Libby Hickman

photo: uastf.org

photo: uastf.org

Libby Hickman was named top female road racer in 1991, 1998, and 2000 by Runner’s World Magazine. She was All-American at Colorado State University and ran the 10,000m at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was also the first American woman to win the Bolder Boulder in 14 years in 1997. From Fort Collins, Libby has largely retired from the sport in favor of chasing her two young children.

Libbie Hickman runs a race in Albany, N.Y., in June 2000, the same year she ran the Olympic 10,000 meters. ( AP file photo )

Libbie Hickman runs a race in Albany, N.Y., in June 2000, the same year she ran the Olympic 10,000 meters. ( AP file photo )

Libby James

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•   National age group record for 5k (23:30)

•   National age group record for 10 miles (1:19:22)

•   National age group record for 10k

Libby James didn’t enter her first race until her 40’s, but she made a mark from the beginning. The mother of four and grandmother of 12 set national records in the 5k (both 70-74 and 75-79 age groups) as well as the 10k (75-79 age group) and the 10-mile (75-79 age group). She set an age group world record in the 2011 Aetna Park to Park 10-miler with a chip time of 1:19:22 and is the 2011 Running Times Master Runner of the Year in age groups 70-74 and 75-79. In 2010 and 2011 she ran the Bolder Boulder with her oldest grandson when she was 63, and in 2000, she ran the Steamboat Springs Marathon with both her daughters. She currently has a business “oldBags,” (tea bag art) and has also finished the text for a picture book about an old woman who decides to run a marathon (“no research required” she says).

(libbyjames.net)

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Garry Bjorklund

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•   Held the MN state high school mile record (4:05.1) for              39 years

•   Five-time All-American

•   Broke Big Ten records in seven categories

•   13th place in 10,000m at the 1976 Olympics

•   Won 10 major road races in 1978

•   Inducted into the Road Runners Club of America’s Hall            of Fame in 1988

•   The Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth named the Garry                Bjorklund Half Marathon after him

Garry Bjorklund started his running career in high school, setting a Minnesota state record mile that lasted for 39 years with a time of 4:05.1. He represented the U.S. at the 1971 and 1975 Pan American Games as well as the 1976 Olympics, managing to make the 10,000m team in spite of losing a shoe during trials. Following his Olympic appearance, Garry became a marathon runner, earning fifth-place finishes in both the 1977 New York City Marathon and the 1979 Boston Marathon. By 1980, he had set a national age group record and personal best time of 2:10.20 at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth Minnesota. His strong road running during this time earned him a place in the Road Runners Club of America’s Hall of Fame in 1988. Garry has lived in Colorado since the late 1970s, training with the Colorado Track Club and running partner Frank Shorter.

Garry Bjorklund, right, battles with Dick Beardsley in the 5th edition of Grandma's Marathon. Photo: Dulluth

Garry Bjorklund, right, battles with Dick Beardsley in the 5th edition of Grandma’s Marathon. Photo: Dulluth