Grandma’s weekend starts out wet; Beardsley says course record could fall; Security increased for marathon; Goucher fifth in 10K; Gwozdecky and Alabama-Huntsville

The Summer Solstice has arrived, yet spring-like weather remains in Northeastern Minnesota. Rain and 50 degrees Friday, the eve of the 37th Grandma’s Marathon, 23rd Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the 2013 USA Half Marathon Championships. A 60 percent chance of rain is predicted for Saturday according to the National Weather Service.

Is Dick Beardsley’s 1981 marathon course record in jeopardy? The News Tribune has some thoughts here.

Security will be increased at Grandma’s Marathon, especially in the finish line area in Canal Park. Mike Creger of the News Tribune has an update here.

Kara Goucher finished fifth in Thursday’s U.S. Track and Field Championships women’s 10,000-meter event in Des Moines, Iowa. Her teammate, Shalane Flanagan, won the race. The Portland Oregonian has all the details here.

Former Denver coach George Gwozdecky is in the mix for the vacant Alabama-Huntsville job according to U.S. College Hockey Online here and UAH here and Mark McCarter of the Huntsville Times has a brief update here.