Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Sarah Kiptoo of Kenya shattered her own personal record en route to breaking the women's course record in the 37th Annual Grandma's Marathon on a cold, rainy Saturday morning.
Kiptoo shaved over seven minutes off her personal best, finishing with a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 32 seconds.
Although it was her last race of the season, Kiptoo said it was her favorite marathon thus far.
"“I see all of the marathons I have done, this one is the best," Kiptoo said. "I enjoyed the course; I enjoyed the weather, everything, and everybody in the way cheering. I just felt good."
Doreen Kitaka was the runner-up at 2:30.21 while Everlyne Lagat was the third place finisher at 2:33.27.
In the men's action, Baza Worku, the 22-year-old Ethiopian, came in the top at 2:11.14, nearly two minutes behind Dick Beardsley's mark set 1981.
Worku said he was confident throughout the race that he was going to take the crown, but the weather slowed him from breaking the record.
“From the beginning, the wind combined with the cold weather was very harsh," Worku said through a translator. "When I broke out of the pack, there was no competition so there was no one to keep me motivated so that hurt my chances.”
Ernest Kebenei took home the silver at 2:11.46, and Eliud Ngetich was the third place finisher at 2:12.00.
Posted by Sarah Wheeler