Louie St. George
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DULUTH — Runners will do just about anything to get across the finish line. Tim Cernohous took that determination to the extreme Saturday morning. Effectively dead for a brief period of time after collapsing on Canal Park Drive, the 33-year-old Duluthian revived, recovered and completed his seventh consecutive Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.
DULUTH — Compared to last year, when 369 people visited the Grandma's Marathon medical tent, Saturday was a relative breeze — minus the breeze. Dr. Ben Nelson, Grandma's medical director, said the number Saturday was 281. Nelson, then, was able to kick up his feet and relax, right? Not quite. "It didn't feel like that," he said. "The medical crew stayed busy enough. They weren't bored." Heat-related illness was the main reason for attention.
DULUTH — Proper hydration often is cited as a key to any successful long-distance race. It may have cost Geoffrey Bundi a chance to win Grandma's Marathon on a humid Saturday morning. Running side-by-side with two-time defending men's champ Elisha Barno, Bundi followed his fellow Kenyan into a water station just before Lemon Drop Hill, about 22 miles in. Searching frantically, Bundi couldn't find his designated bottle, which contained a sports drink. So he hurried across London Road, to a regular station, and snagged a standard water. Race over.
DULUTH — The Edmund Fitzgerald Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center was full Friday afternoon as Kara Goucher took a leisurely stroll down memory lane, hitting the highlights — plus the lows — of her fairytale running career that gets a restart at this morning's Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Those in the standing- and sitting-room-only crowd no doubt were thinking something along the lines of: Forget conservative — go for the win.
DULUTH — Michael Rieker knows the question is coming. Whenever the 41-year-old tries to explain — or, maybe, rationalize — that he travels the country helping strangers reach their running goals, the next query is about as inevitable as pre-race Porta Potty visits. "Why?" they ask Rieker. The Peoria, Ill., resident is a member of the CLIF Pace Team, where his dominant concern is leading a pack of runners across the finish line in a predetermined time. Rieker will be in Duluth this weekend for his "fifth or sixth" Grandma's Marathon.
Grandma's Marathon is going to need a new banner to commemorate the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon men's course record-holder — none other than American superstar Meb Keflezighi, one of the most recognizable faces in distance running. Keflezighi finished the 2013 Bjorklund, which doubled as the USA Half Marathon Championships, in 1 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds, good for second place behind Mo Trafeh, who covered 13.1 miles in 1:01:17. But Trafeh in 2014 was caught with a banned substance — he said it was EPO — by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and promptly retired.
Harry Cottrell was 8 years old when he watched a newsreel of Roger Bannister running the first sub-four-minute mile. Cottrell was captivated. Emboldened by the innocence of youth, he confidently decided, "that's what I'm gonna do."
HERMANTOWN, Minn. — Earlier this month, before departing on a two-week vacation to Florida, Bruce Plante said he was leaning toward stepping down as Hermantown's boys hockey coach. Plante, though, had to make sure he was all-in on retirement. "It's a really big decision for me," he said then. "It's tough. Once you do it, you're out. You don't get to get the team back. You never get to go back. You have to be ready. I knew when I was ready (to retire from) baseball and I knew when I was ready to retire from teaching, but I'm still a little iffy."
MINNEAPOLIS — North Woods sophomore Cade Goggleye etched his name into boys basketball state tournament lore this evening by banking home a half-court shot at the buzzer to lift North Woods to a wild 54-51 win over Central Minnesota Christian in the Class A quarterfinals at Williams Arena.
PAUL — There’s something about Hermantown hockey players making snow angels on the Xcel Energy Center ice. Saturday afternoon, it was Dylan Samberg’s turn to go gliding, arms flapping, gloves and helmets whistling through the air above him. The Hawks senior defenseman had just ended a heart-stopping affair vs. Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake to cap an unforgettable Class A boys hockey tournament the same way last year’s finished — with Hermantown on top.