There are many different reasons runners participate in the Mankato Marathon. The air is cool, leaves are crisp, and runners are tying up their tennis shoes and ready to take off. 

"The weather is awesome! I’m a fair weather runner, so I don’t like hot, I don’t like cold, I don’t like rain. So this is perfect," Veronica Bruckhoff, a marathon runner for Moms for Museum group said. The group raises money for the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.  

"So far we’ve reached about 11-thousand-500 dollars, we’re hoping for 12 thousand. Our original goal was 10-thousand, so we’re rock-stars, these are my teammates—woo," Bruckhoff said. 

While many runners just want to run for fun.

"We didn’t train at all, we just decided to do it on a whim," Samantha Waletich, a 10K runner said. 

"We signed up last-night actually," her mother added. 

And there are a few who are not running to raise money, or for a personal best-- they are running for the people beside them.

"Give them a little encouragement along the way. Give them some tips or pointers and just keep the enthusiasm going throughout either the half-marathon or marathon," Ed Nordstrom said, a pacer for the half-marathon race said. Whether you run for a cause or just for fun, everyone has the same excitement for the Mankato Marathon.

"The excitement out there is just contagious out there. You meet a lot of different people, a lot of fun people, a lot of first-timers out there as well which is always great," Nordstrom added. Many runners say the race gets better every year.