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Course records fall at Grandma's Minnesota Mile

Runners shattered the course records this morning during the seventh annual Grandma's Minnesota Mile on Superior Street in downtown Duluth. Ben Blankenship, 24, of Stillwater, Minn., won the men's race in 3 minutes, 52.7 seconds - edging two-time...

Runners shattered the course records this morning during the seventh annual Grandma's Minnesota Mile on Superior Street in downtown Duluth.

Ben Blankenship, 24, of Stillwater, Minn., won the men's race in 3 minutes, 52.7 seconds - edging two-time defending champion Craig Miller, 26, of Boulder, Colo., by just four-tenths of a second.

On a cool morning with the wind at their backs, Blankenship, Miller and the next five runners all finished ahead of the previous men's course record of 3:58.18.

In the women's Minnesota Mile, Gabriele Anderson, 27, of Minneapolis won in 4:21.3, beating defending champion Heather Kampf, 26, of Minneapolis by 5.8 seconds.

Anderson and Kampf both finished ahead of the previous women's record, 4:35.6.

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Blankenship and Anderson each received $3,000 for the win.

The morning of racing on Superior Street featured the Minnesota Mile for elite runners, the Duluth Mile for semi-elite runners, the All City Mile for recreational runners and the Verizon Kids Mile. In total, 571 competitors registered for the runs from near Fitger's to Fourth Avenue West.

Other winners included:

  • Duluth Mile men: Aaron Gorman, 24, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 4:34
  • Duluth Mile women: Kailee Kiminski, 17, Esko, 5:22
  • All City Mile men: Ethan Skelton, 25, Duluth, 5:02
  • All City Mile women: Lisa Hirsch, 31, Duluth, 5:39
  • Verizon Kids Mile boys: John Schwinghamer, 14, Mora, Minn., 5:18
  • Verizon Kids Mile girls: Kelly Lorenz, 12, Carlton, 6:19 Check back for more coverage, photos and video later today.

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