King, Shea take first place in 28th annual William A. Irvin 5K |

King, Shea take first place in 28th annual William A. Irvin 5K

Updated: June 19, 2021 07:27 AM
Created: June 18, 2021 09:51 PM

On Friday night, hundreds of runners kicked off Grandma's Marathon weekend racing in the William A. Irvin 5K. 

This year both the start and finish lines were moved to Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park, marking the fourth route used since the 5K began in 1994. 

The 28th annual event had 1,052 finishers, which was a smaller field than usual due to Covid precautions.

Crossing first in his first ever William A. Irvin 5K was 19-year-old Mason Shea. The River Falls native finished with a time of 16:26, over a minute ahead of the men's runner-up Mike Walentiny (17:34).

Chicago's Kristina King, 29, finished first in the women's division with a time of 17:26. It's the the fourth fastest woman's time in event history.

She beat out three time defending champion Carrie Tollefson by 58 seconds.

"It's nice to come back kind of redeem myself," King said. "I had a rocky finish at the Olympic Trials back in 2020, so feels good to come back and get a win."

"It was kind of just try to win but stay within myself," Shea said about crossing the finish line first. "It was just electric the whole way. It's so nice to have the crowd cheering me on and I felt like I wasn't running alone."

Shea will return to the pavement Saturday, racing in the 31st annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

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