MANKATO, MN

If long distance running isn't your cup of tea, no worries. There are still plenty of ways you can get involved in the Mankato Marathon coming up this October.

More than 1,000 volunteers are needed for the 9th annual event.

Around 5,000 runners are expected to pass through the finish line at this year's marathon, which takes place October 20th and 21st..

There are also many ways to volunteer including handing out water at a water stop, passing out medals at the finish line and marshalling along the course.

"If you go to Mankatomarathon.com all of our volunteer opportunities are listed on the website with the date, time, location as well as the description of the opportunity," explained special events manager Joelle Baumann.

Volunteers receive a free marathon t–shirt along with free snacks while they're helping out.

--KEYC News 12