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.

Helpful Spectator Hints. Go>

Learn our Spectator Rules. Go>

Course Maps. Go>

Activity Guide. Go>

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!

Learn More Cheers. Go>


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 and Stadium Road – 7:25 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.
  • Monks Avenue from Stadium Road to County Road 90 – 7:25 to 8:40 a.m.
  • Traffic congestion at Victory Drive and County Road 82 – 8:50 to 10:25 a.m.
  • Stadium Road closed from State Highway 22 to Victory Drive – 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Traffic congestion at State Highway 22 and Stadium Road – 8:50 to 10:30
  • Traffic congestion at State Highway 22 and County Road 90 – 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
  • One lane closed on Victory Drive from Balcerzak Drive to County Road 82 – 6 to 11 a.m.
  • One lane closed on Balcerzak Drive from Monks Avenue to Victory Drive – 6 to 11 a.m.
  • Traffic congestion on Blue Earth Street at the Red Jacket Trail – 8:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Poplar Street will be closed from Riverfront Drive to the Sibley Road – 4 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Riverfront Drive will be closed from Poplar Street to Stoltzman Road – 4 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Sibley Parkway will be closed from Mound Avenue to Poplar Street – 4 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Front Street will be closed from Riverfront Drive through Cherry Street – 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Traffic Restriction Map


Activity Guide

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

Download the 2016 Mankato Marathon Activity Guide. Go>