Melissa Gacek was the leading White Bear Lake area runner at Grandma’s Marathon June 19.

Gacek, 45, finished the 26.2 mile jaunt from Two Harbors to Duluth in two hours, 59 minutes and 19 seconds, placing second of 111 women in the 45-49 division, 44th of 1,257 women, and 219th of 2,776 overall.

Other White Bear Lake finishers were Christopher Ward, 41, in 3:54:25; Bailey Anderson (female), 25, in 4:00.16; and Cynthia Stevenson, 38, in 4:28.20.

Mahtomedi finishers were Melissa Malinowski, 48, in 3:47.14 and Sterling Black, 50, in 4:12.41. Tom Soukup, 38, of Grant, finished in 4:50.35.

The overall winner was Milton Rotich, 35, of Kenya, in 2:13:04. Leading the women was Dakota Lindwurm, 26, of Eagan, in 2:29:04.

Grandma’s has been held every year since 1977, except in 2020 due to the pandemic. The race returned this year with less than half the usual entrants, with 2,776 finishing. In recent years Grandma’s has had between 6,000 and 6,500 finishers.


— Bruce Strand

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