The winners – and the creative signs that cheered them on – at the Twin Cities Marathon


Dominic Ondoro and Abraha Serkelam Bise won the men's and women's Twin Cities Marathon Sunday morning, finishing in just over two hours.

They were among the thousands of runners who raced from downtown Minneapolis to the state Capitol.

Ondoro, 28, of Kenya won the Twin Cities Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, 16 seconds. He won Grandma's Marathon in 2014, and broke Dick Beardsley's 33-year record with his time of 2:09:06, Twin Cities in Motion, the organization that puts on the race, said in a news release.

Bise, 29, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was the first woman to finish the race with a time of 2:31:40, Twin Cities in Motion tweeted.

Tyler Byers, 33, of Denver, Colorado, was the first wheeler to cross the finish line Sunday morning. It was his third win at the Twin Cities Marathon.

More than 11,000 runners were registered for this year's marathon. The youngest participant is 13 years old and 42 marathoners are age 70 or older in this year's race, Twin Cities in Motion says.

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Twin Cities 10-mile

Molly Huddle, of Rhode Island, and Sam Chelanga, a Kenya native, won the Twin Cities 10-mile race in their respective fields, which served as the national championship for the 10-mile distance.

They were each awarded $12,000.

Chelanga finished in 46:45, while Huddle finished with a course-record time of 51:44, the Star Tribune says.

She was also awarded the $10,000 equalizer bonus for being the first person – male or female – to cross the finish line. (The women's field gets a head start of 6:18, the Star Tribune notes.)

“If you know Molly, I was almost sure she was going to win it,” Chelanga said of the equalizer bonus, according to the Star Tribune. “She’s tough.”

Creative signs spotted on the course

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