Knife River Father, daughter team beat marathon expectations
Grandma's Marathon was a big success for a Knife River father and daughter team. The Furos, who were featured in last week's News-Chronicle, completed the race an hour under their anticipated finish time.
Erik Furo, 38, finished the marathon in 4:33:30. His daughter, thirteen-year-old Erika Furo, finished the race one second before her father at 4:33:29. Erik had expected that the two would have a time of about five and a half hours for Saturday's marathon, with a goal of finishing under six hours with no injuries.
"It's the best run she'd ever been on in her life," Erik said of his daughter.
Though the two were very happy with their finish time, the race was a bit of a challenge for the young runner. "She was hurting," Erik said. "It was pain from about 16 miles on."
Erik said his daughter toughed it out though, and after making it through the 18- and 24-mile marks, Erika "knew she could make it and pulled through."
Erika was greeted at the finish line by friends and family. "Right after the race she said she wanted to do it again next year," Erik said. "Not many people say that right after they finish."
After the race, the Furos celebrated with a barbeque with about 30 friends and family. Erik said this summer he and Erika will run 10-kilometer trail races. And they are already thinking about the next marathon - perhaps the Twin Cities Marathon in October.
- Brittany Berrens