LUCK, WI —Frederic runners, Greg Atkinson and Samantha Tyler, were overall winners in the 2019 Gandy Dancer Marathon and Half-Marathon.
Runners heading north out Luck on the Half-Marathon course - Photo by Stephanie Lundeen
As light snow fell and temperatures hovered near freezing, Atkinson stopped the clock in 3 hours, 12 minutes and 24 seconds on the 26.2 mile men’s Marathon course, and Tyler took the gold medal in the women’s Half-Marathon, covering the 13.1 mile distance in 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 9 seconds.
181 runners took to the flat Gandy Dancer State Trail in four events, with distances of 26.2, 13.1 miles, and 5 kilometers, stretching from south of Milltown to Frederic. Over 100 volunteers worked water stops and aid stations located every two miles on the trail.
As runners lined up for the start of the Half-Marathon start, announcer, race founder and organizer, Eric Olson, recognized the recent passing of long-time Luck running enthusiast and member of the original Luck Running Club, Robert Peterson, who continued his running into his eighties.
Complete results are available HERE.
Marathon leaders, Greg Atkinson, Frederic, and Joshua Slettengren, St. Croix Falls, between Luck and Milltown - Photo by William Johnson
Sally Ann Dahlquist, Stillwater, MN, celebrates as she runs her 100th Marathon in truly memorable conditions - Photo by William Johnson
Ava Muller-Opitz, Milltown, was the 5K Women’s gold medalist with time of 26 minutes, 34 seconds - Photo by Stephanie Lundeen