The third running of Mankato's marathon drew nearly 5,000 runners to town for the big race, a half marathon, and a 10 kilometer run. Backers say the number of runners taking part - and visitors spending money - has increased each year. This year Paul Donnelly of Minneapolis won the men's race, while Leslie Anderson of Waseca was the women's winner.
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