Wednesday, April 16, 2014


MANKATO, Minn. ― The Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System,  is looking for bold stories and is offering free race registrations for life for the boldest story. Participants of past Mankato Marathon races or the upcoming 2014 races can submit video stories detailing overcoming a hardship to run a race, an inspiring story of why they started running, or a touching story about why they are running or have ran a Mankato Marathon race.

Anyone who submits a story that meets the criteria of the contest (found at will be qualified for a chance to win a free race registration of their choice for the 2014 Mankato Marathon races, a Mankato Marathon merchandise item valued at up to $20 or a free 2014 Mankato Marathon Commemorative Print.

A Mankato Marathon merchandise item valued up to $20 will be awarded to any video with over 1,000 views. Top five finalists will receive a free race entry to a 2014 Mankato Marathon race of their choice and a 2014 Mankato Marathon Commemorative Print. The overall winner will receive all the prizes above in addition to a life-time bib which allows them to run any Mankato Marathon race for free for their entire lifetime.

Deadline to submit a video is August 29, 2014. The top five Boldest Stories will be chosen by committee and the winning video will be chosen from those top five videos through social media. The video with the most “likes” or “shares” will win.

The winning video will be announced at the 2014 Scheels and Under Armour Sport and Health Expo on Saturday, October 18. The top five videos will also be featured at the expo and in the post-race area of the Mankato Marathon on Sunday, October 19.

YouTube links of video submissions can be sent to Paige Schuette at  For more information on the Bold Story Contest or the 2014 Mankato Marathon visit

About The 2014 Mankato Marathon:
On October 18-19 2014 Visit Mankato and Final Stretch will host the fifth annual Mankato Marathon. This accredited race is a qualifying event for the prestigious Boston Marathon and is projected to have a fifth year attendance of 5,000 runners. The event will continually 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. There are many ways to get involved as a business, runner, volunteer or spectator. For more information on the 2014 Mankato Marathon go to or call 507.385.6660.
About Visit Mankato:
Visit Mankato, LLC, the local Convention & Visitors Bureau, is a Limited Liability Corporationof Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Visit Mankato leads the development of the visitor economy in Mankato by actively promoting Mankato as a premier destination for conventions, tournaments and tourism. These activities bring a steady flow of visitors and business activity to Mankato that benefits local residents and future visitors. The work of Visit Mankato helps strengthen the hospitality industry which provides jobs, a diverse tax base and amenities for everyone to enjoy.