Hoyt Lakes woman receives award for being first female Grandma’s Marathon winner

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HOYT LAKES, MN — An Iron Range native received a special honor Friday for being the very first female Grandma’s Marathon champion.

Wendy Cregg, who hails from Hoyt lakes, finished that inaugural marathon in three hours and 23 minutes when she was just 18 years old!

Cregg received the marathon’s Scott Keenan Founder’s Award Friday morning.

She stopped by our station to tell us all about that race day back in 1977, and recounted the moment when she realized there was only one woman ahead of her.

“I just kept speeding up until I passed her. My memory is that I passed her on lemon drop hill, and I don’t remember much else other than when I passed her I knew I would keep running, I felt solid.”

Cregg says that was her very first marathon.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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