Twin Cities runner, and her coach, win 51st running of Park Point 5-Miler
Andrea Haus won her debut at the Park Point 5-Miler on Thursday in Duluth while her coach, Daniel Docherty of St. Paul, won for the second time.
When Daniel Docherty of St. Paul won his debut at the Park Point 5-Miler five years ago, he nearly broke the race record set by Steve Hoag in 1975.
On Thursday, Docherty was back running on Park Point in Duluth for the first time since his 2017 victory, and while he didn’t threaten Hoag’s record, Docherty did cross the finish line first once again, winning the 51st running of the 5-Miler in 24 minutes, 41 seconds.
“I felt good early on, but then it was a grind,” said Docherty, 32, who won in 2017 in 24:24, 8 seconds shy of the record. “The second half we had the wind in our face. I definitely had to pull from the crowd to get me home.”
Andrea Haus — who has been coached by Docherty for the last year — was the women’s champion with a time of 29:02. A native of Earlham, Iowa, who now lives in St. Paul, this was Haus’ first time running the Park Point 5-Miler.
Haus, 29, said she came into Thursday’s race with no expectations after a long week at work and some fatigue from running the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon — her first ever half marathon and first race in Duluth — four weeks ago.
“I wasn’t worried about it, I came in stress-free,” said Haus, who is part of the Mill City Running team in the Twin Cities. “It was pretty fun. I had great teammates. I had three teammates that I was running with most of the race, and then friends from other teams, too.”
Haus finished 30th in the Bjorklund last month with a time of 1:20:35. Docherty was 28th in Grandma’s Marathon in 2:17:07.
Like that Saturday in June, the weather was perfect for running on Park Point on Thursday evening with cloudy skies and the temperature dipping just below 60 at the start of the race.
“This is a great race, great community up here,” Docherty said. “And it was 85 driving (from the Twin Cities) and then it's like 55 here, so it's just amazing for racing. It is perfect for running.”
And like Saturday of Grandma’s Marathon weekend, there were plenty of spectators lining the street, which Haus said provided her the necessary boost throughout.
“I was surprised by the number of fans that were out actually, I didn't think that there would be so many on the course,” said Haus, who also praised another perfect day of running weather in Duluth. “The sprinklers on the course were fun, too — a nice shock to the system when you ran under them.”
51st Park Point 5-Miler Results
1. Daniel Docherty, 24:41; 2. Matt Welch, 25:03; 3. Chris Gill, 25:12; 4. Scott Behlin, 25:17; 5. John Curley, 25:53; 6. Jack Hesse-Withbroe, 26:04; 7. Justin Furcich, 26:06; 8. Evan Walpole, 26:12; 9. Troy Koivisto, 26:22; 10. Kyle Larson, 26:40.
1. Andrea Haus, 29:02; 2. Julie Nielsen, 29:16; 3. Erin Wetzstein, 29:20; 4. Maggie Bowman, 29:36; 5. Sasha Gallagher, 29:41; 6. Marit Ross-Sonnesyn, 29:47; 7. Jillian Tholen, 30:08; 8. Chelsey Youngberg, 31:00; 9. Bethany Kozak, 31:44; 10. Alyssa Nash, 31:49