MANKATO — Matt Longen of Mankato won the Mankato Marathon’s 5K race on Saturday, the warm-up to today’s main event.

Longen, 23, was first out of 492 runners, finishing the 3.1-mile course that started and ended at Minnesota State University with a time of 16 minutes, 27 seconds. Longen was the event's 10K winner last year.

Louis Hughes, 28, of Minneapolis was second in 17:34.

The top female finisher was Jill Nolta, 32, of MankatoShe was 16th overall and had a time of 21:37. The second woman to finish was Emily Birkholz, 37, of Mankato, who was 22nd overall and had a time of 22:21.

The rest of the top 10 male finishers included third-place Christopher Truscott, 39, of Minneapolis (18:22), followed by Logan Gustafson, 14, of Mankato (19:17); Brian Hunn, 33, of Kasson (19:41); Tatum Stelter, 15, of North Mankato (19:54); Joseph Crosby, 41, of St. Paul (19:59); Mark Kocak, 56, of Jackson (20:10); Joe Broze, 57, of North Mankato (20:16); and Matthew Stelter, 36, of Faribault (20:28).

Lee Ann Johnson, 51 of Mankato was third among female finishers (23:11), followed by Lisa Manderscheid, 40, of Maquoketa, Iowa (23:29); Alecia Gazzola, 41, of St. Peter (23:37); Jaiden Landsom, 13, of Kasota (24:15); Bethany Faber, 45, of Fairmont (24:23); Elicia Burns, 37, of Duluth (24:40); Amber Hauschen, 23, of North Mankato (25:00); and Farrah Machula, 38, of St. Cloud (25:01).

There were 186 men and 306 women in the race. The average finish time was 35:13.

The Mankato Marathon’s full marathon, half marathon and 10K race will take place today. The 10K begins at 7:30 a.m. The full and half marathons will begin at 8 a.m.

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