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Goucher to run half marathon

Former Duluth East runner Kara Goucher of Boulder, Colo., announced Monday via Twitter that her return to running will be in Sunday’s Rock n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.

The U.S. Olympian has missed time with stress fractures in her foot, sacrum and pelvis. Goucher earlier announced that she would resume marathon running either in Chicago in October or in New York in November.

Minnesota Mile registration opens

Registration is open for the eighth annual Grandma’s Minnesota Mile road race in downtown Duluth. This one-mile event on Sunday, Sept. 7 is open to those of all skill levels.

The Minnesota Mile offers runners an opportunity to secure a spot in next year’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, as 250 finishers will be randomly selected to receive guaranteed entries into the 2015 event.

Registration for all divisions is conducted online at The pre-registration entry fee is $20 and late registration (Sept. 6-7) is $30. The first 450 paid pre-registered entrants will receive a complimentary pair of Fitsok performance socks.

The race begins one block east of Fitger’s on Superior Street and finishes near the Holiday Center. The Minnesota Mile is the sixth and last stop on the 2014 Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour.


Helstrom reaches match-play quarters

Former Hibbing High School golfer Ashli Helstrom won twice Monday in the Minnesota Women’s Golf Association Match Play Championship at Minneapolis Golf Club to advance to today’s quarterfinals.

Helstrom, who played golf at the University of Montana, defeated Lilia Isabelle Everson 7 and 6 in the first round and downed Lauren Johnson 6 and 4 in the second round.

Helstrom will meet Anna Laorr in today’s morning quarterfinals, with the winner advancing to play either Olivia Herrick or Brenna Lervick in the afternoon semis.

Duluth East graduate Tabitha Kunst lost 5 and 3 to Hailey Boner in the opening round.


Flessert to compete in World Masters

Amy Flessert of Superior and the Northland Masters Swim Club will compete in four events between Aug. 4-9 at the 15th annual International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Masters Championships in Montreal.

Flessert, 30, competing in the women’s 30-34-year-old division, qualified for the 200-meter breaststroke race, the 200 freestyle, the 200 breaststroke and the 400 freestyle last August. She is ranked     No. 26 overall in the 200 breaststroke.

To participate in the FINA World Masters Championships, competitors must post a qualifying time within a year of the championships at a FINA sanctioned meet. Racers are limited to entering a maximum of five individual events and four relays, but no more than two individual events per day.