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Grandma's Marathon 2017 recap

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DULUTH, MN -

Another year of Grandma's Marathon is in the books. As runner from all over the world prepare to head home, the mark they left on Duluth will stick around.

The 41st Grandma's Marathon brought in thousands of runners and even more spectators. 

Marathon organizers say an estimated 60,000 came out to celebrate Grandma's weekend. 

In the 27th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, 8,893 people registered with 7,336 starting the race and 7,332 finishing. 

Kenyan Evans Kurui and Ethiopian Biruktayit Degefa, claimed the men's and women's title finishing in just over an hour.

Duluth native, Kara Goucher, placed fifth in her return to racing. 

In the biggest even, Grandma's Full Marathon, 8,727 people registered  with 6,689 starting the race in Two Harbors. Of those 6,377 runners finished by 3 p.m. 

Elisha Barno and Hellen Jepkurgat claimed the big victory titles in the 26.2 mile race. 

This year, Grandma's Marathon had a first with live streaming the races on Facebook and received comments from people watching from locations like the North Pole and India. 

Over all, event organizers are calling Grandma's Marathon 2017 a complete success. 

Grandma's Marathon organizers start planning and preparing for the 2018 event first thing Monday morning. 
 

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