Susannah Scaroni, 28, of Illinois, won the women’s wheelchair division for the second consecutive year, set a new event record, and the Paralympic World Record with a time of 1:30:42 during the 43rd annual Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 22.
Scaroni is now a nine-time Grandma’s Marathon Champion. Tatyana McFadden, 30, of Maryland, came in second place at 1:31:30.
Aaron Pike 33, also of Illinois, won for the third straight year with a time of 1:20:59 in the men’s wheelchair division, setting a new event record. He beat Patrick Monahan, 33, of Ireland, who finished in 1:22:23.
Kenya’s Boniface Kongin claimed victory in the full Grandma’s Marathon, finishing with a time of 2:12:01. Coming in second was Andrew Colley, 28, from Blowing Rock N.C., who finished in 2:12:15.
Superior’s Richard Vanden Branden was the top local runner, finishing in 462nd place with a time of 3:07:28.
Christopher Kipyego, 45, of Kenya, won the masters men’s division for the third consecutive year with a time of 2:17:06.
American Nell Rojas claimed the women’s championship title with a time of 2:28:09.
Rojas, 31, from Boulder, Colo., cruised to an easy victory in the second marathon of her career with a time of 2:28:09, ahead of Margaret Njuguna, 35, of Kenya, with a time of 2:33:15.
Superior’s Sarah Anderson was the top local female, finishing 380th in 3:29.46. Anderson was also the top local female in the William A. Irvin 5K, finishing in 62nd place in 21:12.
Heather Lieberg, 40, of Montana, finished in 2:40:38 and earned the female masters title.
Kongin earned $10,000 for the victory, while Rojas earned $10,000 for the victory plus a $10,000 time bonus for finishing in under 2:29:00.
There were 8,549 people registered for the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon. There were 6,599 participants (3,540 men and 3,059 women) that started the race in Two Harbors, and of those participants, there were 6,283 runners (3,379 men and 2,904 women) that finished by 3:30 p.m.
In the 29th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, Panuel Mkungo, 25, of Kenya, won for the second consecutive year with a time of 1:02:37. Katy Jermann, 27, of Burnsville, Minn., claimed the women’s title in 1:10:27.
Iron River’s Wyatt Pajtash and Lake Nebagamon’s Sabrina Martinson were the top local males and females in the half marathon. Pajtash finished 90th in 1:15.02, while Martinson was 125th in 1:18.30.
There were 9,239 people registered for the 2019 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon with 7,481 starters (2,867 men and 4,614 women) and 7,492 finishers (2,872 men and 4,620 women).
The 44th annual Grandma's Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2020.
William A. Irvin 5K
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 was set by Dustin Franta (15:34) in 2017.
In the women’s division, St. Paul’s Carrie Tollefson 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.
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.
Maple’s Jake Levine was the top local runner, finishing in 10th place in 17:50.
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.
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