William A. Irvin 5K Results

Jesse Chettle — 14:52

2022 William A. Irvin 5K Men’s Champion

Nikki Long — 16:15

2022 William A. Irvin 5K Women’s Champion

2022 TOP 10 MEN’S FINISHERS

  1. Jesse Chettle – 14:52
  2. Mason Shea – 14:54
  3. Ben Haberman – 15:14
  4. Isaiah Anderson – 15:23
  5. Chris Caron – 15:29
  6. Kyle Larson – 15:36
  7. Jesse Prince – 15:51
  8. Matthew Kuhn – 16:00
  9. Mike Walentiny – 16:23
  10. Henrik Gilbertson – 16:48

2022 TOP 10 WOMEN’S FINISHERS

  1. Nikki Long – 16:15
  2. Lindsey Zimmer – 17;10
  3. Emma Koenig – 17:34
  4. Sasha Gallagher – 17:38
  5. Carrie Tollefson – 17:48
  6. Hidi Gaff – 18:36
  7. Ashlyn Sutherland – 18:41
  8. Jamie Weglarz – 18:46
  9. Eve Morissette – 19:06
  10. Georgia Bromberg – 19:29
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Marathon Foto is the official photography partner of the William A. Irvin 5K and can provide each of our participants with priceless keepsakes following their race in Duluth.

Whether it’s a smile at the finish line or excitement at the start line, Marathon Foto is there to capture the important moments of your journey and to help you remember your race day experience.

Men's Event Record Holder

Jon Sinclair won the inaugural William A. Irvin 5K in 1994, and his time is still yet to be beaten.

Sinclair crossed the line in a time of 14:43, just three seconds ahead of runner-up Jorczak. As it turns out, that’d be as close as anyone’s ever come to breaking the mark set by Sinclair.

The 15:00 mark has been broken four more times, once by Jorczak in 1995, but Sinclair’s mark has withstood the test of time in what’s now become the kickoff race to Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

NOTE: Jesse Chettle again broke the 15:00 mark in 2022 with a winning time of 14;52, but a course management error resulted in that year’s racecourse being short and thus invalidated the results in terms of official records.

Before running in Duluth, Sinclair was a two-time All-American runner at Colorado State University and in 1989 was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Railroad Street Course Best – John Sinclair (1994), 14:43
Lakewalk Course Best – Dustin Franta (2017), 15:34

MEN’S AGE DIVISION RECORDS
Open – Jon Sinclair (1994), 14:43
12 & Under – Andy Magnuson (2008), 18:38
13-18 – Jeremy Polson (1996), 15:03
19-34 – Jason Jorczak (1994), 14:46
35-39 – Jon Sinclair (1994), 14:43
40-44 – William Markwardt (2000), 16:00
45-49 – Bob Garcia (2000), 16:21
50-54 – Paul Giannobile (2011), 17:03
55-59 – Alan Evans (2019), 17:43
60-64 – Thom Weddle (1999), 17:56
65-69 – Paul Heitzman (2000), 19:08
70+ – Paul Heitzman (2001), 20:23

Women's Event Record Holder

Duluth native Katie McGee won the first three titles at the William A. Irvin 5K from 1994-96, and she set a still-standing event record in the process.

McGee’s time of 17:11 in 1996 was challenged by the following year’s champion Sara Rhode, who also finished in 17:11 but just hundreths of a second slower than McGee.

Since then, the closest anyone’s come to challenging McGee’s mark was in 2016 when Sarah Crouch ran 17:21.

NOTE: Nikki Long’s time of 16:15 in 2022 would have broken McGee’s event record, but a course management error resulted in that year’s racecourse being short and thus invalidated the results in terms of official records.

In 2022, McGee was presented with the Ron Daws Ambassador Award in recognition of her connection to Grandma’s Marathon weekend and her lifetime of work to help the event be successful. After using the racecourse as a training ground while growing up, McGee now has finished 13 Grandma’s Marathons and also, for a short time, taught an online marathon training class at Lake Superior College to help more beginning runners prepare for the big race.

Railroad Street Course Best – Katie McGee (1996), 17:11
Lakewalk Course Best – Sarah Crouch (2016), 17:21

WOMEN’S AGE DIVISION RECORDS
Open – Katie McGee (1996), 17:11
12 & Under – Rachel Sackett (1995), 19:52
13-18 – Laura Hughes (2007), 17:50
19-34 – Katie McGee (1996), 17:11
35-39 – Michelle Oman (2009), 17:53
40-44 – Carrie Tollefson (2017), 17:55
45-49 – Marcy Gilles (1996), 18:18
50-54 – Janet Rosen (2004), 19:39
55-59 – Janet Rosen (2009), 20:40
60-64 – Barb Leininger (2017), 23:42
65-69 – Gabby Lubich (2018), 23:05
70+ – Janet Ward (2013), 29:30

Non-Binary Event Record Holder

2022 was the first year Grandma’s Marathon offered a specific non-binary category, an important step in ensuring all our participants feel safe as well as welcomed and included on race weekend.

NOTE: There were no non-binary participants registered for the 2022 event.

Railroad Street Course Best – N/A
Lakewalk Course Best – N/A

NON-BINARY AGE DIVISION RECORDS
Open – N/A
12 & Under – N/A
13-18 – N/A
19-34 – N/A
35-39 – N/A
40-44 – N/A
45-49 – N/A
50-54 – N/A
55-59 – N/A
60-64 – N/A
65-69 – N/A
70+ – N/A

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Fitger's 5K History

The Fitger’s 5K began in 1990 and over more than three decades has now become Duluth’s premier spring running event.

The 3.1-mile race traditionally starts and finishes in front of the historic Fitger’s building. The scenic race course takes participants through downtown Duluth and Canal Park.

Below are the all-time Fitger’s 5K race records and winners from each year. NOTE: Some early records are incomplete and our staff is working to retrieve those dating back to 1990.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

Free parking for the event is available in the parking ramp located next to Fitger’s.

Fitger’s Complex
600 E. Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

2022 Fitger's 5K Race Packet Pickup Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Swag Items

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.