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2018 Mankato Marathon Charities Program Seeks New Benefactors

MANKATO, Minn.—The Mankato Marathon is seeking three new benefactors to round out the 2018 Charities Program.

Interested local charities can find an application at mankatomarathon.com/charities/charities. Applications are due December 15.

Through the Mankato Marathon Charities Program, five chosen qualifying 501(c)(3) charities must recruit four Champion Runners will fundraise on its behalf and run in either the full marathon or the half marathon. To receive a free registration, each Champion Runner must raise a minimum of $500 for his or her respective charity. In 2017, the Mankato Marathon Charity Program raised nearly $23,000 for its five chosen local charities.

In addition to the Champion Runners’ efforts, the Mankato Marathon helps raise additional donations by allowing runners to make donations through online and paper registrations. Charities can benefit through media and website exposure and other promotional mentions provided by the Mankato Marathon.

The charity’s application will be reviewed by a selection committee, and the charities will be selected and announced prior to race registration opening January 1, 2018.

The two returning charities from 2017 are Open Door Health Center and Project for Teens.

For more information about the Mankato Marathon Charities Program, visit mankatomarathon.com/charities/charities or contact Joelle at jbaumann@visitmankatomn.com or 507-385-6679.

For more information about the Mankato Marathon, visit mankatomarathon.com. 

About the 2017 Mankato Marathon:
On October 21-22, 2017 Visit Mankato and Final Stretch will host the eighth annual Mankato Marathon. This accredited race is a qualifying event for the prestigious Boston Marathon and is projected to have an eighth-year attendance of 5,000 runners. The event will continually grow to have significant economic impact in the community and already has incredible local sponsorship, with Mayo Clinic Health System leading a long list of area businesses. There are many ways to get involved as a business, runner, volunteer or spectator. For more information on the 2017 Mankato Marathon visit mankatomarathon.com or call 507-385-6660.


About Visit Mankato:
Visit Mankato, the local convention and visitor’s bureau is an affiliate of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., which also includes the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization, Greater Mankato Growth, and downtown development organization, City Center Partnership. Visit Mankato leads the development of the visitor economy in Greater Mankato by activity promoting Greater Mankato as a premier destination for conventions, tournaments and tourism. These activities bring a steady flow of visitors and business activity to Greater Mankato that benefits local residents and future visitors. The work of Visit Mankato helps strengthen the hospitality industry which provides jobs, a diverse tax base and amenities for everyone to enjoy.


About Final Stretch, Inc.:
Final Stretch Inc. is a race management company that has been promoting events in the upper Midwest since 1995. The company is managed by Mark Bongers, who took over ownership of the company in 2002. Final Stretch has a business philosophy of marketing fun, unique, high-quality races to the running community. Final Stretch’s experience and quality management processes combine with each race’s “community feel” to provide runners with an experience different than any other events. It continuously looks for new events to complement the current events at Final Stretch. Additionally, Final Stretch continues to improve the service provided to each runner in order to ensure every participant can say, “Today was a great day to run and I had a fabulous time!”

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership