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Runners' Stories

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Our Runners' Stories

Inspiration comes to runners from many avenues–personal goals, health issues, other’s example and tragedy are just a few of the influences.
We are proud that Mankato Marathon runners want to share their stories of boldness.


Cristen MantheCristen Manthe - This runner has the goal to run 40 races before her 40th birthday, and the full Mankato Marathon is her 40th race.
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Amber MaddoxAmber Maddox - In April of 2012, I gave birth to my second daughter. Eleven days after she was born, I decided to change my life. Over the course of 13 and a half months, I managed to lose 136 lbs. and discovered a love for running along the way.
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Steve LarsonSteve Larson - My friend Doug Wiehe was an avid runner would give me a hard time about not running. Doug was killed in a motorcycle in August of 2007. The day after that at Doug’s visitation, his wife Tanya introduced me as the guy running Grandma’s with her next year. 
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Rebecca J. WilliamsRebecca J. Williams -  I was the final finisher of the 2012 Mankato Marathon. When I approached the finish, the FINISH banner was already taken down but I was filled with new strength and energy.
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Lindsay HenkelsLindsay Henkels -  Marathon runner Lindsay Henkel, of Mankato, will participated in the Mankato Marathon Half Marathon in 2015 in her pursuit of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.
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Juana RaatzJuana Raatz - Juana Raatz knew she wanted to run another marathon. She also knew she wanted to find a way to benefit a fundraiser at her church. That’s how she found herself running in the Mankato Marathon to raise funds for Operation Christmas Child.
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Niki RonanNiki Ronnan and Mikey Ewaldt - This sibling duo completed their first marathon at the Mankato Marathon on October 20, 2013. Niki runs and Mikey rolls.
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