Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Mankato, MN • Course Map
Run along a course that combines both paved city streets and sections of the Red Jacket Trail that winds from Mankato to the nearby Rapidan Township, and a former railroad corridor that today serves as a community-wide biking, running and walking trail.
Both the 13.1-mile half marathon and the 26.2-mile full marathon share the same starting line area near the campus of Minnesota State University-Mankato, at the intersection of Stadium Road and Monk Avenue.
From there, runners follow what is basically a large, U-shaped point-to-point route, starting first with some quick turns through campus before heading out southward onto Monk Avenue, which runners follow for roughly the next three miles.
Once runners have made it just past the mile 3 marker, they turn right and head onto the Red Jacket Trail, stretches of which feature some of this area’s most beautiful natural scenery, from sections that take runners along the winding Minnesota River to other stretches that parallel wide-open prairie lands just south of Mankato.
Runners follow the trail as it winds westward and then northward, running basically parallel to Hawthorn Road and Highway 66, and follow the trail back northward into town toward the intersection of Poplar Street and Mound Avenue.
After making it to the intersection, runners then turn left and head along Mound toward Sibley Park, where they make a loop around the trails that circle the park’s perimeter, past the athletic fields and past the waters flowing by of both the Blue Earth River and the Minnesota River.
The course continues along the southern banks of the river before bringing runners back around to Poplar Street and then Riverfront Drive and Front Street, where runners finish the race near the Hilton Garden Inn hotel and the Verizon Center.
Runners can expect to hit the biggest hills of the race around the mid-way point of the half marathon, as the course features its steepest downhill along the Red Jacket Trail just after runners pass the mile 5 marker, and then another uphill just as runners are making their way to the mile 6 marker.
The remainder of the course after this point is largely fast and flat, thanks to its sections along and near the river and in downtown Mankato.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southern Minnesota, just over 80 miles south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, the city of Mankato typically experiences cool to mild (and occasionally cold) weather conditions in the mid-fall.
On race day (Oct. 21), the average low is 34ºF and the average high is 57ºF.
- 7:30 AM – 10K
- 8:00 AM – half marathon, full marathon
- $45 – $85 for the half marathon
- $55 – $95 for the full marathon
- $33 – $54 for the 10K or 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Mankato Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RaceRoster.com.
Official Race Website
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