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Turtlefest 5K and 10K races draw 200+ area runners

Ben Sullivan No. 8O9 and teammates Chris Knutson No. 859, and Jayden Cullen, far right, finished third, fourth and second, respectively in the Turtlefest 5K. Robert Williams/FOCUS

PERHAM — The Turtlefest 5K and 10K runs drew 240 runners to Perham for both races Saturday morning continuing a history of drawing big crowds for summer runs.

“I give lots of credit to Co-Race Director Mandie Kjelshus and the cross country team runners, boosters and sponsors,” Co-Race Director Jeff Morris said. “It could not happen without Mandi and the team.”

The 5K ended in a tight group led by Connor Danielson of Fergus Falls who won the event in a time of 17:01.3. Behind him was a three-pack of Yellowjacket runners led by cross country team pacesetter Jayden Cullen (17:39.4), Ben Sullivan (17:57.5) and Chris Knutson (18:39.3). Fargo’s Amy Fredrickson was the top female finisher with a 10th place overall time of 20:20.0.

Peter Masse made it a sweep for Fergus Falls runners with a winning 10K time of 41:08.6. Mitch Bauske of Fargo was second (41:21.7), followed by Perham’s Brent Hanson with a time of 45:07.7. Perham freshman Brynnan Covington was the top female finisher in 46:06.2, which was good for a solid sixth place out of 62 runners. Raenna Covington (49:47.7) cracked the top 10 with a ninth place finish.

178 runners participated in the 5K. 5K Age bracket winners: Male 13-under: Hunter Hayes, Wasilla 21:03.6. Female 13-under: Erika Fenstad, Saint Cloud 23:24.4. Male 14 to 19: Danielson, Fergus Falls 17:01.3. Race champion. Female 14 to 19: Katie Bye, Fargo 20:53.8. Male 20-29: Devin Witt, Henning 21:11.7. Female 20-29: Taryn Brenna, Fargo 20:31.8. Male 30-39: Andy Riewer, Frazee 19:51.7. Female 30-39: Fredrickson, Fargo 20:20.0. Male 40-49: Chad Sletmoen, Detroit Lakes 26:09.8. Female 40-49: Christa Hayes, Wasilla 23:43.6. Male 50-59: John Peterson, Fargo 20:01.8. Female 50-59: Lori Hendrickx, Ottertail 27:41.2. Male 60-69: John Lyons, Grafton 25:44.9. Female 60-69: Bonni Johnson, Perham 36:20.2. Male 70+: Jerrod Busker, Detroit Lakes 22:11.4.

62 runners participated in the 10K. 10K Age bracket winners: Male 13-under: Titus Seland, Fergus Falls 54:05.2. Male 14 to 19: Nathan Coleman,Dent 50:37.9. Female 14 to 19: Brynnan Covington, Perham 46:06.2. Male 20-29: Masse, Fergus Falls 41:08.6. Race Champion. Female 20-29: Alissa Lepp, Perham 51:48.8 Male 30-39: Hanson, Perham 45:07.7. Female 30-39: Sarah Moore, Alexandria 51:33.6. Male 40-49: Raenna Covington, Perham 49:47.7. Female 40-49: Raenna Covington, Perham 49:47.7. Male 50-59: Doug Bakkene, Worthington 45:34.6. Female 50-59: Vicki Singer, N/A 53:45.2. Male 60-69: Timothy Peil, Vergas 48:41.1. Female 60-69: Joyce Rohrich, Battle Lake 59:14.5. Male 70+: Jim Lee, Dent 56:57.0. For full race results 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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