Grandma’s Marathon is already two weeks ago, June 19, but if you’re looking to relive the race weekend, start with a replay of the the marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon on the Fourth of July on WEBC, 560 AM, the Fan. As you’re preparing for a cookout Sunday, listen to how Kemboi Philemon edged Kenyan countryman Chris Kipyego by 16 seconds to win in 2:15:44. And hear how two Ethiopians went 1-2 in the women’s race led by Buzunesh Deba in 2:31:36.
Also, former U.S. Olympian Carrie Tollefson of St. Paul returned to racing for the first time since having her first child in April. She tied for the William A. Irvin 5-kilometer women’s title on Friday. Then on Saturday she followed physical therapist Jenelle Deatherage of St. Louis Park, Minn., who finished 16th in her first marathon in 2:49:27 as part of a video, produced my mtec, that is here. It’s a fun 10-minute look at the Grandma’s weekend and includes chatting with course record holder Dick Beardsley and 5K women’s co-winner Erin Ward of St. Paul.
Also Beardsely, 54, of Austin, Texas, reports that surgery June 30 to strengthen his back went well. He hopes to be well enough to run the 35th Grandma’s Marathon next year on June 18, which will be 30 years since setting the course mark of 2:09:37 in 1981. His surgery update is on his website here.