A wheelchair racer didn't escape unscathed, but he finished. So did kids running with Dad and a daughter running for Dad.
On a hot day, Marcelo Ordaz-Cruz finished his fifth Twin Cities Marathon a bit bloodied but unbowed.
After all, Ordaz-Cruz, 26, is accustomed to dealing with the unexpected. He was on the Interstate 35W bridge when it collapsed Aug. 1, and he barely avoided a tumble into the Mississippi River by steering his van into the guard rail. So a little tumble during Sunday's marathon wasn't going to stop him from finishing.
Ordaz-Cruz was cruising along at about the 19-mile mark when he lost his balance and overturned his racing wheelchair, scraping his hands and knees.
"I was going pretty fast," he said. "A police officer on a motorcycle was in front of me; he was on the right side and he crossed over to the left. It kind of confused me."
With the help of some spectators and volunteers, Ordaz-Cruz got back in the chair and got going again.
He finished ninth among men wheelchair racers with a time of 2:36:09.
Ordaz-Cruz was among runners who were profiled in the Star Tribune in the days leading up to the marathon. The others and their results:
Dennis Wallach, 50, of Chanhassan, made the Twin Cities Marathon his 100th marathon, and he finished it in a gun time of 3:01:07.
Stephanie Hodson, 25, of St. Anthony, ran in the memory of her late father, former St. Anthony Mayor Randy Hodson, and she finished in a gun time of 4:36:46.
Philip Shano, a 51-year-old Jesuit priest in St. Paul who was told he wouldn't run again because of the effects of surgery for Acoustic Neuroma, was not listed among race finishers.
|Toronto - LP: A. Loup||4||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: J. Outman||6|
|LA Angels - LP: H. Santiago||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: R. Porcello||2|
|Atlanta - LP: G. Schlosser||3||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. Valverde||4|
|Seattle - LP: T. Wilhelmsen||2||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: M. Dunn||3|
|St. Louis - LP: S. Maness||2||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: R. Soriano||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: Z. Duke||3||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: J. Gomez||2|
|NY Yankees - WP: P. Claiborne||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: H. Bell||1|
|Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes||8||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura||3|
|Cincinnati - WP: H. Bailey||8||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: C. Villanueva||2|
|Chicago WSox - WP: E. Johnson||16||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: R. Ross Jr.||2|
|Houston - LP: B. Peacock||1||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: J. Chavez||4|
|Philadelphia - WP: J. Diekman||10||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: M. Belisle||9|
|San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum||4||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: R. Erlin||3|
|Arizona - LP: J. Collmenter||1||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: J. Wright||4|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Matusz||5||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: E. Mujica||6|