Sports and Recreation
Mankato Beer Run
The beers will be flowing, the music will be jumpin’, and the folks will be running and walking through the finish on their way to victory. Then, head on over to Central Business District of Historical and Unique Beautiful Lower North Mankato for the 6th annual Bier On Belgrade! Feeling competitive and want to run/walk the 5K? Your race will be timed and you’ll be able to meet the rest of the group for your free post race beer after the event! All fitness levels welcome. Don’t feel like racing the full 5k? Sign-up for the .05k (a hot 54 yards!) and enjoy all the awesome perks and get your own little 30 second race to the beer garden!
BLC Viking 5K/Little Viking 1/2 Mile Fun Run
Join Bethany Lutheran College during the weekend of September 20–22, 2019, for the Bethany Fall Festival–A Homecoming Weekend. This event includes activities for all ages and alumni reunions. Celebrating anniversary years of alumni with a ending number of “4” or “9” in their class year. All alumni and friends are invited to be part of the weekend. Enjoy athletic contests, live music, and more!
The Harvest Bowl combines football and farm fun! The Minnesota State University, Mankato (360° virtual tour) Mavericks take on Winona State in a football match-up during the third annual Harvest bowl at Blakeslee Stadium. The start time is scheduled for 1 p.m. and a host of events and activities that lead up to the kick-off including tractors and other ag machinery, food drive, fun for the kids and more!
The Mankato River Ramble
Savor some of Minnesota’s best cycling. Explore the autumnal beauty of the Minnesota River Valley at the 8th Annual Mankato River Ramble. The landscape will be dressed in peak fall colors. Try one of four scenic tours ranging from 12 to 58 miles. You’ll pass charming waterfalls, epic river valleys and bountiful farmland at the easy pace of a bicycle. Don’t miss the award-winning pie, world renown raspberry bars, invigorating fresh fruit, and all of the other treats, attractions, and amenities while on the River Ramble. Plus, all of this great entertainment is family friendly — kiddos and teens up to age 17 ride for free!
The Mankato Marathon
Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary the Mankato Marathon on Oct 18-19, 2019! The Midwest’s boldest race will feature a brand-NEW urban course, highlighting the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. Sign up for the Full, Half, Relay,10K, 5K or Bold Challenges – but don’t hog up all the fun and get the kiddos registered for the youth races. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Come for the run and stay for the fun with plenty of events and activities going on throughout Mankato on Saturday evening.