Depending on how the weather develops, it may be challenging to break the course record, set by St. Paul’s Patrick Russell in 2012 when he ran a 2:35:45.
Russell’s win broke a streak of wins by a local resident who has become the best-known runner of the race. Baxter resident Casey Miller had won three straight from 2009 to 2011, and he returned again to win in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
Brock Tesdahl is another repeat winner. The Crosby-Ironton high school graduate and former Bemidji State basketball player took first place in 2016, 2018 and 2019. His last win came in the second-fastest time ever recorded on the course: 2:36:26.
In the women’s race, 2019 was a record-breaking year. Sonya Lucatero of Reno, Nevada, came to Minnesota on her quest to run a marathon in all 50 states. She won and set a course record of 3:05:12.
Years before, Melissa Jansen of St. Cloud was a three-time winner (2012, 2013 and 2015) and placed second in 2008 and 2014, where she ran her personal best time on the course (3:11:58), six minutes behind that year’s winner, East Gull Lake resident Michelle Andres.
Jill Kroc of Mankato also took home more than one title, winning in 2010 and 2011 (at ages 38 and 39) and placing third in 2012.