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2019 Charities Program

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In 2019, the Mankato Marathon is striving to give back to the community that has so generously supported our races. In addition to having four champion runners raising pledges, these five programs have the potential to raise additional dollars through registrations. Registrants will be able to elect to donate to any or all of the programs when they register for a Mankato Marathon race.

In 2013, the Mankato Marathon started the Charities Program as a way to give back to the community that has generously supported its races. The program is meant to be a platform for the five charities to fundraise for its cause. In 2018, the Charities Program helped selected charities raise nearly $25,000.



 Meet the 2019 Mankato Marathon Charities


Boys and Girls ClubBoys & Girls Club of Mankato, serves underrepresented youth in the Mankato, Minnesota community. This includes positive youth development outcomes in three key areas of Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character and Citizenship. BGCM members include Mankato area youth in grades kindergarten through eighth in the participation of generation changing programs that support a commitment to education, positive values, healthy habits and high expectations for success as an adult. Learn more>




Committee Against Domestic AbuseThe Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CADA)’s mission is to provide safety and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence through education, advocacy, and shelter. CADA is a nonprofit organization based in Mankato with satellite offices in five neighboring counties. CADA provides 24-hour advocacy and supportive services in the shelter as well as through community-based victim service programs serving Blue Earth, Nicollet, Brown, Waseca, Watonwan, Faribault, Le Sueur and Sibley counties. CADA has been serving individuals and families throughout the region for 40 years in 2019. CADA provides services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, operates an emergency safety shelter, and also runs three supervised parenting time and exchange centers. Additionally, CADA offers a 24-hour hotline for crisis intervention, support groups, individual therapy, legal advocacy, hotel stays, emergency medical exams and incident reporting accompaniment, companion animal fostering, information and referrals, and housing support. CADA also focuses on building partnerships and providing education within communities throughout the region. All services for victims of abuse are free and confidential. Learn more>



Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP) enriches the lives of hundreds of individuals ages 8 years of age and older with developmental and intellectual disabilities through inclusive recreation, sporting, and healthy living opportunities. This includes activities/events/programs on evenings and weekends that are held at LEEP’s recreation center as well as some that take place in the community. Activities/events/programs are designed to enhance the quality of life for LEEP participants by providing structured settings with staff. Most LEEP participants live in Mankato, North Mankato and St. Peter; however some participants come an hour or more from home to participate in LEEP. Learn more>


Project for Teens

Project for Teens (P4T) encourages healthy and responsible decision making by youth through peer to peer education. P4T covers various topics such as consent, sexuality, abstinence, drugs, alcohol, bullying and social media.  P4T seeks to foster a sense of connection between middle school and high school students, and provides students with information and skills to prepare them for responding responsibly should they find themselves faced with an at risk situation. We have 144 P4T leaders from East, West, Loyola, St. Peter, and Lake Crystal who serve as dynamic and positive role models to over 4,000middle school students in the Greater Mankato area. Learn more>



STRIDE is a character building fitness and running program where boys in grades 3-8 have a chance to share their thoughts and opinions about various life topics. We provide a safe and encouraging environment that caters toward positive character development, while building running endurance to complete a season end 5K. We encourage boys to exhibit excellence in character in all aspects of their lives, make healthy choices, and build confidence by leading them through a curriculum that incorporates fun activities and running. Our mission is to teach boys to know what is right, do what is right, and care about what is right. Learn more>



Congratulations to our 2018 Charities for raising nearly $25,000!

CADA Project4Teens ChildrenMuseum
Committee Against Domestic Abuse Project for Teens

Childrens Museum



Open Door Health

Open Door Health Center YMCA LiveStrong


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