(DULUTH, MINN.) --- It was familiar faces doing familiar things at the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon, as Dominic Ondoro and Dakotah Lindwurm once again left with the men’s and women’s championships, respectively.
For Ondoro, who broke Dick Beardsley’s longstanding event record in 2014 for his first win in Duluth, it was his first competitive race since 2019. After saying before the race that he was unsure about his fitness, Ondoro ran a time of 2:09:34 that is now second-best all-time among men at Grandma’s Marathon behind only his record performance of 2:09:06 in 2014.
Kenyans took each of the top four spots on Saturday morning, with Ondoro followed by Sammy Rotich, James Ngandu, Elisha Barno. The win for Ondoro also extends the winning streak of Kenyan men at Grandma’s Marathon to eight, dating back to his first victory in 2014.
Lindwurm, meanwhile, smiled her way to second straight Grandma’s Marathon victory and nearly set a course record in the process. Already the first Minnesotan to win since Janice Ettle in 1991, Lindwurm now is the first woman to win back-to-back Grandma’s Marathon championships since Mary Akor won three in a row from 2007-09.
Asked if she’ll be back to try for a third title, Lindwurm said after the race she’ll not only be back, she’ll be back to go after the course record. Her time of 2:25:01 on Saturday was just 33 seconds off the pace set by Kellyn Taylor in 2018.
In total, there were 5,952 finishers of the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon. Full results from the race can be found on MTEC Results.
Pike, Scaroni return to Duluth and beat own event records at 2022 Grandma’s Marathon
(DULUTH, MINN.) --- Aaron Pike and Susannah Scaroni both already owned event records before the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon wheelchair race began, but both now have strengthened their hold on that claim to fame after outstanding performances on Saturday morning.
Pike outlasted defending champion JohnBoy Smith to win his fourth career Grandma’s Marathon title, finishing just three seconds ahead in a time of 1:20:02. That time is nearly a minute faster than Pike’s old event record of 1:20:59, which he set in 2019.
Pike also breaks a three-way tie with Josh George and Krige Schabort for career championships, and he now sits behind only Paul van Winkel (8) and Saul Mendoza (7) with four.
Even as a runner-up, Smith set a new personal record and actually a new record for British wheelchair racers, beating the old mark by more than five minutes.
Scaroni, meanwhile, posted a blistering time of 1:27:31 that obliterated by more than three minutes her old event record of 1:30:42, set in 2019. The time is actually a new world best, beating Manuela Schar’s time of 1:28:17 in the 2017 Boston Marathon, but won’t be certified as a new world record because the Grandma’s Marathon course is point-to-point with an elevation drop above the allowed standard.
Scaroni beat out runner-up Jenna Fesemyer, who finished second in a time of 1:33:50.
Full results of the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon wheelchair division can be found on MTEC Results.
ABOUT GRANDMA’S MARATHON
Grandma’s Marathon began in 1977 when a group of local runners planned a scenic road race from Two Harbors to Duluth, Minnesota. There were just 150 participants that year, but organizers knew they had discovered something special. Grandma’s Marathon weekend draws approximately 20,000 participants for its three-race event each June.
The race got its name from the Duluth-based group of famous Grandma’s Restaurants, the first major sponsor of the Marathon. Over time, the level of sponsorship with the restaurants changed, but the name stayed the same. Grandma’s Marathon-Duluth, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization with a 17-member Board of Directors and a nine-person, full-time staff.
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