Grandma’s Marathon champion Elisha Barno celebrated at Skyline

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On Saturday he crossed the finish line of Grandma’s Marathon in under 2 hours and 10 minutes. Then on Tuesday the now-five time Grandma’s champion Elisha Barno was celebrated by the Northland community.

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At Skyline Social and Games fans, family and fellow Grandma’s champs, including Dominic Ondoro and Milton Rotich, gathered to honor and duckpin bowl with the 47-year-old event’s winningest men’s runner.

Barno’s time of 2:09.14 was just eight seconds shy of the record set by 2023 second place finisher Ondoro in 2014. Winning Grandma’s at 38-years-old Barno also broke his personal record set in 2018 by 18 seconds.

“Duluth is good because I run my personal best. Duluth is very nice and Grandma’s is very nice. Nice course. Because I have run Houston, I have run so many races, but see I have a lot of PB [personal bests] in Grandmas. I say Grandma’s is my favorite race now,” Barno said.

Barno added he plans to defend his Grandma’s Marathon title next year, but will enjoy bowling victories in the meantime.