look for the Binocular Icon)

Road Closures

Please beware of road closures for the marathon and half marathon. There will some minor traffic disruptions in Mankato into the early afternoon on Sunday. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by traffic delays.

Watch for the following roads & intersections:

  • Monks Avenue & Stadium Road – 7:25 am to 8:20 am
  • Monks Avenue from Stadium Road to CR 90 – 7:25 to 8:40 am
  • Victory Drive and CR 82 Traffic Congestion – 8:50 to 10:25 am
  • One Lane closed on Victory Drive from Balcerzak to CR 82 – 6:00 to 11:00 am
  • One Lane closed on Balcerzak from Monks Avenue to Victory Drive – 6:00 to 11:00 am
  • Blue Earth Street will have Traffic Congestion at the Red Jacket Trail – 8:40 am to 1:30 pm
  • Poplar Street will be closed from Riverfront Drive to the Sibley Raod – 4:00 am to 2:30 pm
  • Riverfront Drive will be closed (from Poplar Street to Stoltzman Road) – 4:00 am to 2:30 pm
  • Riverfront Drive will be reduced to one lane each way (from Main Street to Stoltzman Road) – 4:00 am to 2:30 pm
  • Road closed from all side streets to Riverfront Drive from Stoltzman Road to Main Street – 4:00 am to 2:30 pm

Traffic Restriction Map


Activity Guide

The Activity Guide will be distributed to all the runners in their runner packets.

2016 Activity Guide Coming Soon>