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Two Harbors man wraps up marathon streak

Photo submitted by Grover Melander.

Grandma's Marathon is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, but this year's marathon means something a little different for Two Harbors resident Grover Melander.

This is the first year in about two decades that Melander, 58, will not be participating in the race. Melander ran his first Grandma's Marathon in 1987, finishing the race at 5:59:27.

Melander said he took a break in running the marathon for a while, but laced up his running shoes again in 2006 to run in memory of his mother, Geraldine "Sis" Melander.

Grover has participated in a total of 18 full marathons and three Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon runs.