Local runners tackle Manitoba Marathon

The 30th running of the Manitoba Marathon went off without a hitch on Father’s Day, with the Rainy River District well represented among the field of 13,190 participants.
Lori Green and David Gustafson of Fort Frances ran the full marathons, coming in with times of 3:54:18 and 4:05:01, respectively.
“That was my first full marathon so I’m pretty pumped about the result,” Green said. “I wasn’t sure how I would do because you never train for that last six miles.
“And probably by Mile 23, I had to start using all the motivational things that people had said to me to keep going,” she admitted. “[But] I think I was just so pumped for the whole thing that I didn’t feel much pain.”
Green, 45, exceeded her own expectations by not only finishing the race in a good time—but one good enough to qualify for the world-renowned Boston Marathon.
“I have to really absorb that [news]. It’s just so new in my head that I’m not really sure what I’m going to do,” Green remarked. “But I’m definitely going to Boston before my qualifying window closes [in two years].
“It was really very focused training to make sure you are doing everything consistently,” she added. “It’s a huge commitment and I didn’t realize how hard it was until I got involved training for this one.”
The course ran through a lot of the parks and gardens Winnipeg has to offer before wrapping up with a “victory” lap around the stadium at the University of Manitoba with a full crowd on hand to cheer on their relatives and friends.
“I love gardens and I got to see a lot of Winnipeg that I haven’t before,” Green said. “It was a nice distraction, but when you get to that stadium, all the fans just keep you motivated to get to the finish line.
“What a great feeling.”
In the half-marathon, brothers Dan and Shaun Loney of Emo ran in solid times of 1:37:45 and 1:46:53, respectively, while Green’s son, Mitch, ran in a time of 1:41:05.
Dan’s wife, Kathy, and their sons, David and Andrew, did the Super Run, as well.
Other local finishers in the half-marathon were Nicole Rogozinski (1:53:52), Ashleigh Dutton (1:59:11), and Courtney Koval (2:32:56) of Fort Frances, along with Marty and Krista Emond of Devlin (both at 1:55:27).
The Emonds are a father/daughter team who ran the entire race together, and made their annual ritual of running on Father’s Day after doing a half-marathon in Duluth, Mn. last June.
Jeffrey Booth, 34, formerly of Devlin, ran the full marathon in a very impressive time of 3:17:54—good for 45th place overall and 13th in his age bracket.
He now lives in the city and works for the University of Winnipeg as a liaison officer for aboriginal students.
“We figured he was running 28 miles to the gallon,” Booth’s mom, Linda, said with a laugh from her home in Devlin. “He does smaller runs in Winnipeg when they come up, but hasn’t done the full Manitoba [Marathon] before.
“He’s been practising for it for a long time, and to come in the first 100 with all those runners is pretty good,” she added.