First day of summer filled with outdoor activities


Summer officially arrived at 5:51 a.m. CDT today, June 21. And what a glorious day it has been, with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures over most of Minnesota. It was a nice respite from the stormy, rainy weather of the last several days.

The day was filled with so many special events and activities, it was difficult to keep up. Here's a sampling of some of the higher-profile events that took place around Minnesota Saturday.

Grandma's Marathon, Duluth

The weather wasn't so good in Duluth, but it didn't dampen the spirits of the thousands of runners who took part. The men's winner, Dominic Ondoro of Kenya, broke the 33-year old record with a time of 2:09.05. The women's winner was Pasca Myers with a time of 2:33.43.

The Great Bull Run, Elk River

About 4,500 people came out to watch this new event, where participants run a quarter of a mile down a track with live bulls to give them a taste of Spain's Running of the Bulls, according to KSTP. It was held at the Elk River Extreme Motor Park.

Runners could jump over fences to escape along the course if needed. Organizers say no one suffered any serious injuries. The day's events also included a giant tomato fight.

Rock the Garden, Minneapolis

The annual outdoor music festival, held on the grounds of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, is a two-day affair this year for the first time. The music started around 3 p.m. and lasts well into the evening. A second day of music is planned for Sunday, but the weather might not be quite as good for Day 2.

Somali Independence Day, Minneapolis

Minnesota's Somali community celebrated Somali Independence Day with a street festival along Lake Street in Minneapolis, featuring traditional music, food, art and dancing.

German Fest, St. Paul

A new festival, German Fest, is this weekend in St. Paul to celebrate the Germanic history of the city. It's taking place all weekend at the grounds of the Schmidt Brewery on West Seventh Street, featuring German beer, food and music. As part of the celebration, the Schmidt Brewery sign above the complex was relit. The festival continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The St. Paul Pioneer Press has some nice photos of the event.

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