Final Stretch is excited to announce the creation of a new half marathon in the city of Mankato. We have for the past number of years put on the Mankato Marathon and felt it was time to put on a sister event in the spring to get everyone up and out the door. We are also very excited to have Scheels as the title sponsor for this event.
Get your legs off to a good start this spring by warming up with a 5K or your first half marathon. We are keeping you up on the hill top so there will be no BIG hills. We have also incorporated the Singing Hills Trail into the course (for the half marathons). The Singing Hills Trail is a beautiful part of the course and a significant landmark for Mankato. We’re looking forward to a great race. We hope you love it as much and we do!
Please note: We welcome athletes of all abilities, however the course cut-off is 3.5 hours; all participants will need to be finished and off the course by 12:00pm.
Race Awards & Finisher Medals:
Every runner who finishes either the 5k or the half marathon will receive a finisher medal. Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female runners in each age category: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Up. Additionally, awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female half marathon finishers. The top overall male and female 5k finisher will also receive an award. The award ceremony will begin after the race concludes. Must be present to win.
Looking for a place to ditch your warm up clothes before the race starts? Find the Final Stretch tent in the parking lot on race morning to utilize our bag drop! The bottom portion of your bib tears away to stay with your bag. Then after the race, return to the Final Stretch tent and use your race bib to reclaim your belongings. Please do not use the bag drop for valuable items, please leave them at home or with someone there to watch you run. Final Stretch is not responsible for any broken or lost items that are in your bag. Only the official race bag you receive at packet pick up can be used at the bag drop.
Shirt & Medal design:
Every participant will receive a race shirt at packet pick up & a medal at the finish line! Here is our design mock up for this year's swag, stay tuned for the real thing soon!
TerraLoco Pacers will be at the half marathon to help get you going and finish with your goal time! TerraLoco Pacers are local, dedicated volunteers who provide even pacing, motivation and encouragement. We'll have pacers for the following times:
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The Courtyard by Marriott will be the official sponsor hotel for this event. Amenities include free wifi, microwave, indoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and fitness center For more information on what the Courtyard by Marriott offers and location, check out the website here.
To reserve your room – please call the hotel direct at (507) 388-1234 & be sure to mention that you are doing the Scheels Spring Half to pick up your room from the block with special discounted rate of $134/night..