Duluth Celebrates Another Grandma’s Marathon

Kenyans Have Big Day, Winning Three of Four Major Championships

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of runners packed the city for the 41st annual Grandma’s Marathon.

The marathon started a around 7:45 Saturday morning as more than 8,000 made the trek from Two Harbors to Canal Park.

Grandma’s Marathon is the 11th largest marathon in the United States, and serves as a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Fox 21 had a few familiar faces in the field including Nikki Davidson, who ran the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon for Lutheran Social Service.

“You know I’m doing this run, but then there are kids out there in the Twin Ports that don’t have a place to sleep tonight,” said Davidson. “How uncomfortable am I right now for these two hours, a little uncomfortable but it probably has nothing in comparison to how they feel every night,”

Kenyan Elisha Barno became the first three–time consecutive Grandma’s Marathon, crossing the tape in 2:12:06.  Hellen Jepkurgat, also of Kenya, was the women’s champion, fishing in 2:32:09.

Kenya’s Evans Kurui won the 27th Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in 1:03:05.  Ethiopia’s Biruktayit Degefa was the women’s champion at 1:11:25.

Duluth’s Kara Goucher was 5th in the women’s half marathon.  The Duluth East and University of Colorado grad set the course record in 2012.

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