April 26, 2017 10:34 PM
A record number field of 2,096 runners participated in the 28th Annual Fitger’s 5k Run and Walk.
With temperatures near 60 degrees Saturday morning, participants were dressed in shorts and tank tops for an abnormally warmer day in April.
“The weather was perfect. It’s one of those perfect Duluth days,” said Public Relations and Marketing Director for Grandma’s Marathon Kate Kucinski.
Come the finish line, the Northland saw a familiar face cross it first once again. Duluth native Scott Behling who has run his fair share of 5k’s in the area repeated as the Fitger’s 5k champion with a time of 15:54.
“It’s always nice to see people in the crowd that I know,” said Behling. “When you’re from Duluth you know a lot of people around the area, so it’s always good to see the hometown crowd,” continued Behling.
On the women’s side, Anna Lahti also from Duluth, took first with a time of 19:56.
“It feels good,” said Lahit. “I mean it’s the first race of the spring so it’s more motivating for sure when you can win something.”
With this race set in the spring, both Behling and Lahti said it’s a good way to see where they’re at this time of the year. They both plan to run in Grandma’s Half Marathon this summer.
The race helps raise over $20,000 dollars every year for the Young Athletes Foundation.
Updated: April 26, 2017 10:34 PM
Created: April 26, 2017 04:56 PM
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