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Mankato Marathon in the Running for Top Half Half Marathon on National List

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

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 marathon in the country, with the top five being ranked and a winner being crowned.

Anyone can vote for finalists at TheBibRave100.com through Sept. 25. The public online vote will be combined with other data from BibRave’s running industry survey to create an aggregate score for each race. After the votes are collected, BibRave will reveal the final list Nov. 27.

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


For more information about the 2017 Mankato Marathon, visit mankatomarathon.com. The eighth annual Mankato Marathon is Oct. 21-22.

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