McCandless takes 5th in Twin Cities

ST. PAUL — Tyler McCandless, the three-time winner of the Kauai Marathon, placed fifth Sunday at the U.S. marathon championship in Twin Cities.

He finished with a time of two hours, 15 minutes and 26 seconds, less than two minutes behind the winner. 

During this year’s Kauai Marathon, McCandless, of Boulder, Colo., entered the half marathon and was aiming to break an hour, five minutes over 13.1 miles and raise money for youth health programs on the island. 

While he came up short, he set a course record of 1:07:17.

A first-time marathoner from North Carolina won the 33rd annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

Tyler Pennel crossed the finish line Sunday in two hours, 13 minutes, 33 seconds. The 26-year-old is from Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Jared Ward of Provo, Utah, finished second in 2:14:01. Smith was third in 2:14:40.

Twenty-eight-year-old Esther Erb of Richmond, Virginia, won the women’s division in 2:34:01.

Pennel and Erb also claimed USA Marathon Championship titles in Sunday’s race.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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