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Jim Lee, third from right, starts the 15th annual Turtle Fest 5k-10k road race, while nearly 300 racers jostle for position.

Another record-setting year for Turtle Fest Road Race

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Drizzly and cool weather didn't stop 294 entrants from racing in the Turtle Fest Road Race, in fact, the drizzle added to the numbers of entrants.

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"I was hoping for 270," said Race Organizer Jim Wallin. "You just don't know and weather has a lot to do with it. We had perfect conditions to run. Runners that are really good runners would rather run in those cloudy conditions than sunshine."

27 more racers than last year's record-setting group of 267 packed the starting line near the golf course.

Holly Crothers, of Bismarck, N.D., was participating in her first race.

"You start running and it just kind of gets in your blood," she said.

72 years of life were represented in this year's race from eight-year-old Gunnar Anderson, of Perham, to 80-years-young Ray Hardman from Park Rapids.

When asked how he felt after the 5k run, which he finished in 33.04.12, ahead of nine other runners of the men's 5k, he said, "It was okay."

Bruce Stoddard, of Vergas, who is visually impaired, finished the 10k, along with his partner Patty Jaeger.

"The people on the course were so awesome," Jaeger said. "They were very encouraging. What a good community we live in."

Philip Nelson and Keith Schornack, both of Perham, were one-two in the men's 5k run. Nelson finished in 17:26.49. Schornack a few seconds behind at 17:44.05.

On the women's side, Barbara Arntson, of East Grand Forks, crossed first in the 5k with a time of 19:18.74. Arntson finished nearly two minutes faster than second place, Moorhead's Heather Smith at 21.14.36.

Perham's Nick Carignan, 15, finished runner up in the men's 10k to Moorhead's James Kraisa, 23. Carignan finished at 38.43.20 to Kraisa's 34.12.98.

Amanda Dettman, of Hutchinson, took the women's 10k finishing with a time of 43:49.42. Richfield's Nicole Andersen took the second spot running 47:09.37.

Local runners from New York Mills, Perham, Dent, Vergas and Frazee made up 15 percent of the field with visiting runners coming from the surrounding region, the quad-state area, Manitoba and even two runners, Ruth and Matthew Sebastian from Merced, Calif.

Four men participated in the 5k walk won by Dent's Donald McGuire, who finished in 33:40.37. The women's 5k, a field of 26 walkers, was won by Kris Schuett of Perham, who won by over six minutes with a time of 36:11.88.

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Robert Williams
Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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