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Mankato Half Marathon Nominated Again for BibRave 100 List

MANKATO, Minn.—The Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, is in the running as a top half marathon in the nation on The BibRave 100 list again in 2018.

The Mankato Half Marathon has been selected through the nomination process for The BibRave 100, a definitive list of the top races in America. It will recognize the top 20 half marathons in the country, with the top five being ranked and a winner being crowned, as well as other race distances like the full marathon, 10K and 5K.

“Having the running community nominate the Mankato Marathon in the half marathon category a second time is an immense honor,” said Mark Bongers, Mankato Marathon race director. “We would love to see our race in the top five and put it on the map as one of the country’s greatest races.”

Anyone can vote for finalists at TheBibRave100.com through September 16. The public online vote will be combined with other data from BibRave’s running industry survey to create an aggregate score for each race in The BibRave 100 list for 2018. After the votes are collected, BibRave will reveal the final list November 28.

In 2017, the Mankato Marathon was nominated as a Top 20 Half Marathon and Top 10 Beautiful On-Course Scenery on The BibRave 100 list.

BibRave is a running community that connects runners with the best races.

For more information about the 2018 Mankato Marathon, visit mankatomarathon.com. The ninth annual Mankato Marathon is October 20-21.


About the 2018 Mankato Marathon:

On October 20-21, 2018, 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 a ninth-year attendance of 5,000 runners. The event will continually grow to have a 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 2018 Mankato Marathon visit mankatomarathon.com or call 507-385-6660.

About Visit Mankato:

Visit Mankato, the local convention and visitor’s bureau, is a business unit of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG), which also includes the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization, Greater Mankato Growth, the downtown development organization, City Center Partnership, and GreenSeam, which utilizes agriculture to build on the region’s extensive agribusiness assets to develop the ag economy. 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