Grandma's Marathon Entry Fee Increases Friday

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(Duluth, Minn.) Runners registering for the 35th Grandma's Marathon field have until Thursday to enter the race at a reduced cost. Beginning April 1, the current entry fee of $90 increases to $100.  

The race will accept entries for the annual Two Harbors-to-Duluth event through June 1, or until the 10,000-runner limit is reached – more than 6,900 have entered thus far. Registration for the June 18 race is available exclusively online at   “

This was the first time we utilized a true tiered pricing structure for marathon registration and we are very pleased with how well it has worked. We are well ahead of where we were a year ago and we are looking forward to our 35th marathon celebration,” said Scott Keenan, executive director of Grandma’s Marathon.  

Among the festivities planned for the milestone event is a reunion for the North Shore Striders – the Twin Ports’ running club which hosted the inaugural race in 1977. Also, all marathon participants will receive a commemorative Grandma's Marathon cinch bag and an aluminum water bottle.  

The 35th Grandma's Marathon weekend also features the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K. While registration for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is closed, the William A. Irvin 5K has about 200 spots remaining for the June 17 race.  

For more information on any of Grandma's Marathon’s races or events, visit  

2011 Grandma’s Marathon Online Registration Schedule
Grandma's Marathon (Limited to the first 10,000 entrants)
Registration Open Through June 1  

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (5,700 entrants selected via lottery)
Registration Closed  

William A. Irvin 5K (Limited to the first 1,700 entrants)
Registration Open – 200 spots remain

Gomez, Cook Win Second Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon

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DALLAS - (March 27, 2011) - Cool, overcast skies greeted nearly 14,000 entrants for the second Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon on Sunday morning. Amongst the largest half-marathon field in Dallas history was NFL legend Troy Aikman, the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Aikman, who completed the half-marathon in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 11 seconds, was inspired by his personal connection to the event's charitable tie with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

Largest Single Half Marathon Prize in U.S. History Announced

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(March 24, 2011) US Road Sports & Entertainment Group (USRS) announced the largest single half marathon prize in U.S. history. USRS will award $100,000 to the winner of any 13.1 Marathon® Series race whose winning time breaks the World Half Marathon Record.

Additionally, USRS will award $50,000 to any U.S. citizen who wins any 13.1 Marathon® Series race and whose winning time breaks the U.S. Half Marathon Record.

The first race for this reward will be the 13.1® New York on April 2, 2011.

Geneti Shatters Record at Honda LA Marathon

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LOS ANGELES - (March 20, 2011) - At the 26th Honda LA Marathon on a rainy, windy Sunday morning, Markos Geneti of Ethiopia produced a debut victory, despite the inclement weather, with his 2 hour, 6 minute, 35 second impressive performance, shattering the event record by nearly two minutes and running the fastest marathon ever in California. Countrywoman Buzunesh Deba pulled away in the final miles from debutante Amy Hastings of Mammoth Lakes, Calif. to capture the women's crown in 2:26:34 to 2:27:03.

The event also featured the 8th Marathon Challenge, a gender competition in which the professional women had a 17 minute, 3 second headstart on the field. Geneti, 26, ended the Challenge the earliest in race history as he caught the leading women around mile 20 and earned a $100,000 bonus. The men and women are now tied 4-4 in this competition. Both race champions also won $25,000 and a 2011 Honda Insight EX sedan.

The women's race was a tight affair between Deba, Hastings and Mare Dibaba, also of Ethiopia, as the trio rattled off 5:40 miles over most of the Stadium to Sea course before Deba, 23, gapped Hastings during mile 24. Hastings, 27, who had battled back several times in the latter stages of the race, ran the third fastest U.S. women's marathon debut all-time and she is now the 8th fastest U.S. woman for 26.2 miles.

For the men, Geneti and Nicholas Kamakya of Kenya took control of the race at mile 8 and worked together to pull away from the field with a series of sub-4:50 miles. At mile 16, Geneti surged and went after the lead women and the $100,000 bonus. He was on pace to break the debut record of 2:05:50 by Evans Rutto of Kenya from Chicago in 2003, but a side stitch at mile 24 prevented that opportunity. Geneti's 2:06:35 is sixth fastest debut marathon of all-time and the second fastest marathon to-date this year.

Kamakya was the men's runner-up in 2:09:26, while Miguel Nuci of Turlock, Calif. was the top U.S. male finisher in 2:18:33, good for 8th overall. Two-time defending race champion and previous event record holder Wesley Korir finished fourth (2:13:23).

Out of more than 23,500 entrants, nearly 19,000 finished the 26th edition that started at Dodger Stadium and finished near the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica.


1) Markos Geneti (ETH), 2:06:35*, $125,000# plus 2011 Honda Insight EX sedan (MSRP: $23,100)

2) Nicholas Kamakya (KEN), 2:09:26, $12,500

3) Laban Moiben (KEN), 2:13:12, $10,000

4) Wesley Korir (KEN), 2:13:23, $5000

5) Jason Gutierrez (COL), 2:13:24, $2500

*event record (previous record, 2:08:24, Wesley Korir, 2009) and fastest marathon time in California

#includes $100,000 Marathon Challenge bonus


1) Buzunesh Deba (ETH), 2:26:34, $25,000 plus 2011 Honda Insight EX sedan (MSRP: $23,100)

2) Amy Hastings (USA / AZ), 2:27:03, $12,500

3) Mare Dibaba (ETH), 2:30:25, $10,000

4) Diane Nukuri (BDI), 2:33:47, $5000

5) Iulia Arkhipova (KGZ), 2:33:35, $2500

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