Kara Goucher is back in her hometown of Duluth for Grandma's Marathon weekend. She's running in a half-marathon event Saturday morning as she prepares for the marathon event at the London Olympics on Aug. 5.
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Berhanu Girma defeated Ethiopian countryman Chala Lemi to win the 36th Grandma's Marathon in Duluth on Saturday. Everlyne Lagat of Kenya won the women's full marathon. But the day belonged to hometown hero Kara Goucher, who is preparing for the London Olympics and won the half-marathon event at Grandma's in record time.
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Kara Goucher, who will represent the U.S. in the Olympic marathon in London, finished a 13.1-mile half-marathon event Saturday in a course-record 1 hour, 9 minutes, 34 seconds. She was back in her hometown for Grandma's Marathon weekend, and was lifted along the way by her old classmates from Duluth East, former neighbors and family friends who came to see her first race in town since her high school days.
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