Duluthians celebrate Grandma’s Marathon champion

Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 10:41 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - The grandest sports weekend in the Northland has just wrapped up, Grandma’s Marathon weekend, but that doesn’t mean that the celebrations and festivities have ended. In fact, they’ve only begun.

Today a group of Duluthians gathered to celebrate their newly crowed Grandma’s Marathon champion. The men’s marathon elite finisher, Dominic Ondoro. Ondoro broke the course record in 2014 and this year was less than two minutes shy of breaking his previous record.

Nonetheless, among thousands of racers, Ondoro crossed the finish line first and his friends and fans wanted to host a party for his big-time win. Guests included three previous Grandma’s men’s marathon champs, Boniface “Bones” Kongin, Milton Rotich, and Elisha Barno.

“It was the people in Duluth, I like them. They cheer us on. They are lovely people. I’m very happy, I’ve been training a lot,” said Ondoro.

“It’s so cool to have our last four men’s champions together, wanting to hang out in Duluth after the race and family that is willing to host them and show them around our community. They really become adopted Duluthians, all four of them now and it’s fantastic to see,” said Schneider.

Ondoro says his next marathon will be the Chicago marathon in October. As for the next Grandma’s Marathon, that is in another 363 days and will be on Saturday, June 17th.

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