Volunteers needed for upcoming Mankato Marathon

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MANKATO, MINN. — More than 1,000 volunteers are needed for the 2016 Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, to make the weekend run smoothly for the runners.

There are many ways to volunteer including stuffing race bags, handing out water at a water stop and marshalling along the course.

Volunteer as a cheer team to inspire runners, pump them up along the route and encourage them to make it to the finish line.

Volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt, snacks and gloves from MTU Onsite Energy, the official volunteer sponsor for the Mankato Marathon.

The Mankato Marathon is October 15 and 16, 2016. Projected seventh year attendance is 5,000 runners.

To become a Mankato Marathon volunteer, sign up online at mankatomarathon.com/weekend/volunteers. With questions, contact Visit Mankato’s Special Events Manager Joelle Baumann at 507-385-6679 orjbaumann@visitmankatomn.com.

About the 2016 Mankato Marathon:

On October 15-16, 2016, Visit Mankato and Final Stretch will host the seventh annual Mankato Marathon. This accredited race is a qualifying event for the prestigious Boston Marathon and is projected to have a seventh 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 2016 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.

About Final Stretch Inc.:

Final Stretch Inc. is a race management company that has been promoting events in the upper Midwest for 17 years. 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!"

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