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U of M Most Decorated Women's Track Athlete to Speak at Mankato Marathon

MANKATO, Minn.—The Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, is proud to announce the 2017 keynote speaker for the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic Speaker Series, Heather Kampf, the University of Minnesota’s most decorated women’s track athlete.

Heather is a 2005 graduate of Rosemount High School, where she received the Minnesota Class AA state title in the women’s 800-meter and the 400. At the U of M, she was the only runner to compete in every NCAA Championship in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. She was a nine-time All American, the NCAA Indoor Champion in 2006 in the 800 and contributed to the Gophers’ six Big Ten Conference Team Titles between 2006 and 2009. Heather has competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and is a four-time U.S. Champion in the Road Mile to earn herself the nickname “Queen of the Road Mile.” In 2014, Heather qualified for the World Indoor Championships in Poland, where she was a finalist in the 1500.

Most recently, she placed second in the two-mile and third in the mile at the 2017 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships. In addition to her professional running career, Heather works part-time at Mill City Running in northeast Minneapolis, coaches Apple Valley Girls Cross Country, and offers private coaching to individual runners.

Heather will provide running inspiration at two sessions during the OFC Speaker Series Oct. 21. One will be geared to kids at 1:30 p.m. prior to the KidsK races. During the second session at 2:30 p.m., she will present “Getting Back Up After You Fall Down” to adult audiences.

The OFC Speaker Series includes the following tentative schedule of additional speakers:

  • 12:30 to 1 p.m.: Mayo Clinic Health System’s Anne Harguth, RDN
  • 1:30 to 2 p.m.: Heather Kampf’s children’s session
  • 2 to 2:30 p.m.: Dr. Scott Stevens, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Specialist at the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic
  • 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.: Heather Kampf’s “Getting Back Up After You Fall Down”

Mankato Marathon participants will not want to miss the OFC Speaker Series for targeted, relevant and helpful topics. The Speaker Series is from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Myers Field House at Minnesota State University, Mankato. For more information about the Speaker Series, visit mankatomarathon.com/expo/speakerseries.


For more information about the 2017 Mankato Marathon weekend schedule, 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