After two years of big changes for one of the smallest marathons in the state, runners showed up to face two challenges: running 26.2 miles and doing it in a Minnesota spring.
For the first time in two years, the Boston Marathon returned to the Patriot’s Day holiday as two Minnesota women runners were in the national spotlight. One is a pioneer in the sport; the other is building off the legacy of women runners and finished as the fourth place American on the 50th anniversary of the first official Boston Marathon women’s race.
For two years, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down a race that was becoming a signal of spring in central Minnesota.
But this year, the marathon in the Brainerd Lakes area is returning for a full race weekend with support from the local community.