Temperatures neared 85 degrees for Sunday’s Stockholm Marathon in Sweden. News Tribune writer Mark Stodghill, a racing veteran, made his international debut and got to the finish line despite the heat in 4:53:03. His plans are to complete a quest of running a marathon in every U.S. state later this year and has just one state remaining.
The inaugural Minneapolis Marathon was also held Sunday, which was 50 degrees at the 7 a.m. start and then 70 by 11 a.m. The marathon winners were Thomas Tisell, 41, of St. Paul in 2:42:57 overall and Jessica Pink, 29, of Hopkins, Minn., in 3:04:16. Erik Kaitala, 37, of Duluth was fourth overall in 2:59:02. In the accompanying half-marathon, the winners were Daniel Dimeo, 22, of Owatonna, Minn., in 1:15:04, and Angie Williams, 29, of Minneapolis in 1:23:49. Statistics show 1,200 marathon finishers and 2,246 half-marathon finishers. Results are here.
A report from Stockholm:
Kenya’s Paul Kipkemei Kogo mastered the heat of up to 85 degrees and won the 31st edition of the Stockholm Marathon by the largest margin ever, seven minutes.
It’s the fourth consecutive year that the runners have to cope with temperatures. Kogo was followed by his compatriots Abraham Keter, Bejamin Serem and Willy Kirui during the first lap that ended in 1:07.22.
The reigning champion Kirui was the first victim of Kogo’s pace. He left the course after 30 kilometers, hit by severe dehydration. Serem lost five minutes during the last seven kilometers while Keter didn’t finish the race.
Isabellah Andersson repeated her feat of last year and run the race with negative splits, the second half faster than the first one. The Swedish record holder Lena Gavelin lost her momentum and was also beaten by seven minutes.
A record number of 13,718 runners finished the race in spite of the tough conditions.
1) Paul Kipkemei Kogo, KEN, 2:15:35
2) Benjamin Serem, KEN, 2:22:51
3) Said Regragui, SWE, 2:22:57
4) Jonas Buud, SWE, 2:24:37
5) Boubker El Afoui, MAR, 2:24:49
6) Phillip Bandawe, ZIM, 2:26:00
7) Lars Johansson, SWE, 2:26:47
8) Emil Lerdahl, SWE, 2:28:47
9) Marek Poszepczynski, SWE, 2:28:54
10) Johan Ehrs, FIN, 2:29:02
1) Isabellah Andersson, SWE, 2:33:52
2) Lena Gavelin, SWE, 2:40:52
3) Veronika Lopatina, RUS, 2:46:35
4) Alexandra Svensson, SWE, 2:47:06
5) Therese Hagersjö, SWE, 2:50:27
6) Tatyana Belkina, BLR, 2:51:21
7) Johanna Bohlin, SWE, 2:52:50
8) Jenny Jansson, SWE, 2:55:29
9) Marlene Persson, SWE, 2:58:39
10) Hanna Bartholomew, SWE, 3:00:36