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Grandma's Marathon: Wisconsin native Taylor to race in Duluth

Kellyn Taylor, one of the top female marathoners in the United States, is coming to Duluth. The 31-year-old Taylor will compete in the 42nd annual Grandma's Marathon on June 16, two months after historically miserable weather kept her from finish...

Kellyn Taylor, one of the top female marathoners in the United States, is coming to Duluth.

The 31-year-old Taylor will compete in the 42nd annual Grandma's Marathon on June 16, two months after historically miserable weather kept her from finishing the Boston Marathon.

"After a tough race at Boston I have the unique opportunity to utilize the fitness I gained but didn't use during that segment," Taylor said in a Wednesday news release from her team, Hoka Northern Arizona Elite. "The city of Duluth is beautiful and I cannot wait to take the 26.2-mile scenic tour."

Taylor should know a thing or two about the region. Her hometown is Sussex, Wis., about 20 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

Her personal best in the marathon is 2 hours, 28 minutes and 40 seconds, which she produced in her debut at the distance, a sixth-place showing at the 2015 Houston Marathon. If she can get close to that next month along the North Shore, Taylor could become the first American woman to win Grandma's since Mary Akor three-peated from 2007-09.

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In her inaugural New York City Marathon last fall, Taylor, a firefighter, finished eighth in 2:29:56.

In 2016, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in three events - marathon, 10 kilometers and the 5K - with her best result coming in the 10K, where she was fourth to secure the alternate position and just miss the Summer Olympics.

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