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Volunteers integral to a successful Mankato Marathon weekend

MANKATO, Minn.—Volunteers are such an important part of making the Mankato Marathon presented by Mayo Clinic Health System run smoothly.

Approximately 275 volunteer positions like handing out water at a water stop, interacting with people in the Hy-Vee Kidz Zone and marshaling along the course are available. Thanks to MTU Onsite Energy, the official Mankato Marathon volunteer sponsor, volunteers will receive a shirt, gloves and snacks.

If an organization of 10-15 people would like to volunteer as a group at a water stop, contact Joelle at 507-385-6679 or jbaumann@visitmankatomn.com. High school and college students can use the Mankato Marathon to fulfill volunteer hours. With questions, contact Joelle at 507-385-6679 or at jbaumann@visitmankatomn.com.

Sign up to become a Mankato Marathon volunteer Oct. 20-21 by visiting mankatomarathon.com/volunteer/volunteer.


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