Up North: 2018 Grandma's Marathon Avoids Weather Woes

Eyewitness Sports
Updated: June 20, 2018 10:40 PM

The wet weather that arrived on Grandma's Marathon Eve did not look promising that the races would take place over the weekend. However, marathon morning there were cloudy skies and cooler temps, but no cancellations which was a sigh of relief for organizers.

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"We were fortunate enough to have amazing weather for all of the runners. We heard so many stories about PR's and personal bests and we are just so thankful for that," said Grandma's Marathon Marketing and Public Relations Director Mandi Peterson.

In fact, the weather and potentially the change in the course may have been the reason for event records being broken.

"I think that you can say that's you're a 2:25 or 2:26 marathoner all day, but unless you actually do it, you're not. So to go out and actually do it, you know I can say that i'm a 2:24 marathoner," said Grandma's Marathon winner Kellyn Taylor.

Taylor shattered the women's marathon record by two minutes. On the men's side, since Elisha Barno began running in Grandma's Marathon, he hasn't dropped a race claiming his fourth straight title. For Kenya's Monicah Ngige who won the women's half marathon, she also shaved off minutes from her personal best and was just 10 seconds shy of the all-time course record.

"I'm happy because all the way from 72-69 (minutes) is a good time and big improvement," Ngige said following the race.

Aside from the elite runners, Grandma's Marathon continues to push people to try something new and experience what it feels like to cross the finish line in the heart of Canal Park surrounded by some your biggest supporters.

"You know it's on my bucket list of things to do. I may never do it again after today, but this is just one of those things I wanted to do so I made her do it with me," one runner said to reporter Baihly Warfield during WDIO/WIRT's livestream coverage of Grandma's Marathon.

"Training was harder than the race itself actually," said Good Morning Northland Anchor Amy Adamle who finished her first Grandma's Half Marathon. "The motivation you get from the people down here, you just don't want to stop running. They are just pushing you the whole way," she added.


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