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More than 200 compete in TurtleFest 5K-10K

By John George

It was another record-setting day for the 12th Annual Turtle Fest 5K and 10K runs last weekend. There were more than 195 competitors in the two races with 26 more in the 5K walk. At 221 competitors, this year's race was the second largest behind last year's total of 247.

"It's just so much fun," organizer Jim Lee said. "We get such a great crop of runners each year. The quality gets better and better."

The times keep getting lower and lower too. This year's 5K winner, Kenny Miller of Bemidji, dropped nearly 16 seconds off his first place time from a year ago. He won this year's 5K with a time of 15:48.94, he finished in 16:04 last year. Second place went to Ruairi Moynihan of Fargo. His time was 16:35.40.

The next three finishers were all Perham runners: David Krueger (17:10), Jordan Menze (17:17) and Alex Barney (18:16). Krueger is running for the University of Minnesota and Menze is running at Campbell University in North Carolina. Barney is going to be a junior at PHS this fall.

Heather Smith of Audubon won the Women's 5K race for the second time in three years with a time of 19:22.97. She also won the 2005 race. Nicole Weller of Perham finished fifth overall with a time of 23:26.64 and young 13-year-old Cassie Beseman was sixth in 23:27.21.

The Men's 10K was won by Brian Kinsey of Fargo with a time of 38:03.43. Kinsey was fourth overall last year with a time of 37:46.5. The top local finisher was 17-year-old Sam Huber, who finished ninth (46:03.73).

Christina Floding of Detroit Lakes won the Women's 10K with a time of 45:03.92. She finished third in the 10K at last year's race with a time of 43:10.45. Traci Humann of Richville was third overall (46:51.95).