Mankato Marathon Introduces Prize Purse for 2012 Event
Third edition expecting 5,000 runners for all events
Posted Thursday, 7 June, 2012
From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA
MANKATO, Minn. - (May 31, 2012) - Not only will the winners of the Mankato Marathon races on Sunday, October 21, 2012 be rewarded with pride and satisfaction, but this year they will be getting cash as well. For the marathon and half-marathon, the top three finishers per gender will receive a cash prize of the following: $250, $100 and $50.
"We understand to attract professional runners, we need to offer prize money," said Maureen Waltman, Mankato Marathon Coordinator. "As the Mankato Marathon grows, so will the prize money we are able to offer."
Overall winners for the men's and women's marathon and half-marathon will also receive a trophy from Vetter Stone as the Award Sponsor. As part of their sponsorship, Vetter Stone's trophies will be made from their product.
"Vetter Stone has shown commitment to the Mankato Marathon since 2011," said Anna Thill, President of the Greater Mankato Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We are very happy to have them on board again this year as the award sponsor. Kasota-Mankato Stone gives unique character to our area and it is exciting to send home a little piece of Mankato with our winners."
Taylor Corporation, for the second year, will sponsor all the medals of the Mankato Marathon. Medals will be given to all half and full marathon finishers as well as all age category winners in each race.
"Taylor Corporation did such an amazing job on the medals last year," said Waltman. "We're really pleased about their participation again this year. Runners cherish their medals as a keepsake so it's important to get the look of the medal just right. Taylor does an amazing job with design."
The age categories will remain at every ten years for men and women for the 5K, 10K, and full marathon. Due to the growth of the half-marathon, however, that race was changed to recognize winners within age categories of every 5 years. For example men, age 40-44 years rather than age 40-49 years. This will allow more people to win in their age category.
About 2012 Mankato Marathon
On October 20-21, 2012 the Greater Mankato Convention & Visitors Bureau and Final Stretch will host the third Mankato Marathon. This accredited race is a qualifying event for the prestigious Boston Marathon, and is projected to have a third year attendance of 5,000 runners. The event expects to will 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.
For more information on the 2012 event, go to www.mankatomarathon.com or call (507) 385-6660.