Three of the athletes have impressive running histories in Minnesota as well.
Jane WelzelJane Welzel was the National Marathon Champion (2:33:25) in 1990 (Grandma’s Marathon, Duluth, Minnesota). She also won Grandma’s in 1992 (2:33:01, a personal best). She has the distinction of being one of three women who are five-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Marathon Trials qualifier (1984, ’88, ’92, ’96, ’00). The others are Julie Peterson and Minnesotan Janice Ettle. Only Minnesotan Bev Docherty completed the first six Trials (1984-2004).
(photo: Juan Leal)
Jay Johnson, who grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota, ran the 1977 Paavo Nurmi Marathon in Hurley, Wisconsin, when he was just a high school student. He ran a very impressive 2:28:45. Coincidentally, Minnesota-born Dick Beardsley ran his first marathon (2:47:14) at the 1977 Paavo Nurmi.
Doug Bell holds a number of Minnesota road racing records spanning more than a quarter century of racing.
Minnesota Age Group Records
Age Group DistanceRankTimeAgeDateRace 40-44 5K#114:364110-3-92TCM 5K 13.1 Mile#21:08:43419-13-92City of Lakes 25K (split) 50-54 5K#115:51518-4-02Hennepin Lake Classic 55-595K#116:18568-5-07Hennepin Lake Classic
Minnesota Single Age Records
AgeTimeDateRace 5K 3914:4310-13-90TCM 5K 4114:3610-3-92TCM 5K 4715:427-19-98Race for Action 5115:518-4-02Hennepin Lake Classic 5616:188-5-07Hennepin Lake Classic 8K 3623:423-15-87Saint Patrick’s Day 5 Mile 10 Mile 4854:5010-3-99TC-10 Mile 13.1 Mile 411:08:439-13-92City of Lakes 25K (split) 25K 411:21:249-13-92City of Lakes 25K
Doug Bell’s race records are courtesy of the Minnesota Data Running Center.