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Local man runs first marathon at 65
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DULUTH - At 65, he decided to run in his first marathon.

Richard Chernugal of Bemidji completed Grandma's Marathon Saturday in Duluth.

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Chernugal said he decided to run in a marathon to show people age isn't an excuse.

"I did it kind of on a whim," Chernugal said. "I wanted to be an example to get people to do things and remind them they need to keep living until they die. I also kind of did it to be a little daring."

Chernugal completed Grandma's Marathon in a time of 5:00:58.

"I didn't have a great time, but I didn't get injured in training or during the race," Chernugal said. "But it was extremely fun. It was great to be part of the big crowd, and it's a pleasant run along the lake."

Chernugal said he chose Grandma's Marathon as his first marathon because it's close to Bemidji and because of the time of year it's held.

"I wanted to have time to train in decent weather," Chernugal said. "I started training some inside, but I wanted to have adequate time to train outside."

Chernugal has already signed up to compete in the Twin Cities Marathon in October.

Local results

The following Bemidji runners, along with their age and finishing time, completed the 2012 Grandma's Marathon in Duluth on Saturday.

Results

Patrick Diedrich, 23, 3:06:28; Charles Biberg, 19, 3:19:52; Steve Wagner, 39, 3:24:12; Prince Anye, 21, 3:34:46; Randy Westhoff, 47, 3:36:40; Adam McCullough, 29, 3:47:17; Aaron McCullough, 30, 3:47:17; Morgan Brower, 24, 3:50:28; Dan Brower, 30, 3:50:28; Dana Novinski-Brower, 30, 3:50:28; Timothy Hugley Jr., 37, 3:50:33; David Becker, 54, 3:53:03; Michael Munson, 51, 3:54:01; Nick Schwartz, 30, 4:02:16; Heather Barber, 37, 4:06:41; James Treat, 55, 4:10:21; Monte Fjosne, 61, 4:10:59; Scott Rogers, 29, 4:21:19; Megan Kasper, 27, 4:24:33; Carmen Schmitz, 28, 4:38:55; Christopher Hoffman, 28, 4:40:05; Carrie Melcher, 33, 4:48:22; Tim Kniefel, 36, 4:52:06; Tonya Prim, 37, 4:55:52; Richard Chernugal, 65, 5:00:58; Steph Kniefel, 34, 5:04:18; Brian Matthews, 24, 5:06:17; Nathan Bixby, 25, 5:25:13; Jeremy Hayes, 40, 5:25:14; Josh McPhee, 26 5:28:58; Jeff Brower, 50 5:30:53

The following Bemidji runners, along with their age and finishing time, completed the 2012 Garry Borklund Half Marathon in Duluth on Saturday.

Results

Alex Schoneberger, 19, 1:27:23; Lee Hanson, 53, 1:29:57; Melissa Jenson Sneide, 32, 1:35:50; Bailey Drewes, 19, 1:39:19; Graig Gilbertson, 63, 1:47:02; Brian Voge, 45, 1:49:10; Amber Fryklund, 32, 1:52:57; Lindsay Hanson, 22, 1:56:46; Scott Leindecker, 41, 1:57:25; Jon Shorter, 54, 1:59:13; Terry Smith, 69, 2:04:32; Lynda Gavlovsky, 52, 2:14:12; Bob Conner, 54, 2:19:14; Anthony Arola, 29, 2:21:02; Ross Ladehoff, 27, 2:21:26; Kristin Torgerson, 37, 2:23:02; Tracy Brower, 50, 2:26:31; Jody Hugley, 28, 2:27:21; Megan Arndt, 27, 2:27:21; Amber Severson, 33, 2:27:56; Linnea McPhee, 25, 2:41:38

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