Learn what makes these Mankato Marathon Runners Special

  • Boldest Mankato Marathon Stories Narrowed to 4
  • Learn how these brave runners overcame adversity
  • Top 4 receive a free race entry to a 2016 Mankato Marathon race of their choice
  • Winner at the 2015 Scheels Sport and Health Expo on Saturday, October 17

Mankato Marathon, Mankato Times

Mankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. ― The Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, assigned a Bold Stories judging committee at the beginning of September and has now narrowed down the Bold Story submissions to the top four by a judging committee.

The Bold Story contest was open to participants of past Mankato Marathon races or the upcoming 2015 races who were willing to share their bold story, detailing overcoming a hardship to run a race, an inspiring story of why they started running, or a touching story about why they are running or have ran a Mankato Marathon race.

Congratulations to the four finalists in the Bold Stories Contest:

Getting Back Up, submitted by Chris Gordon. Gordon contracted Necrotizing Fasciitis, also known as flesh eating bacteria in March of 2014. Gordon’s story consists of a 65 day hospital stay, a dozen surgeries; skin grafts and more. Watch his story of “Do or do not. There is no try”

Troy Studer shares his story about his Mankato Marathon involvement since its inception. Watch his video to follow his journey from volunteer to full marathoner. Studer emphasizes that running can be for everyone and intimidation to start should not hold you back.

My Bold Story, submitted by Christina Woodside. Follow Woodside’s rollercoaster story consisting of a Leukemia diagnosis, stem cell transplant, 8 month hospital stay, chemotherapy, a seizure and life support. Woodside wants people to look at her and say “Because of you, I didn’t give up.”

Angie’s Bold Story, submitted by Angie Keiser. Keiser was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in July of 2013. Keiser knew she would be a survivor; running on her good days is what got her through. Watch Keiser’s inspirational journey, proving her statement: “Running is my church. It’s where I feel complete.”

Going forward, the top four finalists will be promoting their videos and competing to get the most views on YouTube. The overall winner will receive Mankato Marathon merchandise and a life-time race bib which allows them to run any Mankato Marathon race for free for their entire lifetime.

The top four finalists will receive a free race entry to a 2016 Mankato Marathon race of their choice. In addition, a Mankato Marathon merchandise item will be awarded to any video with over 1,000 views.

The winning video will be announced at the 2015 Scheels Sport and Health Expo on Saturday, October 17.

To learn more about the Mankato Marathon Bold Story Contest and to view all video submissions, visit http://mankatomarathon.com/get-inspired/bold-story-contest/.

About The 2015 Mankato Marathon:

On October 17-18, 2015 Visit Mankato and Final Stretch will host the sixth annual Mankato Marathon. This accredited race is a qualifying event for the prestigious Boston Marathon and is projected to have a sixth 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 2015 Mankato Marathon go to www.mankatomarathon.com or call 507.385.6660.

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