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

Jun 23

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6/23/2016 12:57 PM  RssIcon

"Don't ever let me do this again!"

That's how one marathon runner (who we'll allow to remain nameless) greeted Health Promotions Coordinator Tiffany Kari, as county employees who completed Grandma'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't hard enough, running that distance in last weekend's hot weather made it far, far worse.

Which made it 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.

Where was that breeze when we needed it?!?

County employees run half and full marathon

St. Louis County Grandma's Marathon Corporate Team Challenge participants L-R: Charles Schumacher, Tammy Kimball, Derrick Ellis, Nicole Johnson, Kris Anton (in front), Vedran Djakorvic, 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.

Running is mostly an individual sport, which makes race day all the more fun, because suddenly you're surrounded by a whole bunch of other individuals who share the same passion. Gathering with fellow runners after a race is also nice. It's a chance to compare stories. And blisters. And to joke that we're never running again, while also talking about the next race we might sign up for.

Tiffany Kari deserves credit not only for organizing this group (it'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.

Kudos to all who ran! You trained, woke up really early last Saturday and then pushed hard through some pretty miserable conditions.

Until next year...


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