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Duluth 2nd grader runs virtual William A. Irvin 5K

Updated: May 13, 2020 08:16 PM

Grandma's Marathon races won't be held with all the fanfare we're accustomed to. But the race is still encouraging people to run virtually. 

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Ayden Lonetto, a 2nd grader at Duluth's Raleigh Edison Academy, and his parents had set a goal of running the William A. Irvin 5K. Despite the real race being canceled, they wanted to follow through. 

So Tuesday afternoon, they ran 3.1 miles along Grand Ave. and 59th Ave. W.

"It was fun to do it, and I like how I ran 3 miles," Ayden said after. 

Some friends and teachers spaced out at the "finish line" and made a banner for Ayden to run through. The experience left him wanting more. 

"When I grow up, I want to do the Grandma's Marathon," he said.

Runners that finish the Grandma's races between May 4 and July 31 can submit their time and receive a finisher shirt and medal. 

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