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Posted: June 10, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Rudy Perpich Public Service Award Recipients Announced

(Duluth, Minn.) Grandma's Marathon has announced the recipients of the 2009 Rudy Perpich Public Service Award. Jim Miles, a Minnesota Department of Transportation assistant traffic engineer, Sharon Montgomery, a Duluth police officer, and Doug Nelson, a City of Duluth maintenance operations supervisor, will be recognized for their contributions to Grandma's Marathon at an award ceremony and breakfast on Thursday, June 18 at 7 a.m. at Duluth's Radisson Hotel.

In 2006, Grandma's Marathon created the Rudy Perpich Public Service Award to recognize the many current or former public employees and elected officials who have exhibited dedication and service to the event.

A selection committee chose the 2009 recipients from nominations submitted by area municipalities and the general public. The award, named after the late Minnesota governor who was a large supporter of the annual event, is given annually to up to three current or former public employees or elected officials.

The 4th annual Rudy Perpich Public Service Award Breakfast is the first of many events being held during Grandma's Marathon weekend. The SMDC Health System Health and Fitness Expo begins at 5 p.m. on June 18 and continues all day on Friday, June 19. Other Friday events include the Michelina's All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner, the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids, guest speaking presentations, the William A. Irvin 5K and live musical entertainment.

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and Grandma's Marathon are Saturday, June 20. For more information, visit or call (218) 727-0947.

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