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Cloquet man edged out of first place in William A. Irvin 5K in Duluth

(Duluth, Minn.) Grandma's Marathon weekend kicked off Friday night with the William A. Irvin 5K ? the first of three races scheduled for the 32nd annual event.

(Duluth, Minn.) Grandma's Marathon weekend kicked off Friday night with the William A. Irvin 5K ? the first of three races scheduled for the 32nd annual event.

Jordan Tucker, 21, of Omaha, Neb., outlasted Mike Kramer, of Cloquet, Minn., to win the 3.1-mile race in a time of 16 minutes and 22 seconds. Kramer, also 21, finished just one second later in 16:23.

In the women's division, Michelle Oman, of Mankato, Minn., won the event for the third time in the past four years. Oman, 34, had a winning time of 18:35, finishing ahead of 19-year-old Raynee DeGrio of St. Paul, Minn., who finished in 19:14. Defending champion Laura Hughes, 16, finished third in 19:29.

Oman, who placed second to Hughes in 2007, became the second female to win the William A. Irvin 5K three times -- Katie McGee (Koski) won the event three consecutive years --1994-96.

A total of 1,128 finished the race, including one wheelchair participant, Jacqui Kapinowski, of Point Pleasant, N.J., who finished in 18:33. Kapinowski, 45, was also registered for the wheelchair division of Grandma's Marathon.

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For complete results, visit www.GrandmasMarathon.com .

The 18th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and 32nd Grandma's Marathon were at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., respectively on Saturday.

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