Grandma’s Marathon week arrives; Kara and Shalane; Berlo’s NCHC jersey

The 37th Grandma’s Marathon and 23rd Garry Bjorklund, not to the mention the USA Half Marathon Championships, will be run along the North Shore on Saturday, June 22.

The News Tribune kicks off its race coverage Sunday with two stories: a Father’s Day piece on Scott Pearson of Poplar, Wis., who suffered a heart attack in the 2012 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and lived to tell the tale here and a look back 35 years, to the 1978 Grandma’s Marathon, the first covered by the Rink and Run editor here.

Duluthian Kara Goucher, the 2012 USA Half Marathon women’s winner, is making a stop with training partner Shalane Flanagan in Madison, Wis., this week on the way to the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. A fun Twitter photo of Kara and Shalane is here.

Minnesota Duluth athletic director Josh Berlo shows off a new NCHC jersey in a Twitter photo here.

Syracuse Crunch avoids sweep; Grandma’s Marathon may add 2:05 runner

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch avoided being swept out of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series with a 3-2 win Friday night over Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Grand Rapids leads the series 3-1 and Game 5 is Saturday in Grand Rapids.

The Syracuse Post-Standard has a game story here.

The 37th Grandma’s Marathon is one week from Saturday, on June 22. It’s possible the race could feature an Ethiopian runner with a personal best of 2 hours and 5 minutes. The News Tribune has an update here.

Syracuse Crunch loses opener; WCHA meeting in Bemidji; Grandma’s Marathon official numbers

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch opened the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series at home Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd losing 3-1 to Grand Rapids (Mich.). The Syracuse Post-Standard has a game story here.

Presidents and athletic directors from the 10 schools of the revamped WCHA are meeting in Bemidji, Minn., on Sunday and Monday. Jack Hittinger of the Bemidji Pioneer has the details here.

The official entry numbers are out for Grandma’s Marathon weekend of June 21-22.

The figures are slightly ahead of last year, race officials announced Saturday.

A field of 17,402 has registered: 7,338 in the 37th Grandma’s Marathon, a record 7,835 in the 23rd Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, 231 in the USA Half Marathon Championships and a record 1,998 in the 20th William A. Irvin 5-Kilometer run.

In 2012, there were 17,208 entrants.

The numbers reveal that the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon has overtaken Grandma’s Marathon in participants for the first time.

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon has approximately 200 more entrants than in 2012 and 600 more than in 2011.

Grandma’s Marathon continues to face dwindling figures, about 300 fewer entrants than in 2012 and nearly 1,000 fewer than in 2011.

The half marathon distance remains the most popular in the United States with an estimated 1.85 million timed finishers in 2012, a record high. There were 487,000 marathon finishers in the United States in 2012, down slightly from a record 518,000 in 2011.

The William A. Irvin 5K is June 21, while the other three races are June 22.

Scott Keenan retiring from Grandma’s Marathon; JT Brown and Crunch in Calder Cup final; Junior Evaluation Camp; Old Engelstad Arena being demolished

The man behind the success of Grandma’s Marathon the past 37 years, race director Scott Keenan of Duluth, said Friday he’s retiring after the 2013 race on June 22. The News Tribune has an update here.

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse Crunch open the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series Saturday night at home against the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Griffins. Behind the Grand Rapids bench is first-year coach Jeff Blashill, a former Western Michigan coach. Peter Wallner of the Grand Rapids Press has a Blashill feature here.

USA Hockey’s news release this week on the Junior Evaluation Camp invitees, including Minnesota Duluth recruit Dom Toninato, is here.

The old Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., previous home for University of North Dakota hockey, is being demolished. The school has a news release here.

Sharks lose 3-0; NCHC officiating selection detailed; College Hockey Inc. video; Kara Goucher photo gallery

Jim Johnson and the San Jose Sharks lost 3-0 to Los Angeles on Thursday night as the NHL defending champion Kings took a 3-2 Western Conference semifinal series lead. Game 6 is Sunday. A San Jose Mercury News game story is here.

NCHC Director of Hockey Operations Joe Novak is putting together the league’s first group of referees and linesmen. A league news release details the process here.

College Hockey, Inc., has another video installment talking with NHL players about their development in the college game. The 5-minute video includes Adam Burish and Tom Gilbert of Wisconsin, Jay Beagle of Alaska Anchorage and Paul Stastny of Denver, and a reader points out, Mason Raymond about 2:35 into the video here. has put together a photo gallery highlighting the running career of Kara Goucher right here.

College hockey’s top stories of 2012-13; Anchorage coaching search; Dick Beardsley on the benefits of running; Kara Goucher on Boston

Chris Dilks of SB Nation finishes his list of the Top 20 stories in the college game for 2012013, with the top five picks here.

The search for a coach at Alaska Anchorage continues, with all sides of the equation being heard from in a story by Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News here. A coach to replace Dave Shyiak is expected to be named by June 15.

Grandma’s Marathon course recordholder Dick Beardsley talks with ihealthtube about proper marathon training and the benefits of participation here.

Competitor Magazine talked with Kara Goucher about the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings here.

Runner’s World charts the most popular U.S. marathons (by the number of race finishers) since 1972 in a story here.


Boston Marathon a week late; St. Cloud State highlight video; Justin Fontaine; Top college stories from 2012-13

The New York Times looks back one week, to April 15, and those affected at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon in stories and video interviews here.

CBS News talked about marathon security in a Monday CBS This Morning piece here.

Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey is counting down the Top 20 stories in college hockey in 2012-13 and has 16-20 here and 11-15 here.

St. Cloud State has a 3-minute video highlight package from 2012-13 right here.

Michael Russo has blog notes entering Tuesday’s Minnesota Wild vs. LA Kings game, including a thought on why Justin Fontaine of the AHL’s Houston Aeros has not played for the Wild this season here.

Fitger’s 5K course record set Saturday

This news release from Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday’s 24th Fitger’s 5-Kilometer Run and Walk in downtown Duluth, which includes a course record:

(Duluth, Minn.) Joe Moore set a course record and claimed the men’s division title at today’s 24th Fitger’s 5K in downtown Duluth.

Moore, 29, of Minneapolis, won the race in 14 minutes and 53 seconds, topping the previous fastest time (Jeremy Polson, 2002, 15:08) by 15 seconds. He also won the 2012 Park Point 5-Miler and placed 12th at the 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth last June.

Former Minnesota Duluth eight-time Division II All-American Morgan Place, 23, won the women’s crown with a time of 17:53.

A record 1,926 people registered, and an unofficial total of 1,522 finishers (1,420 runners, 102 walkers) completed the 3.1-mile race.

All net proceeds – about $20,000 – from the Fitger’s 5K benefit the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), a Grandma’s Marathon program focused on the promotion and development of youth athletics in the Northland.

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Boston Globe: Alive, Conscious, Captured

The Boston Globe

Hunt for bombing suspect

Bomb suspect in custody after week-long search

Onlookers applauded as Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff in Watertown.

Love this Globe story:

An open Dunkin’ Donuts shop at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street in Dorchester offered a welcome glow during the lock-down.

Dunkin’ Donuts kept the lights on during chaos

At the request of officials, the coffee chain stayed open during the lockdown to aid police and emergency responders.

Anchorage coach search; Herb Brooks honored; Pegula rink; Boston Marathon with Tom Friedman and Leigh Montville

Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News has an update on Alaska Anchorage’s search for a coach to replace the fired Dave Shyiak. Among the four candidates is Chris Brown, 42, a former Anchorage assistant and presently head coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The story is here.

St. Cloud State has a news release on the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn., being renamed for the late Herb Brooks. That release is here and video of Wednesday’s press conference is here.

Penn State enters the Big Ten hockey conference in 2013-14 and opens 6,000-seat Pegula Arena. The school’s website has a virtual tour and there are many similarities to Amsoil Arena. The virtual tour is on YouTube here.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Minnesota native Tom Friedman of the New York Times provides his view of recovering from the Boston Marathon bombings here.

Former Boston Globe columnist Leigh Montville looks at the 2013 Boston Marathon for Sports on Earth here.