Mason Shea(Left) & Flannery Cerbin-Bohach (Right). (Source: Facebook)
On the eve of the 2023 Grandma’s Marathon on Friday night in Duluth, Minnesota, Mason Shea and Flannery Cerbin-Bohach won the 2023 William A. Irvin 5K. The top finishers for the 2023 William A. Irvin 5K in both the male and female categories are outlined below.
William A. Irvin 5K Marathon results
Grandma’s Marathon began on Friday night with the William A. Irvin 5K.
We now have a two-time champion in the men’s race. With a time of 15 minutes and 40 seconds, Mason Shea completed the race. In 2021, he last won in the 5K.
Henrik Gilbertson, who finished second behind the winner with a time of 16:19, was followed closely by Thomas Knepshield, who took third place with a time of 16:20. Tyler Morey (16:27), who came in fourth, and Steve Booker (16:30), who came in fifth, rounded out the top five spots. Ben Haberman, who came in third place in the men’s William A. Irvin 5K last year and currently owns the third-fastest time in history (15:14), came in ninth this year with a pace of 17:40.
Then, in the women’s competition, a new winner emerged: Flannery Cerbin-Bohach, who finished first with an exact time of 18 minutes. The runner that came in second place was 56 seconds behind her.
Suzie McEwen, who came in second with a time of 18:56, was easily beaten by 36-year-old Cerbin-Bohach, who finished the race in a commanding lead of 56 seconds. Eva Scott, who finished in third place with a timing of 19:01, completed the podium.
Who is Mason Shea?
Shea, who won the race for the first time at the age of 19 in 2021, and who came in second place last year in the fifth-fastest pace ever set in the race (14:54), won the William A. Irvin 5K today.
The 21-year-old easily crushed the opposition, finishing in 15 minutes and 40 seconds, outpacing the runner in second place by an astonishing 39 seconds.
“Last year I kind of lost in a kick, I hung out with the leader and then he kicked me for the final bit. So we had about a mile and a half left in the race today where I was still feeling good. So I just took the lead and pushed from there.”
In River Falls, Wisconsin, Mason Shea and his father Eric Rydland will celebrate Father’s Day on Saturday by participating in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon together. But first, Shea, 21, had a title to reclaim on Friday following a disappointing defence the previous year.
Shea made sure there wouldn’t be a race at the finish line this year by leaving his rivals behind with a mile and a half to go and winning the William A. Irvin 5K in 15 minutes, 40 seconds after winning the event in 2021 and losing by two seconds to come second in 2022.
He won the Irvin 5K for the second time in three years by 39 seconds over the rest of the competition.
“I really dropped the hammer for a little bit,” said Shea, who won in 2021 with a time of 16:26 before coming in second in 14:54 the previous year. “I felt good and didn’t want to lose a kick again.”
On Friday in Duluth, participants in the William A. Irvin 5K leave the starting area. (Source: Duluth News Tribune)
Shea has managed to lessen the level of competition in the men’s race in each of his two triumphs over the last three years, winning by more than a minute in 2021.
Shea runs cross country and track for the Blugolds and is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire majoring in statistics. As a result of the COVID-19 exemption he obtained for the 2020–21 season, he still has two years of eligibility left.
Shea credits his exposure to Grandma’s Marathon weekend to his father, who was raised in Duluth and attended Denfeld High School. Every summer, Shea said, the boys enjoy going on their excursions to Duluth. Tomorrow, he and his father will go for a run together, something they haven’t done since Shea was a senior in high school.
Shea said of Grandma’s Marathon weekend as,
“It’s super-fun,” .
“He got me back up here because he wanted to run the half really bad. He always looked up to it when he was a little kid. It’s going to be fun to run with him.”
At the William A. Irvin 5K on Friday in Duluth, participants received medals at the finish line. (Source: Duluth News Tribune)
Who is Flannery Cerbin-Bohach?
Flannery Cerbin-Bohach, who competed in the women’s division, showcased her extraordinary speed by finishing the William A. Irvin 5K in the 15th-fastest time ever by a female. She finished first in her division with a strong time of 18:00. She achieved a surprising 13th place overall among all competitors, taking into account both male and female finishers.
“I have spectated Grandma events before but never raced so this was my first time doing the 5k. I want to maximize my speed while I still have it and then once I start to lose Seed off I’ll go up in distance.”
Cerbin-Bohach, a former middle-distance runner at Luther College, has previously travelled to Duluth for Grandma’s Marathon weekend to cheer on her husband, Adam. He’ll run the marathon this coming Saturday.
The mother of two ran on Grandma’s Marathon weekend for the first time this year. Cerbin-Bohach claimed that she prefers 5K and 10K races since she likes to run quickly.
“I love the course, the views, and the long stretches on the other side of the mound are really beautiful,” said Cerbin-Bohach of the Irvin 5K, which she won on Friday by 56 seconds. “It’s just a really historically fast course and really competitive up front.”
This year’s William A. Irvin 5k had 2,152 finishers overall, which set a new record.
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