abc
QUICK LINKS:

UMD's Rivard to Compete in Grandma's Half Marathon

Updated: 06/19/2014 11:53 PM
Created: 06/19/2014 11:41 PM WDIO.com
By: Eyewitness Sports

Duluth, Minn - Among those putting to foot to pavement during Grandma's Marathon weekend is UMD star Sam Rivard.

The Oak Grove, Minnesota native reached nationals during the outdoor season as a freshman, won the mile at the Indoor Nationals in March and among many other honors, she was named the NSIC's Newcomer of the Year and the Central Region Track Athlete of the Year. She has run the full for fun, but told us she decided to treat herself by running in the half marathon at Grandma's.

"It is sort of an end-of-the-year present to myself, I was sort of talking to the coach and she said, why don't you do Grandma's Marathon and take a week off and get ready for cross country. I plan on just racing with some of the guys on the team and hopefully, I'll have a good finish staying with them," says Rivard.

More than 18-thousand participants are expected to compete over Grandma's weekend. For the full marathon, it is the 38th Annual Race and for the Garry Bjorklund Half - it is the 24th. Not only is this weekend big for the Northland, it has become a destination for runners from all over the world.

"This is just huge for the city and the entire area and region for that matter. Bringing in this many people into this area for a weekend event is phenomonol," says Bob Gustafson, Public Relations Director from Grandma's Marathon.

The first race won't be Saturday, it will be Friday as the 21st Annual William A Irvin 5K is scheduled for 6 pm.

Front Page

  • Parents Sentenced in Drowning Death of Toddler

    The parents of a northwestern Wisconsin toddler who drowned after wandering away from home in 2012 have been sentenced.  Thomas Williams will serve jail time followed by probation, while Jenna Danish will be on probation.

  • Powerful Business Groups Object to Wis. Road Taxes

    A coalition of powerful business groups in Wisconsin are coming out against a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker's Department of Transportation that would increase taxes and fees by more than $750 million.

  • Bentleyville Opening Weekend Draws Large Crowd

      One of the Christmas City of the North's favorite holiday traditions, the Bentleyville Tour of Lights, officially kicked off Saturday night with more than 15,000 visitors. The man behind Bentleyville, and its unofficial "mayor" Nathan Bentley says bringing the holiday light display to Bayfront Festival Park every year is about community...

  • Weekend Anchor Laurie Stribling Says Goodbye

    Weekend Anchor Laurie Stribling had her last show Sunday night. Before she left, we took a look at some of the highlights during her time in the Northland.    

  • Junior League Gives Back Through Festival of Trees

    The Junior League of Duluth helped give back to the community while also lending a hand to local small businesses this weekend. 

 

Winter Weather Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Price; Sawyer; Washburn
Expires: 11/25/2014 12:00 AM

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Ashland; Bayfield; Douglas
Expires: 11/25/2014 6:00 AM

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Iron
Expires: 11/25/2014 6:00 AM

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

MI AREAS AFFECTED: Gogebic; Ontonagon
Expires: 11/25/2014 7:00 AM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement