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In a 2008 photo, Alex Ratelle sits in his home along the North Shore northeast of Grand Marais, Minn. Ratelle, an International Falls native who went on to finish Grandma's Marathon for 21 straight years through 1997 and became recognized as the race's grandfather, died Sunday in Grand Marais, where he had retired with his wife, Patty. He was 87. Mark Stodghill?| The Duluth News-Tribune

Grandma's Marathon loses a legend

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Hand-written results from the inaugural Grandma's Marathon, on June 25, 1977, note the oldest finisher as Alex Ratelle of Minneapolis. He was 52 and merely placed fourth.

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Not fourth among masters runners, those 40 and older, but fourth overall, in 2 hours, 37 minutes and 32 seconds.

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