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Mankato Marathon Going One-Hundred Percent Virtual

The Mankato Marathon presented by Mayo Clinic Health System has made the difficult decision to move to 100% virtual for all of its races. The decision came after a tremendous amount of due diligence as the event organizers tried to see if any sort of in-person races could still occur this year. In the end the Visit Mankato Board came to the conclusion that in-person races were not going to be feasible in the face of many barriers and as the persistent risk of spreading COVID-19 overwhelmed a guarantee to maintain the safety of runners, volunteers, staff and the community. 

Runners will get to choose where and when to run their event between October 12-26.  

Anna Thill, Visit Mankato president shared, “Not having the ability to bring the Mankato Marathon running community together for the 11th year is sincerely heartbreaking. With that said, even more heartbreaking is the idea that our event could jeopardize even one life or potentially be the cause of spread in our beloved community and therefore cause the shutdown of businesses and the ability for our children to go to classes in their schools. We strive for excellence, not just for our runners, but also for our community. When that is compromised not just from one but from many angles, we must act and move with ultimate focus where excellence can be achieved.”  

The Mankato Marathon Team is now turning their full attention to producing an excellent virtual event with fun and interactive experiences for registered runners who can participate virtually from around the world. In addition, the Team is still going to host the Scheels Sport & Health Expo and packet pick-up at the River Hills Mall October 16 – 17 for locals and those who may still make a trip to Mankato to run a local route.  


Anna Thill, President  
3 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 100 
Mankato, MN 56001 


About The 2020 Mankato Marathon: 


On October 16-17, 2020, Visit Mankato will host the 11th annual Mankato Marathon. This accredited race is a qualifying event for the prestigious Boston Marathon and is projected to have an attendance of over 4,200 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 2020 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. 


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