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Turtle Fest Half-Marathon, 5K and 10K on Saturday

A staple to Perham’s Turtle Fest returns for its 22nd running on Saturday, June 17 which is the annual Turtle Fest Road Race. This year’s event features three different running events, which includes a half marathon, a 5K race and a 10K race.

Last year was the first year of the combined Harrier Half Marathon and the Turtle Fest 5K and 10K. The annual event was a success last year and continues to be one of the primary fundraisers for the state power Perham Cross Country running program.

The registration fee prior to the day of the event for the 5K and 10K is $25, while it’s $30 on race day. The registration fee for the half marathon is $40 for pre-registered racers, while it’s $45 on race day. Registered competitors will receive a sports hat or a sports visor when they pick up their race packets. Packet Pick-up and pre-registration will be offered on Friday, June 16 at 6 p.m. at the Perham Area Community Center. Race day registration and packet pick-up will take place, beginning at 5:45 a.m.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female in their age group, while the top overall male and female for each race will receive awards as well.

The 2016 event drew its biggest amount of competitors in its rich history. The event had 270 people register, with 243 members finishing their race. The 5K had more than 140 finishers, while the 10K had 43 runners and half-marathon had more than 60 runners finish the race.

Perham’s Hunter Kjelshus won last year’s half marathon. He finished with a time of one hour, 24 minutes and 29.15 seconds. Mackenzie Foltz was the top female finisher in the half marathon. She finished with a time of 1:37:35.85.

Brandon O’Hara was the 10K winner last year, finishing with a time of 38:49.55. Mason McDonald won the 5K, finishing with a time of 18:14.23.

The 2017 Turtle Fest Half-Marathon, 5K and 10K begins at 7 a.m. with the start of the half-marathon, while the 5 and 10K events kick off at 9 a.m. at Arvig Park in Perham. Interested participants can register online at

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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