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Cheer Teams are the Mankato Marathon's Claim to Fame


MANKATO, Minn.—Cheer Teams are part of what makes the Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, recognized as the top marathon in Minnesota worth traveling for and the best half marathon in the state.

“Our cheer teams are a true statement of our community involvement with the marathon,” said Anna Thill, president of Visit Mankato.

Being part of a Cheer Team is a fun bonding activity for businesses, clubs, organizations, friends and families.

“Cheering on those runners to push forward and to not give up can be such a rewarding experience,” said Thill. “The runners really appreciate the extra encouragement, too.”

Cheer Teams are encouraged to show off their creativity. They can play music, wear costumes and cheer or chant to encourage runners. Following the races, runners will have a chance to vote for the best Cheer Team.

Cheer zones spots are filling up fast. Contact Crystal Olson at colson@visitmankatomn.com or at 507-385-6679 if interested in being a Cheer Team during the Mankato Marathon October 21-22. To learn more about being a Cheer Team, visit mankatomarathon.com/volunteer/volunteer.

For more information about the 2017 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 about 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 actively 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