August 31 is the final registration discount cut off for the Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System. The Mankato Marathon is meant to be a family friendly event so it works to keep the race events as affordable as possible by offering several discount opportunities for runners throughout the year. In addition to the early bird discounts, two-race discounts and corporate discounts are also available.

Visit Mankato and Final Stretch will host the fifth annual Mankato Marathon October 18-19. After four successful years, all involved are excited for the fifth annual hurrah, expecting to see registration numbers hitting record highs. According to race director, Mark Bongers from Final Stretch, registration is up over 20% from this time last year.

Event organizers speculate that registration numbers will rise due to word of mouth about the great event in addition to exciting changes that have enhanced the race. Some of those changes include exciting additions to the Pork Power 5K including unique finisher medals, a bacon station during the race and another tasty pork product at the finish and for the full and half marathoners the course through Sibley Park will no longer include a jog through the animals or up one of the dreaded hills.

Runners who haven't registered for Mankato Marathon races have until August 31 to take advantage of the early bird discount on registration.

There is a two-race discount for those runners who like an extra challenge or the common warm up the day before the big race. There is a $10 discount for the Pork Power 5K on Saturday if a runner is registered for the full or half marathon on Sunday.

Runners can also take advantage of a corporate discount by organizing a group of co-workers to run any of the Mankato Marathon races. Mankato Marathon offers a $5 corporate discount per person for companies who have 10 or more runners. This is a fantastic way to build teamwork and to be surrounded by a group of people encouraging each other throughout training.

Runners can learn more about Mankato Marathon registration discounts and deadlines at or by calling Final Stretch at 507-664-9438.