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Course Records Topple In Minnesota Mile

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 10, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM UTC
Gabrielle Anderson obliterated the course record in the Minnesota Mile last weekend. Photo: www.photorun.net

Both the men’s and women’s marks went down in Duluth on Sunday.

Last Sunday was all about the Mile in the state of Minnesota. According to the Duluth News Tribune, both the men’s and women’s course records were shattered in the Grandma’s Minnesota Mile.

The women’s winner was Gabrielle Anderson, who completed the classic distance in 4:21.3. This time obliterated the old mark of 4:35.6 that had been set by Carmen Douma-Hussar in 2010.

“I just completed my professional track season on Friday night in Brussels, Belgium, on the Diamond League circuit, competing against the best women in the world,” admitted the 27-year-old Anderson, who’s from Minneapolis. “I think the jet lag helped. … It’s easier on the way back, because my body thinks that it’s early evening right now, rather than morning, and I think that’s a little easier.”

The men’s race was also a record-setting affair, with 23-year-old Ben Blankenship coming across the line with a new improvement on the old mark.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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