This year, the Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, is excited to have the following five charities take part in its 2022 Charities Program: Mankato Youth Place (MY Place), Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP), Mankato Family YMCA – STRIDE, MRCI and new for 2022, Partners for Housing.

“MY Place” Mankato Youth Place is committed to providing a nurturing environment that empowers youth to build the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to reach their full potential. MY Place provides youth with programs to support success in school, a healthy lifestyle and character and leadership skills to prepare them to become contributing community members. Our mission to empower all young people to reach their full potential will continue.

Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP) enriches lives through inclusive education, recreation, and healthy living opportunities. Programming is designed to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the Greater Mankato Area.

Mankato Family YMCA – STRIDE is a character-building fitness and running program where boys in grades 3-8 have a chance to share their thoughts and opinions about various life topics. They provide a safe and encouraging environment that caters toward positive character development, while building running endurance to complete a season end 5K.

MRCI has focused on the rehabilitation of adults by providing innovative employment programs that assist individuals in their achievement of personal goals. By focusing on the people they serve through programs and individualized planning, MRCI has continued to operate as a true leader in the field of adult rehabilitation.

Partners for Housing (P4H) believes it is essential that affordable housing and temporary shelter be available to those in need. The public interest is best served when all citizens have the opportunity to properly house themselves and their families in comfort and safety, and the cost of housing should not disproportionately deplete the already stretched finances of the poor and homeless.

Each program will choose four Champion Runners who will raise money for his or her respective charity.