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Record setting group races in Harrier Half Marathon and 5k

Runners from Saturday's Harrier Half Marathon and 5k constituted the largest road race in Perham history. Robert Williams/FOCUS

PERHAM — Perham’s Brady Speicher won for the second week in a row and made it two years straight as champion of the Harrier Half Marathon Saturday at Arvig Park.

McKenzie Holt, of St. Cloud, won the women’s half marathon with an impressive overall finish of fourth place.

Speicher ran 1:20.48 leading from start to finish as he prepares for his sophomore cross country season at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

As a senior at St. Cloud Christian last fall, Holt placed 11th overall in the Class A girls’ state cross country meet. Her fourth place half marathon time was 1:30.16.

Troy Ivesdal (1:22.06) and Perham cross country member Jacob Dickerson (1:29.25) finished as runner-up and in third place, followed by Brent Hanson (1:31.30) and Chase Lietz (1:32.18), both of Perham.

Nathan Coleman, of Dent, ran 20:45 to take the top spot in the 5k race. Paige Larson ran 21:28 to finish as the runner-up and women’s champion in a time of 1 22:12.

220 registered racers participated in both races making Saturday’s group the largest field in the five-year race history and also was the largest road race ever run in Perham.

The Harrier is a fundraiser for the successful Perham Cross Country programs.

Many members of the cross country program, current and past, along with their parents volunteer to make the race a success, including course set-up, preparing race packets and working safety, registration and water stops along the two raceways.

“Really cool seeing close to 10 former Perham cross country parents helping out today,” Race Organizer Jeff Morris said. “We had close to 50 volunteers today who made this happen.”

For full results from Saturday’s races visit

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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