Grandma's Marathon was back to full strength on Saturday, June 18. After switching to a virtual event in 2020 and running with a limited field in 2021, the event was back to its full capacity in 2022. And Mother Nature welcomed runners back with a glorious day.

Thirteen Owatonna runners completed the 26.2 miles from Two Harbors to Duluth along the North Shore. In several cases, it was a family affair. Overall, nearly 6,000 completed the full marathon.

The official Grandma's Marathon website lists the following Owatonna-area finishers for the full marathon. See the official results here.

  • Caitlin Bartsch, Owatonna
  • Jennifer Cashman, Blooming Prairie
  • Michael Cashman, Blooming Prairie
  • Kristin Haberman, Owatonna
  • Patrick Haberman, Owatonna
  • Jody Hugley, Owatonna
  • Tim Hugley, Owatonna
  • Calli Mae, Owatonna
  • Jeff Marks, Owatonna
  • Tia Marks, Owatonna
  • Alexander Mueller, Medford
  • Christopher Plasek, Owatonna
  • Jerry Redman, Owatonna
  • Michelle Redman, Owatonna
  • Wendy Schultz, New Richland
  • Tara Seykora, Owatonna
  • Jodie Smith, Owatonna

Plenty of area runners took part in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. How many of your neighbors are listed below?

  • Kari Bottin, Blooming Prairie
  • Justin Brown, Owatonna
  • Brian Bunkers, Owatonna
  • Anna Cox, Owatonna
  • Amanda Daniels, Owatonna
  • Jonathan Demars, Owatonna
  • Kris Feichtinger, Owatonna
  • Amy Filzen, Owatonna
  • Beth Fink, Owatonna
  • Molly Frandle, Owatonna
  • Scott Gedde, Owatonna
  • Michael Haberman, Owatonna
  • Janice Hager, Medford
  • Laurie Hager, Medford
  • Rick Hager, Medford
  • Brianna Johnson, Owatonna
  • Shannon Koster, Blooming Prairie
  • Amy Kremmin, Owatonna
  • Riana Kubat, Owatonna
  • Cory Monson, Blooming Prairie
  • Lynn Olson, Owatonna
  • Julie Quinn, Medford
  • Emily Rahrick, Owatonna
  • Dan Rhoades, Ellendale
  • Laura Stevenson, Owatonna
  • Lindsay Thompson, Owatonna
  • Neil Thompson, Owatonna
  • Paige Thompson, Owatonna
  • Molly Titchenal, Owatonna
  • Gary Walter, Owatonna
  • Cindy Warren, Owatonna
  • Megan Wimer, Owatonna
  • Jaci Zulk, Owatonna
  • Jeff Zulk, Owatonna

I hope I didn't miss any of the local and Steele County runners. You can find the full official results here. Congratulations to all the runners, even those that may have entered but did not finish. (Everyone needs a DNF at some point.) There were over 7,000 finishers of the Half Marathon. The weekend featured 4K and 5K races as well.

The course is described as gently rolling without any knee-jarring hills. I've heard there is a feeling of solitude to the run, at least the full marathon, with long stretches without many spectators along the course. That would differ greatly from the Twin Cities Marathon. Crowds offer enthusiastic encouragement nearly every step of the way for that October event.

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