Minnesota Half Marathon

The inaugural Minnesota Half Marathon was a great, albeit hot and muggy, success. Temps were in the mid 70′s at race start, a vast difference from the inaugural St. Paul Inline Marathon 6 years ago when temps were in the low 50s at the start.

Jorge Botero won the Pro Open category with a time of 34:53.6 (22.5 mph). Local skater David Sarmiento was in second place by .1 in the official results. The announcer at the awards ceremony reported that the time difference between first and second was in the hundredth of a second. Matt Meyer, another local skater, took fifth place with a time of 35:49.4.

Briana Kramer of Tampa, FL won the Pro Open category for the women with a time of 38:42.2. The top five were rounded out by Debbie Rice, Sarah Hopkins, Mary Hirt (of WI) and Kara Peterson of St. Paul.

Other Pro Finishes by Category:

Men Pro Masters
1 Tony Muse of West Des Moines, IA
2 Norm Kirby of Colorado Springs
3 Mike Anderson of Bloomington, MN
4 Chris Rojo of Long Beach, CA
5 Tom Peterson of St. Paul, MN

Women Pro Masters
1 Peggy Girgenti of Anaheim Hills, CA
2 Tracy Yde of Nashotah, WI
3 Susan Welch of Northfield, MN
4 Martha Flynn-Kauth of Saint Paul, MN
5 Nadine Jackson of Fredericton, New Brunswick

Men Pro Veterans
1 Morgan Williams of Toronto, Ontario
2 Herb Gayle of Toronto, Ontario
3 Jeff Terwilliger of Edina, MN
4 Gary Johnson of Minneapolis, MN
5 Cale Carvell of Northfield, IL
(Ovid Westin and Fred Scheer were in 6th and 7th place, both at .1 second behind Cale)

Women Pro Veterans
1 Margo Carvell of Northfield, IL
2 Carol Hochstein of St Petersburg, FL

There was some confusion at the starting line with the starting order. Some of the advanced men were lined up behind the Pro women and missed their start. Next year it would be helpful to separate the groups more clearly prior to the start of the race.

Advanced Category Overall Results (Men)
1 M30-39 James Kauth of Saint Paul, MN
2 M40-49 Paul Meyering of Burnsville, MN
3 M30-39 Scott Manson of St. Paul, MN
4 M40-49 John Grund of North Branch, MN
5 M40-49 Jon Smits of River Falls, WI

Advanced Category Overall Results (Women)
1 F40-49 Vickie Finnegan of Stillwater, MN
2 F19-29 Rayna Meyer of Blaine, MN
3 F50-59 Mary Jo O’Hara of Eden Prairie, MN
4 F30-39 Jana Herzogova of Mount Prospect, IL
5 F30-39 Stacia Marsolek of Hermantown, MN

Open Category Overall Results (Men)
1 M30-39 Troy Sperbeck Falcon Heights, MN
2 M50-59 Rick Skildum Champlin, MN
3 M40-49 Jeffrey Steltz Chippewa Falls, WI
4 M19-29 Andrew Peper Blaine, MN
5 M0-17 Cooper Moen Eden Prairie, MN

Open Category Overall Results (Women)
1 F40-49 Patricia Gray of Shoreview, MN
2 F40-49 Lois Swanberg of Oakdale, MN
3 F40-49 Laurie Lee of Eagan, MN
4 F19-29 Anna Schmidt of Plymouth, MN
5 F60-69 Connie Meek of Hayward, WI

As many know, the race was shortened from a full to a half marathon this year–and the big uphill to the finish in Mears park was taken out. This year the finish was actually on a slight downhill. It was nice to have Lower Landing Park as the central location for race start and finish.

Thanks to all the volunteers and the race directors for keeping this local race going!

Full results

If anyone has pictures, please email them to me for posting!