More than 2,000 people hit the streets for Grand Rapids Marathon

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon returned in person Sunday morning after going virtual last year.

More than 2,000 people from all over West Michigan and across the country came out to run in the event, which included a half-marathon, marathon and marathon relay.

“We’re so excited. This is the first major long-distance running event in Grand Rapids since we put it on two years ago. Everything else has had to go virtual,” marathon director Don Kern, who helped found the event 18 years ago, said. “It’s a beautiful day. I’ve got a bunch of people out here knocking their goals out, trying to make things happen, and it has just been a wonderful experience getting this to happen, live and in person.”

Dylan Sykes, 23, of Flagstaff, Arizona, finished the marathon first in just under 2 hours and 29 minutes. You can find full race results here.

“The most inspirational in the world is over there at that finish line when people come in having run 26 miles,” Kern said. “It’s emotional; you won’t leave without tears in your eyes.”

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