Thousands of runners were on hand Saturday for the annual Grandma’s Marathon race, one of the most popular in Minnesota ever year.
A 26-year-old Kenyan runner has set a record at Grandma’s Marathon, beating the previous mark by 31 seconds. A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says Dominic Ondoro finished in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 6 seconds. He beat second-place finisher Christopher Kipyego by 2 minutes, 51 seconds.
Registration for the 38th running of Grandma’s Marathon closes May 31. As of Thursday, the annual Two Harbors-to-Duluth race had more than 7,400 runners in the field.
It was a wet start at the 37th annual Grandma’s Marathon in Two Harbors Saturday. The full marathon took 57,000 runners down the 26.2-mile course from Two Harbors to Duluth. Kenya’s Sarah Kiptoo broke the 10-year-old womens’ course record in her Grandma’s marathon debut by finishing in 2 hours and 26 minutes – her personal best.
It’s been 32 years since Minnesota’s Dick Beardsley set the Grandma’s Marathon course record, winning in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 37 seconds.
This Saturday will be the 37th year of Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, and now law enforcement officials plan to increase security to keep racers and spectators safe.
Grandma’s Marathon plans a big lineup of bands to go along with the running this weekend. The Big Top Tent kicks off Friday night with a new start time. Music will start at 7 p.m., an hour earlier than in past years.
Organizers of Grandma’s Marathon have extended registration for this year’s race by an extra week. The extension gives runners through Friday, June 7, to join the field for Grandma’s 37th running.
Volunteers are still needed for the 37th annual Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth. The marathon’s events will take place from June 20 -22. About 1,000 volunteer positions are still needed for the marathon, which is in its 37th year. Duties include traffic and spectator control, medical help, entertainment, race packet distribution and assistance with finish-line activities.
Officials of Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota say they will examine their security in the wake of the deadly Boston Marathon explosions.
Ethiopian runner Berhanu Girma has won Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, and Kenyan runner Everlyne Lagat has won the women’s division.
The Duluth News Tribune reports Girma Berhanu has won Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, while Everlyne Lagat won the women’s division. Their times have not yet been posted.
It’s already time to start registering for the 2012 Grandma’s Marathon.
Thirty-seven-year-old Christopher Kipyego won with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 17 seconds. That was several tenths of a second better than Teklu Deneke.