Worku wins Grandma’s MarathonPublished 9:55am Monday, June 24, 2013
DULUTH — Bazu Worku broke away from the leaders about 19 miles into the race to win the 37th annual Grandma’s Marathon.
The 22-year-old Ethiopian, running in his first Grandma’s Marathon, finished nearly four minutes better than his personal best. The Duluth News Tribune reports he crossed the finish line in Duluth on Saturday in an unofficial two hours, 11 minutes and 12 seconds to beat Kenya’s Ernest Kabenei.
But Worku wasn’t able to beat the course record set 32 years ago by Minnesota’s Dick Beardsley, who won the 1981 title in 2:09:37.
Pelican Rapids’ Jake Januszewski was the top local male runner as he recorded a time of 2:42:36.
Sarah Kiptoo of Kenya won the Grandma’s Marathon women’s title in a course-record 2:26:32, which was 33 seconds better than the old mark of 2:27:05 set by Fira Sultanova in 2003.
Katie Wicklund of Clitherall led local female marathon runners with a time of 4:26:38.
In the half marathon, Jake Klecker of Minnetonka took the race with a time of 1:09:19.
Mary Davies of Houston, TX led female runners in the half marathon with a time of 1:11:07.
Wes Borowski of Fergus Falls finished with a time of 1:38:25 for the top local male, while Lynn Wolters of Fergus Falls finished as the top local female runner with a time of 1:39:46.
Half Marathon Results (Local Runners): Wesley Borowski, 49, Fergus Falls, 1:38:25; Lynn Wolters, 47, Fergus Falls, 1:39:46; Joseph Sanderson, 26, Fergus Falls, 1:41:45; Arvid Strande, 57, Fergus Falls, 1:53:02; Jarrod Asmus, 32, Fergus Falls, 2:13:09; Heidi Bucher, 35, Fergus Falls, 2:25:45; Abby Herbranson, 19, Clitherall, 2:21:52; David Trites, 66, Clitherall, 2:49:16; Ron Peterson, 58, Pelican Rapids, 2:51:56; Paul Tabbut, 64, Pelican Rapids, 3:01:49; Jody Martinson, 41, Perham, 2:01:52; Amber Talarico, 26 New York Mills, 2:24:17; Kim Froemming, 48, Barrett, 2:02:33.
Marathon Results (Local Runners): Dan Stueve, 42, Fergus Falls, 3:14:35; Daniel Stueve, 20, Fergus Falls, 3:20:09; Kyle Johnsen, 31, Fergus Falls, 3:39:16; Wade Swenson, 40, Fergus Falls, 3:42:39; Sara Kipp, 44, Fergus Falls, 4:35:37; Daryl Kipp, 45, Fergus Falls, 4:35:38; Alysse Friedrich, 19, Fergus Falls, 5:46:12; Jake Januszewski, 29, Pelican Rapids, 2:42:36; Danza Johnsrud, 46, Ashby, 4:34:14; Nick Le Tourneau, 19, New York Mills, 3:40:08; Gabriel Wicklund, 19, Clitherall, 4:09:47; Katie Wicklund, 18, Clitherall, 4:26:38.