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Kongin, Rojas Claim First Grandma's Marathon Titles

Chelsie Brown
Updated: June 22, 2019 06:38 PM

In the 43rd annual Grandma’s Marathon, two first-time champions were crowned. For the first time in four years on the men's side the new champion was Kenya’s Boniface Kongin. He finished the course with a time of 2:12:01 while battling a leg pain.

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Coming in second was Andrew Colley, 28, from Blowing Rock NC, who finished in 2:12:15. Christopher Kipyego, 45, of Kenya, won the masters men’s division for the third consecutive year crossing the finish line in 2:17:06.

In the women’s division, Nell Rojas, claimed the women’s championship title with a time of 2:28:09. Rojas, 31, from Boulder, CO, cruised to an easy victory in the second marathon of her career with a time of 2:28:09 ahead of Margaret Njuguna, 35, of Kenya, with a time of 2:33:15. Heather Lieberg, 40, of Montana, finished in 2:40:38 and earned the female masters title.

Kongin earned $10,000 for the victory. Rojas earned $10,000 for the victory plus a $10,000 time bonus for finishing in under 2:29:00.

There were 8,549 people registered for the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon. There were 6,599 participants (3,540 men and 3,059 women) that started the race in Two Harbors, MN, and of those participants, there were 6,283 runners (3,379 men and 2,904 women) that finished by 3:30 p.m.

For complete results, log on to www.grandmasmarathon.com.

WDIO is a major media partner of Grandma's Marathon. Watch for coverage leading up to race day, and live streaming of the Marathon and Half Marathon on all WDIO online platforms.

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Chelsie Brown

Copyright 2019 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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