The exception: Aside from the full marathon, the event’s other races attracted a larger percentage of female runners (70 percent) than similar races nationwide.
Bongers said people run in marathons for a variety of reasons.
Some want the challenge of tackling one of the items on their bucket lists.
Others regard them as opportunities to see the sights of an unfamiliar community up close and personal while trotting through its streets.
Still others enjoy the uplifting rush of being cheered on by total strangers along the route — there will be 13 designated “cheer teams” — and seeing their images flashed on a giant screen as they cross the finish line.
Saturday’s marathon expo events, including vendor booths, exhibits, a mass pasta feed and a lineup of speakers, will be held 12-8 p.m. in Myers Field House at Minnesota State University.
The races Sunday will cause traffic disruptions on several streets and roads from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Go to www.mankatomarathon.com for a list of affected routes and times and other event information.