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Mankato Marathon

Mankato, MN

Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 45°F (7°C)
Average High: 53°F (11°C)
Average Low: 36° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.94
Course Score: 98.94

Race Size

2016: No Results
2015: 372 Finishers
2014: 443 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 9.4%
2014: 9.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Mankato Marathon is a net downhill, point-to-point course. The first ~18 miles are mostly flat (with a couple of hills), followed by a steep downhill, and then a rolling to mostly flat run to the finish.

Marathon Rankings

The Mankato Marathon was the 175th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 169th largest in 2014.

Last year 9.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the Mankato Marathon the 212th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 207th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.94 ranks it as the 192nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 5th fastest course in Minnesota.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Mankato Marathon a PR Score of 98.94. This PR Score ranks it as the 133rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Minnesota.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1012 feet (308m)
Min Elevation: 763 feet (232m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Mankato Marathon

3 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Mankato Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Pretty fast course overall. They could improve the course by taking out some of the sharp turns, especially in the middle section. Long sections of open, exposed country roads, which caused some slowdowns due to headwinds. Well organized with nice crowd support for a race of this size.

Race Tips

Our pacer took us out too fast, and I think a more conservative up-front strategy would have been smarter for me. There are a couple of decent rolling hills in miles 4-8. Nothing insurmountable, but worth being aware of. There's a good opportunity to bank time between miles 17 and 19 with a good, steep decline.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

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