Event Title

Applied Cultural Anthropology and Economic Examination of Potential Mankato Area Marathon

Location

CSU 253/254

Start Date

22-4-2008 8:30 AM

End Date

22-4-2008 10:30 AM

Student's Major

Anthropology

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Paul Brown

Mentor's Department

Anthropology

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

In this paper, I intended to use my research and applied anthropology to measure the potential benefits of hosting a marathon event in the greater Mankato area. I made use of information gathered through a literature review in order to better understand competitive nature in human beings and the anthropology of sports, specifically marathon running. I analyzed economic statistics and gauged community support from interviews and surveys conducted within the Mankato region, as well as places with existing races or similar events, ranging from large to small in size. By conducting fieldwork and discussing hypothetical plans with those involved in urban planning and city decision-making in Mankato, I have gained an understanding of the logistics of conducting such an event in the proposed area and plan to continue with the process. By gaining an understanding of the background of marathons, I intend to show the potential benefits of hosting such an event in Mankato based on statistics, community response, and economics and present my findings to organizations in the area who may be interested.

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Applied Cultural Anthropology and Economic Examination of Potential Mankato Area Marathon

CSU 253/254

In this paper, I intended to use my research and applied anthropology to measure the potential benefits of hosting a marathon event in the greater Mankato area. I made use of information gathered through a literature review in order to better understand competitive nature in human beings and the anthropology of sports, specifically marathon running. I analyzed economic statistics and gauged community support from interviews and surveys conducted within the Mankato region, as well as places with existing races or similar events, ranging from large to small in size. By conducting fieldwork and discussing hypothetical plans with those involved in urban planning and city decision-making in Mankato, I have gained an understanding of the logistics of conducting such an event in the proposed area and plan to continue with the process. By gaining an understanding of the background of marathons, I intend to show the potential benefits of hosting such an event in Mankato based on statistics, community response, and economics and present my findings to organizations in the area who may be interested.

Recommended Citation

Luoma, Michael William. "Applied Cultural Anthropology and Economic Examination of Potential Mankato Area Marathon." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 22, 2008.
https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2008/oral-session-11/3