The field for Grandma's Marathon weekend just keeps getting stronger.
The latest addition to an already rock-star lineup is Jordan Hasay, one of the top distance runners among U.S. women. While finishing third at Boston in 2017, Hasay crushed the record for fastest marathon debut by an American woman - held previously by Duluth East's own Kara Goucher. Hasay covered her first 26.2-miler in 2 hours and 23 minutes, nearly three minutes faster than Goucher's 2:25:53.
Later in 2017, at the Chicago Marathon, Hasay ran a 2:20:57, which is the second-fastest ever for an American woman, behind Deena Kastor's 2:19:36.
In June, two months after again finishing third at Boston, the 27-year-old Hasay will compete in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Her personal best over 13.1 miles is 1:07:55. That means another Goucher record could be in jeopardy. In 2012, Goucher unleashed a 1:09:46 to win the Bjorklund.
Hasay will join a fast cast in Duluth that includes four-time defending marathon champ Elisha Barno; course record-holder Dominic Ondoro; Sarah Kiptoo, a two-time winner who still holds the women's course record a year after Kellyn Taylor set an "event record" on a Grandma's route altered by construction along Superior Street downtown.
Grandma's Marathon is June 22.