Runners Strives For Personal Best at 37th Annual Grandma's Marathon

By KBJR News 1

June 22, 2013 Updated Jun 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Many came from near and far to test their endurance for the 37th Annual Grandma's Marathon, some for the first time.

"This is my first time in Minnesota," said 1st time Grandma's Marathoner Wallace Campbell.

Campbell came all the way from South Carolina as a qualifier for USA Half Marathon Championship. Even though he didn't win, he broke a personal record with a time of 1hour and 6 minutes.

"Time was a big PR for me so I'm happy with that. But yeah definitely happy with today," said Campbell after finishing the race.

Another runner was also hoping to break his own personal record.

"This will be my 203 marathon and if I run under three hours today, I'll have 200 Marathon's under three hours," said Doug Kurtis of Livonia, Michigan.

The 61-year-old Michigan man has been running 70 miles a week to prepare for the race, but he came up a little short of his goal.

"After 20 I was still there, but the last four I kinda ran out of gas," said Kurtis. "I felt alright by I knew I wasn't going to break three hours so mentally I kind of gave up a little bit. But you know what, I did the best I could. I finished.