Up North: Duluth Day Conditions Perfect for Grandma's Marathon Course Records

Created: June 25, 2019 04:07 PM

Before even settling into the starting line, Susannah Scaroni knew that this year's Grandma's Marathon could be one for the record books.

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"Given the field that's here and the weather, if we have favorable weather, you could see a world record here tomorrow which would be cool," Scaroni said on Grandma's Marathon Eve at the elite athletes press conference.

After beating her personal record in a marathon distance at last year at Grandma's Marathon, she not only repeated as the women's wheelchair division champion, but shattered the course record by nearly six minutes.

"You have the weather, you have the beautiful course and a really great field that Grandma's brought in so all those things came together," Scaroni said after the race.

The tailwind gifted by Lake Superior seemed to play a huge factor with the Para athletes.

"Every time we looked down we saw 20 miles an hour, so I knew it was going to be fast," described men's wheelchair division champion Aaron Pike about the course.

Once Pike crossed the half marathon mark at around 39 minutes, he knew he was on pace for a fast time. He ended up beating the course record by two minutes.

"The course is phenomenal. People travel around the world to run this race," said Pike. "You're going to come here and you know if the weather is right, you're going to get the fastest time of your life," he added.

Pike's win marked his third consecutive victory, and for Scaroni, she's now a nine-time Grandma's Marathon champion. Along with their training and the help of a perfect Duluth day, the 2019 grandma's marathon is another that will go down in history.

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