Updated: June 19, 2021 08:46 PM
Created: June 19, 2021 04:49 PM
Thousands of runners completed the 26 mile trek that makes up Grandma's Marathon Saturday, and along almost every mile of the marathon, fans cheered them on.
With bright signs and bells, the Bergmann family of Pepin Wisconsin cheered their dad on.
“It’s been so exciting. He's been training for this forever, so we are just so proud of him and so glad we could be here to watch this,” Jordan Bergmann, daughter said.
“He looks like he’s in great shape for mile 26,” Maddie Bergmann, daughter said.
“For 50 years old, he looks awesome and we're so proud of him,” Cheryl Bergmann, wife said.
Meanwhile, the Olson family of Pike Lake was proud to cheer on their mom.
“We're expecting mom to cross the finish line any minute now,” Steve Olson, husband said.
“She got up at like 5:15 this morning to get ready and I think it’s really cool to be cheering her on again,” Nash Olson, son said.
After running themselves, some joined in to encourage other runners, like Joe Cowlin and Dan Stanton of Chicago, who were happy to be back at it.
“I think in general it’s good to be back racing and being competitive and feeling the energy of a big race,” Cowlin said.
“The organization ran everything the way I think everyone hoped and we all had a great race,” Stanton said.
Win or lose, run or cheer, participants and fans said it was great to be back.
“It’s huge. Everybody loves it, whether you are running in it or just cheering for it. It’s a good time,” Olson said.
This year's Grandma's Marathon comes after last year's was cancelled as a result of the pandemic.