Kenya’s Hellen Jepkurgat won the 41st edition of Grandma’s Marathon that was held on Saturday (17) in Duluth Minnesota.
The 36 year old who was debuting cut the tape in 2:32.09 and was closely followed by Ethiopia’s Askale Merachi who crossed the line in 2:32.25.
Jepkurgat is self-coached and has no training partners, yet has now won two marathons in 2017, including the Los Angeles Marathon in 2:34:23.
“ I was tired because of humid and a lot of sun, I wasn’t expecting the weather to be like that but my body responded well and am happy I won,” said Jepkurgat
Third place went to 30 year old Ethiopian, Serkalem Abrha who closed the podium finish with 2:34.08
The top American was Lindsey Scherf, 30, who finished in fifth with 2:35:02.
Three-time Grandma’s Marathon women’s champion Mary Akor, 40, was 11th in 2:53:34 as the 40 and older champion.
East African women have won eight straight Grandmas Marathon championships.
The race participants were 6,695 with Jepkurgat pocketing a cool $ 11,500.