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Behling, Tollefson claim Irvin 5K titles

Superior Telegram

DULUTH — Grandma’s Marathon weekend kicked off Friday with the William A. Irvin 5K ― the first of three races scheduled for the 38th annual event.

Duluth’s Scott Behling, 24, won the 3.1-mile race in a time of 15 minutes and 19 seconds. Behling held off Nate Hoffman, of South Haven, Minn., by three seconds. The victory was the third for Behling, who also won in 2010 (16:39) and 2011 (15:49).

In the women’s division, St. Paul’s Carrie Tollefson took the title in 18:36. The 2004 Olympian crossed the finish line side-by-side with fellow St. Paul runner Angie Voight. Tollefson also won the race in 2010.

A record 2,029 registered for the event with an unofficial 1,783 finishing the race. For complete results, visit GrandmasMarathon.com.

Also, the 24th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and 38th annual Grandma’s Marathon are tomorrow at 6:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., respectively. A record field of 8,498 is registered for the half marathon, while 7,964 are signed up for the full marathon.

21st Annual William A. Irvin 5K

Friday, June 20 – Results

Top 10 Men

Scott Behling, Duluth.................................................... 15:19

Nate Hoffman, South Haven, Minn.............................. 15:22

Dominique Aulagnon, Thunder Bay............................ 15:30

Grant Pulver, Chippewa Falls...................................... 16:14

Blake Anderson, Sartell................................................ 16:27

Sam Johnson, Aurora................................................... 17:09

Alan Evans, Beaver Dams, N.Y.................................... 17:11

Jordan Bringgold, Roberts, Wis................................. 17:29

Brian St.George, Mountain Iron, Minn........................ 17:35

Alex Wischnack, Norwood Young America, Minn.... 17:55

Top 10 Women

Carrie Tollefson, St Paul.............................................. 18:36

Angie Voight, St Paul.................................................... 18:36

Jaclyn Rollins, Thunder Bay......................................... 19:19

Jordan Paschke, Chanhassen...................................... 19:42

Michelle Ostien, Mora................................................... 20:10

Elizabeth Schlafke, Annandale..................................... 20:09

Elise Longley, Bloomington........................................ 20:12

Rachel Norby, Mora...................................................... 20:27

Lauren McCollor, Plymouth......................................... 20:43

Natasha Frank, Thunder Bay........................................  21:04

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