There were 12 area runners who completed the 43rd Grandma’s Marathon held in Duluth Saturday, June 22. In total, 6,361 runners finished the annual event with the average time of 4 hours, 18 minutes and 38 seconds. The iconic race attracts runners from all 50 states and nearly 50 countries each year, bringing the race to prominence as one of the largest marathons in the United States. Grandma’s Marathon is presented by Members Cooperative Credit Union and Toyota.

The top area finisher was Ben Mackay, 36, of Grand Rapids who finished 611 overall in a time of 3:06:31. This was the fourth year Mackay was the top area runner in Grandma’s Marathon. The highest area female finisher was Rachel Miesbauer of Grand Rapids who was 826 overall (225 among 2956 females) with a time of 3:16:21.

In the Garry Bjorkland Half Marathon, there were 62 area finishers. Nashwauk’s Ellyssa Peterson, 20, had the best finish for the area, placing 183, among a total of 7,491 runners with a time of 1:23:50. Eddie Cease, 21, of Grand Rapids, was the top male finisher, placing 194 overall in 1:24:38.

The overall men’s marathon winner was Boniface Kongin, 29, of Duluth and previously of Kenya, who won after battling multiple injuries in a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 56 seconds. The past four men’s titles had been won by fellow Kenyan Elisha Barno.

The women’s winner was Nell Rojas of Boulder, Colo. It was just the second marathon for Rojas who finished in 2:28:06.

Kenyan Panuel Mkungo won his second straight title in the 29th annual Garry Bjorkland Half Marathon with a time of 1:02:37, and Minnesotan Katy Jermann finished first for females at a personal best of 1:10:27.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON (NAME, AGE, TIME, PLACE)

Cohasset:

Nick Hansen, 41, 3:36:44, 1494; Brad Hill, 63, 4:34:25, 4089; Steve Otto, 59, 4:10:12, 3026.

Grand Rapids:

Shandelle Eliason, 23, 4:54:16, 4787; Joe Franzone, 52, 3:59:29, 2587; Emily Hegrenes, 20, 3:55:43, 2374; Nicholas Larson, 36, 4:19:02, 3417; Benjamin Mackay, 36, 3:06:31, 611; Laura Martwick, 32, 6:02:30, 6036; Rachel Miesbauer, 26, 3:16:21, 826.

Nashwauk:

Maryellen Cressy, 46, 4:13:02, 3130.

Pengilly:

Kara Clifton, 31, 3:28:28, 1210.

See Grandma’s, page 3B

GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON (NAME, AGE, TIME, PLACE)

Bigfork:

Mallory Johnson, 36, 3:29:04, 7379; Peter Johnson, 36, 3:29:04, 7380; Kelly Ramsdell, 34, 2:33:59, 5794.

Cohasset:

Erinn Eidelbes, 25, 2:54:29, 6776; Lyle Eidelbes, 60, 2:11:50, 3840; Leah Oslin, 39, 1:55:09, 1917; Troy Scott, 37, 1:56:52, 2120; Dan Soular, 41, 1:56:31, 2076;

Kara Williams, 34, 1:55:09, 1916.

Coleraine:

Andrea Archila, 30, 3:23:45, 7350; Ivonne Archila, 28, 2:00:03, 2500; Logan Dechampeau, 14, 2:10:10, 3672; Eric Graber, 42, 2:15:44, 4222; Anna Hansen, 14, 2:18:36, 4533; Dallas Kane, 19, 1:49:48, 1372; Patrick Kane, 48, 1:49:49, 1374; James Kingen, 50, 1:52:30, 1643; Jeri Peterson, 56, 2:10:49, 3725; Jane Sloan, 25, 2:05:25, 3096.

Deer River:

Jim Curto, 57, 1:31:28, 346.

Grand Rapids:

Becky Blake, 47, 2:37:31, 6016; Cameron Brandt, 19, 2:09:53, 3632; Lisa Brandt, 52, 2:01:51, 2731; Margaret Cass, 82, 3:53:46, 7471; Eddie Cease, 21, 1:24:38, 194; Kory Cease, 57, 3:04:46, 7054; Lisa Fox, 48, 2:43:10, 6321; Theresa Fox, 38, 1:47:37, 1155; Kevin Friesen, 60, 1:43:52, 937; Lara Gibson Mlinar, 31, 2:32:37, 5695; Randy Harju, 68, 2:13:42, 4033; Katherine Hooey, 25, 3:00:12, 6928; Aaron Itkonen, 43, 2:34:40, 5847; Savannah Kent, 28, 1:43:04, 876; Elizabeth Lowe, 56, 3:04:46, 7052; Matthew Mlinar, 34, 2:32:38, 5698; John Nalan, 54, 2:39:50, 6151; Sarah Oja, 37, 2:38:21, 6073; Earl Ortman, 37, 2:04:56, 3039; Jessica Ortman, 35, 2:26:03, 5186; Zachary Ortman, 17, 2:04:53, 3037; Lindsey Peratalo, 27, 2:14:10, 4075; Emily Rothstein, 32, 1:58:34, 2325; Nick Rothstein, 33, 1:40:00, 700; Angela Schmitt, 30, 1:56:27, 2067; Eric Serven, 37, 2:27:33, 5313; Sarah Spahn, 38, 2:43:10, 6320; Cheryl Stojevich, 55, 2:26:23, 5211; Randy Sweet, 36, 2:05:57, 3157; Daniel Wier, 39, 1:46:11, 1057; Kelly Wier, 35, 1:37:17, 546; Jim Wimmer, 57, 1:59:06, 2399; Lucas Winkler, 37, 1:49:06, 1307.

Hill City:

Blaine Sawdey, 61, 2:02:45, 2816.

Nashwauk:

Peter Anderson, 46, 2:33:25, 5754; Rob Goss, 38, 1:53:42, 1770; Daniel Olson, 15, 1:26:20, 218; Ellyssa Peterson, 20, 1:23:50, 183; Gregory Peterson, 17, 1:31:53, 356; Cody Staydohar, 19, 1:49:38, 1359; Jo Staydohar, 37, 3:07:43, 7100.

Pengilly:

Christina Covier, 36, 2:13:27, 4009.

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