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Mankato Marathon Charities Program Raised More Than $22,000

MANKATO, Minn.—More than $22,000 was raised for the five 2017 Mankato Marathon Charities: Camp Sweet Life Adventures, Mankato Family YMCA LIVESTRONG, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, Project for Teens, and Open Door Health Center.

In total, Camp Sweet Life raised $5,704; YMCA LIVESTRONG raised $4,761; the Children’s Museum raised $4,585; Project for Teens raised $4,522; and Open Door raised $3,166.32.

Each charity program chose four Champion Runners who received free race registrations for either the half or the full marathon. In addition to its Champion Runners, the charities raised supplementary dollars when runners opted to donate to any or all the charities upon registering for a Mankato Marathon race 

Mary Guentzel was a Champion Runner for the YMCA LIVESTRONG program. “I am proud and honored to have been a Mankato Marathon Champion Runner for the LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA. We have such a giving and caring community, and your donations are giving cancer and survivors a chance to regain their strength and to build long-lasting supportive friendships,” said Guentzel.

To learn more about the charities’ fundraisers or personal stories of the runners, media representatives can contact each charity’s director:

The Mankato Marathon Charities Program has been the perfect way for the Mankato Marathon to give back to the community that has generously supported its races.

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