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40th season of turtle racing underway in Perham

Jan Wilson, a summer resident of Little Pine Lake, cut loose on her whistle Wednesday morning as a mud turtle reached the finish line on the first day of the International Turtle Races in Perham. Brian Hansel/FOCUS1 / 3
Kilee Pyle of Papillion, Neb., left, whacked her plastic tub on the bricks along with other turtle racers Wednesday at Turtle Park in an effort to make her red-tagged entry proceed to the finish line. Brian Hansel/FOCUS2 / 3
Perham's Chelty Tuman, left, Bri Tuman and Ryker Tuman participated in Wednesday's first day of Turtle Races at Turtle Park. Brian Hansel/FOCUS3 / 3

A field of 103 racers competed last Wednesday as the 40th year of Perham International Turtle Racing kicked off at Turtle Park.

Nathan Becker of Lincoln, Neb. took top honors. Second and third place finishers were Nebraska's Hunter Van Hoozer and Oklahoma's Samantha Baumann.

Miss Perham Outstanding Teen Hannah Beck was among the throng who attended the opening day of racing.

Turtle races are held every Wednesday in June, July and August at Turtle Park. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with races beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Perham Chamber of Commerce looks for the number of racers to increase to 500 by July.