One of the true signs of spring in northern Minnesota is the Fitger’s 5K Run and Walk. The 23rd running of the race was held April 21 in Duluth with a record 1,848 registrants.
St. Paul’s Mike Reneau, 34, claimed the men’s division finishing in 15 minutes, 10 seconds – just two seconds shy of the course record held for the last ten years by Duluth’s Jeremy Polson.
Reneau will be back in Duluth June 16 to compete in the USA Half Marathon Championships, which Grandma’s Marathon is hosting this year and again in 2013.
Katie Koski, 39, of Duluth, won the women’s title with a time of 17:48. The victory was her fifth in event history.
Both Reneau and Koski raced in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials earlier this year in Houston.
Many of those participating use the race as a warm-up for June’s Grandma’s Marathon weekend races. A total of 1,597 finishers (1,497 runners, 100 walkers) completed the course through Duluth’s downtown and Canal Park.
The event raised more than $20,000 for the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), a Grandma's Marathon program established in 1990 to assist with promoting and developing youth athletics in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.