Thursday, October 17, 2013

Yes/No: Who will qualify for Boston at the Mankato Marathon?

For athletes interested in a Fall marathon, qualifying for Boston can be the perfect motivating goal.  The 2014 Boston Marathon was such a hot ticket event that the Boston Athletic Association increased the field size by 9000 to 36,000 entrants.  Even with the extra slots, the race filled up very quickly.

Bringing things back to Minnesota, the Mankato Marathon is a Boston Qualifier that runners can use to get into the 119th edition of the historic event, scheduled for April 20th, 2015.

The Mankato Marathon is in its fourth year.  The weekend of races includes a marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K and kids' race, and will feature about 5000 total runners.

This week will feature a battle of the sexes.  Let us know who will have more Boston qualifiers with this question...

Yes/No: Will more women than men qualify for the 2015 Boston Marathon at the Mankato Marathon on Sunday?

We will use these standards for the question this week.  The actual Boston qualifying times may end up being slightly different.


Find more information on the race at these links:
- Mankato Marathon
- Mankato Marathon previous results
- Top three finishers - 2012
- Top three finishers - 2011
- Top three finishers - 2010
- Mankato Marathon course map

To play our game, simply type "yes" or "no" into the subject line of an e-mail and send it to us at DtBFantasy [AT] gmail [DOT] com before 8:00 A.M. CDT, Sunday, October 20th.  Please put your answers in the subject line of the e-mail and make sure your full name appears somewhere in the e-mail.  We will offer a bonus for participants making their 2013 debut in Yes/No - a correct answer will be worth two points for anyone who has not played yet this year.

My Answer:  Yes

The question in last week's Yes/No Contest was: Will a runner from Collegeville Track Club take first place overall at the Battle Creek Challenge 8k on October 12th?  The answer was no -- Joe Moore led four  Twin Cities Track Club athletes across the finish line in front of top Collegeville runner Kelly Fermoyle.   Fifteen players answered correctly this week and Lori Anne Schwiesow took over first place with 22 points.  Mary Varney and Dimitri Drekonja are next with 21, followed by Pat Foley at 20 points.

Photo ID

This week's Photo ID is of a man affectionately known as D-Dawg by some of those he associates with these days.  His roots are in St. James, MN where he had a successful initiation into the sport in high school.  He wandered south of the border for college to Iowa State.  This photo was taken when he was at Golden Valley Lutheran College, where he spent time before and after Iowa State.

The questions for this week's Photo ID:  Who is this person?  What is he doing now?

Last week's photo ID featured Cretin High's Don Hurley winning the State Cross Country Championship. Don's son, Keeghan Hurley, runs for Perham HS and is the number one ranked Class A boys runner thus far this XC season.  Don went to the University of Minnesota where he was an All American and flirted with a career as a professional runner after college.

Five individuals answered correctly in last week's photo ID contest:  Jesse Schoen, Mike Henderson, Rich Cowles, Chris Lundberg and Toby Hatlevig.  Jesse Schoen sent in the first correct answer.

For all the results, please visit DtB Fantasy Corner, HERE.

1 comment:

Doug said...

The answer was no -- more men ran a Boston Qualifer at the Mankato Marathon.

The photo ID answer was Dennis Barker, the current head coach at Augsberg and Team USA-Minnesota.