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Curley, Helmer lead the way on record-setting day at Saints Fennessy 4K

John Curley and Anna-Britta Helmer were the first across the finish line on Saturday, leading the way on a record-setting day at the 2024 Saint Fennessy 4K.

After setting a new registration record with 850 participants signed up, 721 of those crossed the finish line Saturday morning to set another record for the St. Patrick’s Day-themed event, now in its 11th year.

Duluth’s Curley won the event for the second time, finishing in a time of 12:18 that was the second-fastest in event history and nearly two minutes better than the runner-up Mark Goettel. Curley also won the event in 2022 and is the first two-time men’s winner in the event’s history.

Britta Helmer was the women’s winner, finishing in 16:31 and just one second ahead of last year’s winner, Sasha Wahman. After running together the entire race, the two friends celebrated their 1-2 finish with a cartwheel shortly after crossing the finish line.

Ammie O’Connor was the non-binary winner, finishing in a time of 27:32.