Far-ranging 61 racers take part in Whitefish marathon

By Journal Sports Staff

PARADISE — More than five dozen runners took part in the fifth annual Whitefish Point Marathon held June 10 near Paradise.

The field of 61, all of whom finished, lined up at the Whitefish Township Services building to run 26.2 miles, heading north on M-123 and the Whitefish Point Road, reaching the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point for the return trip. Several side streets were added to bring the distance to a full marathon.

Cloudy morning weather with temperatures in the high 40s turned to an on-and-off light rain.

Both overall winners finished their first marathon — Patrick Frahm, 23, of Saginaw in the men’s race in 2 hours, 56 minutes and 22 seconds, and Chelsea Blanchard, 27, of Bloomington, Indiana, in the women’s in 3:00:15. They were also both Boston Marathon qualifying times based on their age divisions.

Seven others also posted Boston qualifying times, including Nina van den Ende, 45, of Marquette in 3:37:35, and Karen Nelson, 52, of Gwinn in 3:56:34.

While most of the field was from Michigan, two runners came from Canada and nine other U.S. states were represented, including as far away as Montana, Florida and Nevada.

The race was directed by Marquette’s Bill Sved, who fininshed in 4:41:21. Other area finishers were Andrew Grosvenor of Marquette, 3:48:53; Karen Prusi of Negaunee, 4:01:13; and Barbara Trudeau of Marquette, 4:15:34. Grosvenor won the men’s 30-39 age division.

More information on the event is available online at www.WhitefishPointMarathon.org.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.