From Start to Finish Oct. 21-22
There’s nothing like a home-grown event to fit perfectly in the GreenSeam region. What started out as an idea from local runners has turned into an eight-year mainstay. The Mankato Marathon is the Midwest’s boldest race, showcasing a dynamic course and determined runners. This exceptional course features a vast countryside run at the beginning and culminates in the beautiful, yet challenging, Minnesota River Valley with Cheer Zones to help runners stay motivated. There’s a race for every runner—a full marathon, relay, half, 10K, 5K, KidsK, Toddler Trot, Diaper Dash and My Bold Walk. A host of accompanying weekend activities abounds for the whole family. Keep checking back for more activities, coupons and incentives added!
Mankato Marathon: On Oct. 21-22, Visit Mankato and Final Stretch will host the eighth annual Mankato Marathon. This accredited race is a qualifying event for the prestigious Boston Marathon and is projected to have an eighth-year attendance of 5,000 runners. There are many ways to get involved as a runner, volunteer or spectator. The Mankato Marathon is designed to be a family-friendly weekend with races for every age of runner, everything from a full marathon to the young runner-friendly 5K. Kids can have a blast during the KidsK and Toddler Trot, while even the littlest ones can crawl their way to a good time during the Diaper Dash. My Bold Walk offers people with physical limitations to get involved in a supported event. The Sport & Health Expo is open for everybody to enjoy. A wide range of exhibitors and vendors offer varying services to athletes and shopping for everyone. Kids can burn off energy in the Kidz Zone, complete with indoor rock wall, inflatables, face painting and more. More>
Terrace View Fall Festival: Exciting things are happening at Terrace View Golf Course like the inaugural Terrace View Fall Festival, Mankato’s first event to celebrate harvest and community! Celebrate while taking in the joys of the season. You can easily spend an entire day at the festival, and even pick up your pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other fall decor, by Hay by George, on your way out…maybe even squeeze in a round of golf! Terrace View Fall Festival attractions include a large corn pit and straw bale maze, a toddler straw bale maze, tire tractor mountain, pumpkin launch, pumpkin patch and so much more! More>
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Harvest Festival: Celebrate harvest at the Children’s Museum! Look forward to a month-long fall celebration that includes a toddler straw maze, soybean and corn pits, as well as a wide variety of harvest-themed activities! For the month of October, enjoy harvest activities with your children. Get a full calendar of events. More>
Northern Frights: Northern Frights is a haunted attraction located at the Blue Earth County Fairgrounds in Garden City. It’s open at 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October (closing times vary; see website for details). Northern Frights features five main attractions: Minnesota Legends, Zombie Outbreak, Killer Clowns in 3D, Phobias Maze and Terror Tunnel. More>
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For all other visitor information, go to visitmankatomn.com.