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Tollefson Defends Women's Crown, Scherber Wins Men's Title at 26th William A. Irvin 5K

WDIO Sports
Created: June 21, 2019 09:14 PM

Duluth, Minn. - 2004 U.S. Olympian and Minnesota running legend Carrie Tollefson defended her title in the women's division while Matthew Scherber picked up the men's title at the 26th Annual William A. Irvin 5K. For Tollefson, it is a three-peat and the fifth time she's won the race. Besides the olympics, Tollefson's resume includes multiple state titles as a prep athlete for Dawson-Boyd and multiple NCAA Championships at Villanova.

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The race helps kick off Grandma's Marathon weekend. This year, it'll be the 43rd running of the iconic race. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on Saturday will be the 29th annual.

Scherber, of St. Paul, Minnesota, won the men's 3.1-mile race with a time of 15:24. Second place went to Jesse Prince of Bemidji, Minnesota, with a time of 16:13. The course record on the scenic course was set by Dustin Franta (15:34) in 2017.

Tollefson, of St. Paul, took the title once again with a time of 18:11. Second place went to McKenzie Melander of Apple Valley, Minnesota, with a time of 19:47.

A record 2,410 participants registered for the annual event with 1,905 starters and finishers. Out of those finishers, there were 736 men and 1,169 women. For complete results, visit www.mtecresults.com.

The 29th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and 43nd annual Grandma’s Marathon are tomorrow at 6:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., respectively. A field of 9,239 is registered for the half marathon, while 8,549 are signed up for the full marathon. In all, over 20,000 are signed up to participate in the three-race weekend

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.

(Contributions from Mandi Peterson, Grandma's Marathon Marketing and Public Relations Director)

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