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PHOTOS: 2017 Grandma's Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

Runners take off on the course at the start of Grandmas Marathon Saturday morning. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com1 / 57
Elite runners set their watches as they take off on the course at the start of Grandmas Marathon Saturday morning. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com2 / 57
Elite runners focus moments before the start of Grandmas Marathon. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com3 / 57
"Kevin Garnett" runs the full Grandmas Marathon while juggling and bouncing a basketball. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com4 / 57
Thousands of marathon runners line up at the biffies before the start of Grandmas Marathon. Bob King /rking@duluthnews.com5 / 57
Wheelchair racers take off at the start of Grandmas Marathon Saturday morning. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com6 / 57
Duluth community belly dancers perform for Grandma's Marathon runners on Superior Street downtown Saturday afternoon. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com7 / 57
Andy McNamara of Goodhue, Minn. squeezes a soaked sponge on his head to cool off during Grandma's Marathon. He was at 5th Avenue West and Superior Street, not far from the finish. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com8 / 57
Marissa Thomas of Boston holds a sign reading "If you run really fast I hear your student loans disappear." Her husband, who is in graduate school, was running Grandma's Marathon. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com9 / 57
Erin Harris (center) is surrounded by her daughters (from left) Margo, 4; Isla, 6 and Sawyer, 8, as they applaud runners passing by on Superior Street running Grandma's Marathon. They family was waiting for dad Mark to come by. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com 10 / 57
Tracey Gibbens, director of the Proctor Community Band, dips low during a quiet passage of "Charter Oak." The band performed on downtown Superior Street near the Holiday Mall for Grandma's Marathon Saturday. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com11 / 57
Runners, including Greta Stults of Arlington, Virginia, reach for sponges and water from volunteers stationed near Superior Street and 4th Avenue West. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com12 / 57
Don Zastrow of Madison, Wis. stretches his legs before the start of Grandmas Marathon. It was his 25th Grandma's. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com13 / 57
Runners begin the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Saturday morning. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com14 / 57
Ethan Mackey goes down on one knee to propose to Ellen Heine just past the halfway point of Grandma’s Marathon Saturday. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com15 / 57
Runners begin the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon along Lake Superior Saturday morning. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com16 / 57
Milton Rotich (bib 2) leads the front runners near the halfway point of Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday. Rotich finished in fifth place; Elisha Bundi (bib 1, left) won the race. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com17 / 57
Joshua Pilkington of Centennial, Colo., dumps water over his head at the halfway point of Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com18 / 57
Juan Ram N Valladares Hern Ndez leads a tight group of six wheelchairs racers near the halfway point of Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday. He finished the race in third place. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com19 / 57
Morgens Leis, 4, (from left), Junes Schmid, 5, and Elizabeth Schmid, 7, fill water cups at the mile 13 checkpoint before the Grandma’s Marathon races arrive Saturday morning. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com20 / 57
Allison Katzaman (from left), Kara Pounder, Rachel Hansen and Sherri LaGood take sponges from a large bag and place them in a water-filler pail at the mile 13 checkpoint before the Grandma’s Marathon races arrive Saturday morning. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com21 / 57
Steve Lukovsky carries a roll of fence used near the start of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Saturday morning. Lukovsky was part of the crew who took down the entire starting area before the Grandma’s Marathon runners reached the spot. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com22 / 57
Wyatt Andersen shows his support for sister-in-law Colleen Gadel, who ran in Saturday’s Grandma’s Marathon. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com23 / 57
Christopher Kipyego of Kenya sticks out his tongue at the finish line of Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)24 / 57
Tim Cernohous of Duluth is helped to the finish line of Garry Bjorklund Marathon after experiencing a significant medical event on the course Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)25 / 57
Deb Dearmond (left) of Duluth and Karen Otkin of Sartell, Minn run hand in hand near the finish of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)26 / 57
Jason Thomas of Ames, Iowa is not feeling well at the finish line of Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)27 / 57
Hellen Jepkurgat of Grand Prairie, Texas raises her hands in celebration at the finish line of Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. Jepkurgat was the winner of the women's race with a time of 2:32:09 (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)28 / 57
Bjorn Saterbak of Hudson, Wis celebrates at the finish line of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)29 / 57
Leah Hulst cheers for runners dressed as Grandma at the finish line of Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)30 / 57
Brittani Hogenson of Detroit Lakes, Minn. celebrates at the finish line of Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)31 / 57
John Henrich of Plymouth, Minn. shotguns a can of beer at the finish line of Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)32 / 57
John Henrich of Plymouth, Minn. shotguns a can of beer at the finish line of Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)33 / 57
Finishers medals wait for runners at the finish line of Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)34 / 57
Jayson Bass of Avon Park, Fla., naps in the shade at the finish line of Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)35 / 57
Joshua George (left) pursues Aaron Pike at the finish line of Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. Pike was the overall winner of the wheelchair division with a time of 1:29:02 (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)36 / 57
Susannah Scaroni (left) pursues Amanda McGrory at the finish line of Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. McGrory won the women's race with a time of 1:40:42 (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)37 / 57
Evans Kurui celebrates at the finish line of Garry Bjorklund Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. Kurui won the race with a time of 1:03:05 (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)38 / 57
Biruktayit Degefa celebrates at the finish line of Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. Degefa won the women's race with a time of 1:11:25 (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)39 / 57
Duluth native Kara Goucher celebrates at the finish line of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. Goucher finished fifth with a time of 1:15:12 (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)40 / 57
Elisha Barno approaches the finish line of Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. Barno won with at time of 2:12:06 (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)41 / 57
Elisha Barno celebrates at the finish line of Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. Barno won with at time of 2:12:06 (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)42 / 57
Jitterbug Pierce congratulates Kara Goucher at the finish line of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)43 / 57
Cody Sedbrook of Duluth approaches the finish line of Garry Bjorklund Marathon Saturday morning in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)44 / 57
Fidel Arnoldo Aguilar Zepeda races down London Road during Grandma's Marathon wheelchair race on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Zepeda finished 14th overall in the wheelchair race. Mike Krebs \ mkrebs@duluthnews.com45 / 57
Chad Johnson races down London Road during the Grandma's Marathon Wheelchair Race on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Johnson finished 23rd overall in the wheelchair race. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com46 / 57
Elite runners' water bottles sit on a table along London Road during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com47 / 57
Geoffrey Bundi and Elisha Barno race down London Road during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Bundi finsihed second overall and Barno finished first. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com48 / 57
Gianna Hansen, 9 balances a water cup on her head while handing out water during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com49 / 57
Bret Fransen runs after dumping water on his face during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.combib #2550 / 57
From left, Lucas Kassing, 6, Connor Martinson, 5, and Addison Kassing,4, watch runners during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com51 / 57
Matthew Perkett of Broomfield, Colorado (right, in green) makes his way up Lemon Drop Hill during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com52 / 57
Mark Heider points to cheering spectators while making his way up Lemon Drop Hill during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com53 / 57
The Anonymous Pipers play as runners make their way up Lemon Drop Hill during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com54 / 57
From left, Kristen Feighan, Ethan Scheuring and Shelby Schuhmacher cheer on Molly Kungel during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com55 / 57
Runners make their way up Lemon Drop Hill during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com56 / 57
Runners make their way up Lemon Drop Hill during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike Krebs / mkrebs@duluthnews.com57 / 57

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