Mile News

Bolas, Grunewald once again champions of the Minnesota Mile in Duluth

September 14, 2015

“Anytime I do get a chance to run a full Mile, I do think that’s special because it’s such an iconic distance."

By Matt Wellens, Duluth News Tribune

Gabriele Grunewald didn’t let cancer stop her from running when she was first diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2008.

Instead, she went out the next day and ran a personal best in the 1500 meters.

Two years later, Grunewald was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. That didn’t stop the University of Minnesota graduate, either. A year after that diagnosis, she had lowered her 1500 PR to 4 minutes, 6 seconds.

So there was no stopping Grunewald from winning a second Grandma’s Minnesota Mile in three years on Sunday in downtown Duluth.

The 29-year-old crossed the finish line in 4:38.0 after running the fastest Mile ever run by a woman in Minnesota in 2013 in 4:21.3. Monicah Ngige of Kenya was second in 4:43.3.

Grunewald finished second in the 2015 Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour standings — earning her a total of $4000 — to Heather Kampf of Minneapolis, who didn’t run Sunday in Duluth because she already had clinched the four-race Grand Prix title for the second year in a row.

Continue reading at:

Tags: minnesota mile (32) , jack bolas (31) , heather kampf (131) , gabriele grunewald (46) , bring back the mile tour (5)

Facebook Comments

Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

Become a Mile Maniac member or a BBTM sponsor today! Join us, and go Mile!

Join Us

Thanks for joining the movement and being a Mile Maniac. We'll keep you up to-date with our Mile wires as well as exclusive contests and opportunities. Help us spread the word by sharing our site and joining us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!