(Duluth, Minn.) The Grandma’s Marathon-Duluth, Inc. board of directors has announced the selection of Jon Carlson as the organization’s interim executive director.
Carlson has been the nonprofit organization’s race director since July 2003 after retiring from Minnesota Power, where he had worked since 1980 in the employee benefits department. He served on the Grandma’s Marathon board from October 2002 until being hired as a full-time employee.
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Grandma’s Marathon and Twin Cities In Motion Offer $10,000 Bonus for Marathon Sweep
Grandma’s Marathon-Duluth, Inc. and Twin Cities In Motion announced an incentive bonus for any runner winning both of Minnesota’s largest marathons in 2011.
A $10,000 bonus will be awarded to anyone capturing the open division titles at this year’s Grandma’s Marathon and Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
“We are excited to partner with Twin Cities In Motion to offer this doubleheader bonus. Not only will it provide an element of added excitement to both events, but we feel this type of monetary reward is an appropriate way to recognize someone achieving this unique accomplishment,” said Grandma’s Marathon Executive Director Scott Keenan.
“We are proud to support the sport of running with this incentive. Together, we have 65 years of race experience and we continue to find new and innovative ways to reward professional runners,” said Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman.
Historically, one male and one female have earned Grandma’s Marathon and Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon victories in the same calendar year.
Kenya’s Andrew Musuva claimed both titles in 1999 when he won June’s Grandma’s Marathon in 2:12:21 and completed the sweep at October’s Twin Cities Marathon in 2:14:41.
Last year Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba became the only female to accomplish the feat with winning times of 2:31:35 and 2:27:23, respectively.
Both races are celebrating milestone events this year – June 18 will be Grandma’s Marathon’s 35th running and October 2 marks the 30th Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.