Grandma’s Marathon weekend kicked off Friday, June 21, with the William A. Irvin 5K ― the first of three races scheduled for the 43rd annual Grandma’s Marathon Weekend.
Matthew Scherber of St. Paul won the 3.1-mile race with a time of 15:24. Second place went to Jesse Prince of Bemidji, Minn., with a time of 16:13. The course record on the scenic course was set by Dustin Franta (15:34) in 2017.
In the women’s division, Carrie Tollefson of St. Paul, took the title once again with a time of 18:11. Tollefson came in first place in 2017 and 2018 as well. Second place went to McKenzie Melander of Apple Valley, Minn., with a time of 19:47.
A record 2,410 participants registered for the annual event with 1,905 starters and finishers. Out of those finishers, there were 736 men and 1,169 women. For complete results, visit www.mtecresults.com.
The 29th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and 43nd annual Grandma’s Marathon are Saturday at 6:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., respectively.
A field of 9,239 is registered for the half marathon, while 8,549 are signed up for the full marathon. In all, more than 20,000 are signed up to participate in the three-race weekend.