TYT #14–Mankato Marathon spectator edition

So, even though I have run 2 full marathons and a lot of half marathons, I have never spectated a race!

So, while I was bummed to not be running any of the races during Mankato Marathon’s weekend, I was excited to show my support to my fellow runners. Bonus for my BODYPUMP participants who were running too!

Our house is just down from the race course and the race has one big loop – so we were able to see everyone near the start at mile 1 and then see the marathoners again about mile 16.

I had my “BODYPUMP strong” sign ready to go!


Cheers for spark. Smile 


We brought gummy bears. . . although Luke thought they were for him. Only the red ones though. . . Winking smile 


And Scott held a Kleenex box. . .


I don’t think I’ve heard so many . . .

I love you

Great idea

Thank you

You’re the best

Awesome idea

You’re a life saver

Best. Idea. Ever.


And the look on the runners faces when I said “gummy bears” was priceless. At mile 16, a hit of sugar is just what is needed. . . I remember that from the Des Moines half marathon, when a spectator was handing them out. .. I don’t think a gummy bear has ever tasted so good!

I ran a little ways with a couple of my bodypump people. It was SO amazing to see them out on the course, running their race, and going after it.

So inspiring.

It was an amazing morning.

I can’t wait to do it again!

Have you ever spectated a race?

Linking up with Becky for TYT – this was an unexpected and awesome treat for my weekend!!


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14 Responses to TYT #14–Mankato Marathon spectator edition

  1. I haven’t spectated a race before, but I think as a participant it would be so fun to have people cheering you on. Gummy bears are a great idea to hand out! I’ll have to remember that for the future.
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  2. I’ve never spectated a race before, but I feel like it would be really fun to cheer people on. Gummy bears and tissues were definitely a good idea!
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  3. I cheered for my friend in the NYC Marathon, but missed her at a few stops because it is so crazy! I definitely want to spectate again and cheer along runners. Or maybe volunteer at a race!
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  4. I bet people love you! I’ve never really spectated a race before. Sounds like you guys did it right.
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  5. How awesome that you guys provided the runners with kleenexes and gummy bears. That is so kind. I bet they absolutely LOVED you!
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    • KT

      Oh man, did they ever! So many women told my husband that they loved him that I thought I was going to have a problem .. . 😉 lol.

  6. Ahh a Kleenex bos WAS a brilliant idea. This is gross, but I always get the sniffles when I run, especially in the cooler whether – I bet that was definitely appreciated!
    I love spectating races, but just like running them, I always leave with a major itch to run and register for races 🙂
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  7. Gummy Bears sound great at any time so I can only imagine how fab they are at mile 16!! 🙂
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  8. Now that I think of it, I have never spectated a full race. That’s crazy! And Kleenex is basically the best idea ever. So are gummies. You are the best spectator!
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    • KT

      Thanks!! I just took what I would have wanted someone to be holding for me and made sure I was holding it. 🙂