Catching up with some stories of a marathon

  • Updated: October 7, 2007 - 10:41 PM

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.

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