Kenyan Runner Breaks 33-Year Old Record at Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota

(KSTP) — A 33-year record for Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth was broken Saturday morning.

Dominic Ondoro, a native of Kenya, won the men’s division with an unofficial time of 2:09:06. The 26-year old broke the record Dick Beardsley set at 2:09:37 in 1981.

“I was so happy and it made me excited and I was so happy,” Ondoro told KSTP’s sister station WDIO.

The event is in its 38th year. Beardsley was happy to be on hand to help Ondoro celebrate.

“It stood a long time and I have said this for 20-plus years, someday it will be broken and I want to be one of the first people to congratulate that person and I was able to do that and that was pretty neat and pretty special for me,” said Beardsley.

Kenya’s Pasca Myers was crowned the women’s champion with an unofficial time of 2:33:43. In the men’s half marathon, Julius Koskei of Kenya won with an unofficial time of 1:03:36.

Cynthia Limo, also of Kenya, finished first in the women’s half marathon, with an unofficial time of 1:09:50.

The top finishers in the wheelchair division were Gyudae Kim in men’s and Susannah Scaroni in women’s.

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