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Published on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Team St. Louis County completes Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

<p>&quot;Don&#39;t ever let me do this again!&quot;</p>

<p>That&#39;s how one marathon runner (who we&#39;ll allow to remain nameless) greeted Health Promotions Coordinator Tiffany Kari, as county employees who completed Grandma&#39;s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon gathered for the annual post-race picture. Of course the person was laughing as he said it. Because as if running 26.2 miles isn&#39;t hard enough, running that distance&nbsp;in last weekend&#39;s&nbsp;hot weather made it far, far worse.</p>

<p>Which made it&nbsp;kind of ironic that after enduring humid, hot conditions on race day, the weather on the day we gathered for this nice photo was cool with a pleasant breeze off Lake Superior.</p>

<p><span style="line-height: 20.8px;">Where was that breeze when we needed it?!?</span></span></span></span></span></p>

<p><img alt="County employees run half and full marathon" src="/Portals/0/e-graphics/Spotlight-Images/2016-runners.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin: 5px;" /></p>

<p><em>St. Louis County Grandma&#39;s Marathon Corporate Team Challenge participants L-R: Charles Schumacher, Tammy Kimball, Derrick Ellis, Nicole Johnson, Kris Anton (in front), <span style="line-height: 20.8px;">Vedran Djakorvic, </span></span>Tiffany Kari, Kyle Heyeson, Tyra Kerr, Dana Kazel. Not pictured: Sarah Anderson, Matthew Erickson, Paul Kovach, Darrell Miller, Matthias Norenberg, Danna Story, Rebekka Stumme, Scott Sundvall, Sherri Teasck and Stephanie Wollack.</em></span></em></span></em></span></em></p>

<p><em><em><span style="line-height: 20.8px;">Running is mostly an individual sport, which makes race day all the more fun, because suddenly you&#39;re surrounded by a whole bunch of other individuals who share the same passion. Gathering with fellow runners </span><span style="line-height: 20.8px;">after a race is also nice. It&#39;s a chance&nbsp;to compare stories. And blisters. And to joke that we&#39;re never running again, while also talking about the next race we might sign up for.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></span></span></em></em></p>

<p><em><em><em><span style="line-height: 20.8px;"><span style="line-height: 20.8px;">Tiffany Kari deserves credit not only for organizing this group (it&#39;s the largest one yet!) and encouraging healthy activities, but also for achieving a personal record, running the half marathon in 1:27:18. Bragging rights for the best full marathon time among County employees goes to Sarah Anderson, who finished in 3:58:15.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></span></span></em></em></em></p>

<p><em><em><em><em><span style="line-height: 20.8px;"><span style="line-height: 20.8px;">Kudos to all who ran! You trained, woke up really early last Saturday and then pushed hard through some pretty miserable conditions. </span></span></span></span></span></span></em></span></span></em></em></em></em></p>

<p><em><em><em><em><em><span style="line-height: 20.8px;"><span style="line-height: 20.8px;">Until next year...</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></span></span></em></em></em></em></em></p>

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