Colombian Skaters Win NorthShore

Colombian skaters swept the individual titles in Saturday’s 14th NorthShore Inline Marathon from Two Harbors to Harbor Drive on a perfect day for racing.

Julian Rivera, 23, and Isabel Bernier, 16, both of Medellin, Columbia, were the elite winners from a starting field of 2,394 in North America’s largest inline marathon. Rivera, who fell in the closing stages last year and placed 13th, held of Harry Vogel of Clinton Township, Mich., to win in 59 minutes, 19.6 seconds. It’s believed to be the fastest winning time since Chad Hedrick set the race record of 57:18 in 1998.

Vogel, 26, was two-tenths of a second behind in 59:19.8 as six skaters finished in under an hour on a calm, sunny, 50-degree morning.

Bernier, a high school junior in her NorthShore debut, led the women’s division in 1:22:09.6, just ahead of her Metrik Way teammate, Daniela Sandoval Vega in 1:22:10.7. Vega, 15, was racing in the United States for the first time.

In the accompanying half-marathon, which had 376 finishers, Paul Meyering, 43, of Burnsville, Minn., out-sprinted Geoff Ash, 16, of Duluth to win in 39:48. Ash was second in 39:49. The women’s winner was 10-year-old Kelsey English, a fifth grader from Stafford, Va., who was 11th overall in 42:30.

The top Minnesotan in the marathon was Daniel Frederick, 38, of Roseville, Minn., in 1:09:15.1, 16th overall. Dave Bartz, 43, of Hayward, Wis., finished in 1:16:19.7 and Andrey Zhuikov, 47, of Duluth in 1:17:58.