Peterson runs final raceThe Northland running community and Superior lost an iconic figure Thursday with the passing of Kevin Peterson of Superior.
By: By Kevin Pates and Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
The Northland running community and Superior lost an iconic figure Thursday with the passing of Kevin Peterson of Superior.
Peterson, 54, died at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth of pancreatic cancer. He had been diagnosed in 2011.
Peterson was a runner for much of his life, a volunteer and board member for Grandma’s Marathon, who ran races four times to be Superior’s mayor. Last September, he participated in the Grandma’s Minnesota Mile on Superior Street.
Peterson, a lifelong Superior resident, had been part of Grandma’s Marathon since its inception in 1977. He was a member of the founding organization, the North Shore Striders, and ran in the inaugural race.
When the race went to a nonprofit status in 1987 and needed volunteers to help run the event, Peterson pitched in and continued to help. In 2011, he was the chairman of the 16-member board of directors.
Peterson owned rental properties in Superior and was actively involved with his business until six weeks ago.
“Kevin worked as long as he possibly could and ran as long as he possibly could. To the very end, he was thumbing his nose at the Grim Reaper,” said close friend Tim Stratioti of Duluth.
Peterson was a serious runner.
Peterson finished Grandma’s Marathon seven times; had a marathon best of 2 hours, 36 minutes in Miami in 1985 and ran a Las Vegas half-marathon in 1:10 at age 40 in 1999; and completed the Edmund Fitzgerald 100K race of 62.1 miles.
“Running has been a lifelong passion, and I believe living a healthy lifestyle teaches you many things about life. I still believe that,” Peterson, a Superior mayoral candidate in 1987, 2000, 2003 and 2011, told the News Tribune in 2012.
Peterson also served on the Superior City Council in the 7th District, finishing the term of a councilor that resigned in 2000.
Peterson was frequently an advocate for taxpayers when the council considered matters that would affect their pocketbooks.
There will be a celebration of life for Peterson at Greysolon Ballroom on June 11.