|At Grandma's 2012 with Elizabeth and Michelle. We missed the start for the 5K, so we had beer instead!|
The decision to return to Grandma’s was mainly because of what worked well on Scot’s calendar, in relation to other states he needed to finish up, and also because it’s a well-managed race that draws a lot of Marathon Maniacs and 50 States Marathon Club members.
Magenta the Road Trip Flamingo at the Minnesota state house
Our first stop in Duluth was the expo, where we saw lots of folks we know, and where Abbi and I made multiple stops at the wine booth. After spending too much time at the expo, we headed over to Grandma’s Saloon (original sponsor of the marathon) for a pre-race dinner and celebration of Scot’s 50th state.
|I think Scot liked the cake, and he made sure everyone in the restaurant helped us eat the leftovers!|
|A great group of Maniacs at our pre-race dinner for Scot; some others came later for the celebration|
|Maniacs on the train (plus an innocent non-crazy marathoner in the white jacket)|
|The train we took from downtown Duluth to the start in Two Harbors|
The start area was a zoo, which I recalled from 2012. We didn’t find the official Maniac pre-start pic, so we took some of our own.
|We missed the official Maniac pic, so we made our own|
|Nilda and Scot at the start|
|With joggler Barry at the start|
I thought the marathon was fun. I did not have a time goal, so at times I slowed down or sped up to run with friends. My injuries did not hold me back, and I was feeling good. Unfortunately, the weather was extremely foggy and we couldn’t see the scenic views as we ran for nearly 19 miles along Lake Superior. So, instead of scenery, we just made our own fun. I didn’t see Scot between the start and finish, but at various times I ran with various friends, and apparently I took a lot of pictures!
|There was lots of hanky-panky on the course, not just in this pic or with these Maniacs!|
|My elite friends Nilda and Abbi|
|Abbi and Jennifer took a hot dog break; we also had a couple beer breaks|
|Lotsa Maniacs and 50 Staters on course!|
|More Maniacs and 50 Staters inside the on-course candy shop|
|Me, Scot and Abbi at the finish; wish the weather had been this gorgeous all day!|
|Proud of my 50 States Club finisher husband!|
|Post-race dinner with another set of friends|
The next morning, Scot, Abbi and I headed back to MSP, but not before making a few stops. We stopped at Starbucks for some coffee and randomly met newly minted Maniac Shasten. Then we drove across the bridge to Superior WI so Scot could take a picture of the Minnesota welcome sign, which is one of his road trip traditions. Finally, we were able to meet up with Ruth and family for a quick drive-by hug. Ruth had run Grandma’s before, but this time she drove up from Winona MN to volunteer.
|Taken the day after the race, but shows what kind of fog we had on marathon day|
Big congratulations to Scot for finishing his 50 states, and to everyone who earned a new state in Minnesota. I enjoyed Grandma’s Marathon weekend for the second time and I suppose I do still have Minnesota over Scot – I’ve done it twice to his once!