MANKATO (TEC News) -- The Mankato Marathon wants to "ramp up" its number of cheer teams for the 4th annual Mankato Marathon in October 2013. During the race's first year, there were approximately 10 cheer teams, said marathon coordinator, Maureen Waltman. With nearly 5,000 runners expected to participate this year, the Mankato Marathon wants that number to grow to at least 17 cheer teams. The cheer teams are composed of all different types of organizations. From church youth groups, to high school students, the community really just wants to show its support, said Waltman: Waltman 2 "been fantastic" :6
To help spread the words of encouragement, cheer teams will be strategically placed throughout the route: each water stop, every two miles along the route, and at Sibley Park near the finish line. These words provide an inspiring and uplifting energy to those who feel they may not be able to finish the race, said Waltman.At the end of the race, runners can vote for the cheer team that stood out the most. The team with the most votes will win a pizza party courtesy of Jake's Pizza. For more information about the Mankato Marathon or to register a cheer team, call 385-6660, or visit www.mankatomarathon.com.