Updated: 06/26/2013 11:08 PM
Created: 06/26/2013 11:02 PM WDIO.com
By: Laura Kennedy
Duluth, Minn. - On a foggy Saturday morning, thousands of runners tackled Grandma's Marathon.
Bazu Worku of Ethiopia led the pack to become the 2013 Men's Champion, but did not break Dick Beardsley's course record of 2:09.37.
"His main goal coming here was to set the record, when he saw the weather, he was very sure he was going to win the race and very confident," said Worku through an interpreter.
There was a lot of speculation leading up to the marathon that the men's record would be broken. But, it was actually the women's division that saw a new record set. Sarah Kiptoo ran her race in two hours, 26 minutes, 32 seconds.
"I didn't think I can run, but when I crossed the halfway, I saw I could make good time today. Because I see the difference in last month's marathon and that I did a big difference. I did 1:16 halfway, but today, I did 1:11 so I knew I had a chance to break the record," said Kiptoo.
A minnesota native was crowned champion in the men's race of the Garry Bjorklund half marathon. 19-year-old John Klecker of Minnetonka hails from a running family.
"Both of my parents ran professionally so they helped me out. It's all self motivation, but whenever I want to work out or I've needed to talk about my training and stuff, they're always there which is really nice to have. I bounce a lot of workout ideas off my mom and dad," says Klecker.
The Bjorklund race was a tune up run for women's winner Mary Davies, who is training for the World Championships, but it also gave her a little taste of home.
"I really like Duluth. I'm from New Zealand, a small town so it feels a little more home like than Houston where I'm living now. People are really friendly," says Davies.
Kiptoo wasn't the only one who made history. Mo Trafeh also set a new course record to win his second USA Half Marathon Championship.
"I'm really happy, with my age - I'm 28 - and I'm still consistent with my running so it means that I'm still healthy and I still have that energy and that speed so it means a lot," says Trafeh.
It was also a big day for Adriana Nelson, who claimed the women's national title. "It's my first gold medal at nationals. It's very emotional. I used to run for Romania and I had many gold medals. But, this is very important for me and very special," says Nelson.
Fitger's 5K Raises $20K For Young Athletes
It may not have felt much like spring today, but thousands signed-up to voluntarily run outside. It was the 25th Annual Fitger's 5K this morning and that means racing season in the Northland has officially started. This year, the race raised $20,000 for the Young Athletes Foundation.
Post-rehab, Injured Snowy Owl Released in Superior
A rare snowy owl that was hit by a bus in Washington D.C. and sent to Minnesota for rehab is back in the wild. The owl was released outside Superior Saturday.
Circle of Native Nations Pow Wow Celebrates Winter's End
The 25th annual Circle of Nations pow wow took place at the UWS First Nations Center on Saturday. The center's director calls it a celebration of life, especially after the long winter.
Electric Fetus Parties for International Record Store Day
The Electric Fetus in Duluth held an International Record Store Day event on Saturday. The party featured live music, limited-edition releases, snacks and prizes.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
The Depot held a breakfast with the Easter bunny on Saturday morning. Guests could eat, play games and take pictures with the giant bunny before the big day.