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Grandma's Marathon runners head into Northland days before race

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With only three days left to Grandma's Marathon, runners will start making their way into the Northland today and tomorrow.  Here's a breakdown of the numbers: 8,662 Full Marathon Runners 8,887 Half Marathon Runners 2,327 William A. Irvin 5k Runners Total of 19,876 Runners Duluth Running Company, General Manager, Tony Stensland says when runners may want to look at the course, especially Lemon Drop hill and the last miles before the finish line.  Stensland says runn... More>>

88-year-old woman and 13-year-old girl represent Grandma's age range Video included

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Close to 9,000 runners are taking on the big 26 point two tomorrow some for their first and others for their 58th time. Jenaya Schmidt is one of those first time runners but she's not your typical racer.

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Couple celebrates 50 years of marriage at Grandma's Marathon Video included

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Out of the nearly 90 marathons he's run, Grandmas is his favorite.  

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WEB: Kara Goucher returns to Duluth, runs Grandma's Marathon weekend Video included

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It was a hometown race, and that's what Kara Goucher wanted. The Duluth, Minn. native had been battling injuries and hadn't raced in more than a year and a half, so she jumped at a chance to make her return to action at Grandma's Marathon weekend.

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Despite travel delay, Barno wins record third straight Grandma's Marathon title Video included

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Elisha Barno may be the coolest guy in town.  After getting into town at 5:00 p.m. Friday, Barno dominated the field in the 41st annual Grandma's Marathon to become the first-ever runner to win three straight titles. 

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After photo finish, McGrory wins record eighth Grandma's Marathon wheelchair title Video included

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Teammates Amanda McGrory and Susannah Scaroni were neck-and-neck down the home stretch on Saturday morning, which was a bit unusual, but the race ended in what's come to be an expectation.

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Battling fatigue and humidity, Jepkurgat wins first-ever Grandma's Marathon Video included

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Helen Jepkurgat was sprawled against a wall late Saturday morning, having just completed and won her first-ever Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn. Asked how she felt when she hit the home stretch, Jepkurgat smiled wide. "Oh, I was so tired," she said, laughing. 

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Pike, George deliver closest-ever Grandma's Marathon wheelchair finish Video included

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As Aaron Pike and Joshua George, both of Champaign, Ill., barreled down the home stretch on Saturday morning, it looked more like a drag race than a marathon. After 26.2 miles, the two wheelchair racers officially crossed the line with the same time --- 1:29:02.

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Duluth's Goucher finishes fifth in return to Duluth, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Video included

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It was a much different scene than 2012, but Duluth, Minn. native Kara Goucher crossed the finish line at Saturday morning's Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon with her hands held high and a smile on her face. Really, that's all she wanted.

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After friend's recommendation, Degefa wins Garry Bjorklund debut Video included

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After Serkalem Abrha finished second in the 2016 Grandma's Marathon, she made a recommendation that her friend Biruktayit Degefa, had to experience the annual event in Duluth, Minn. Degefa decided to listen, and it's a good thing.

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Kurui runs personal best, wins in Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon debut Video included

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It was Evans Kurui's first time running the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and he did it so fast he might have to come back to actually enjoy the course. Kurui won the 2017 title with a time of 1:03:06 on Saturday morning, finishing nearly a half minute ahead of runner-up Weldon Kirui. 

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Franta, Tollefson run away with 2017 William A. Irvin 5K titles Video included

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The new course is only two years old for the William A. Irvin 5K, but Portland, Ore. resident Dustin Franta absolutely crushed the course record on Friday evening, beating the old mark by more than 30 seconds.

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Duluth a "safe place" for Goucher's return, won't rule out 2020 Olympics Video included

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Duluth, Minn. native Kara Goucher said she called Grandma's Marathon nine weeks ago to see if she could run. As if they'd ever say no. 

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Duluth's McGee teaches marathoning in college, enjoys fruits of her labor Video included

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Duluth, Minn. native Katie McGee has been running since she was 12 years old, and she's also qualified for three United States Olympic Trials in the marathon.

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Zambia's Chipangama comes for the race, stays for the party at Grandma's Video included

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There are many different ways to enjoy Grandma's Marathon weekend --- some run, some volunteer, and some spectate --- but elite men's runner Jordan Chipangama has found a way to perhaps enjoy the best of both worlds.

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WEB: Duluth's Kara Goucher returns for Grandma's Marathon weekend Video included

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Duluth, Minn. native Kara Goucher has returned to her hometown for Grandma's Marathon weekend, but she says fans shouldn't expect a repeat of her 2012 performance that set and still holds the half marathon course record.

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All's well that ends well, but elite runner Scherf nearly missed Grandma's Video included

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Marathons are usually run on Sundays. That was the thought of Scarsdale, N.Y. resident Lindsey Scherf, who booked her travel accordingly and planned to arrive in Duluth, Minn. late Friday night.

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Essentia Health Expo offers last chance to gear-up for Grandma's Video included

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The event, happening all day at the DECC, is open to the public.  .

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26th annual Whipper Snapper Race bring thousands of children to Bayfront Park Video included

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Future marathon runners were getting their training in at Bayfront Park on Friday. 

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DECC preps to serve over 10,000 at spaghetti feed Video included

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The Michelina's Spaghetti Feed starts today! On Wednesday, the kitchen crew at the DECC made hundreds of pounds of noodles to be served during the spaghetti feed. 

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Grandma's Marathon eve, William A. Irvin 5k Video included

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Grandma's Weekend has officially arrived and with that a lot of events are planned for today and tomorrow. The first race is the William A. Irvin 5K. The course is to start and end near the William A. Irvin Ship. ...

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Lakeside residents preparing to support runners Video included

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If you're one of the dozens of residents who live along the Grandma's race route, your options are to get out before you're boxed in by crowds and runners or embrace your front row seats to the action. 

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With Morgan Long gone, Grandma's runners aim to replicate her optimism, spirit Video included

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For years before Morgan Long died, she instilled a sense of optimism and bravery in the city of Duluth. That's a tough legacy to keep alive, but her family and friends will continue the fight later this week at the 41st annual Grandma's Marathon weekend.

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