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One of the two sections of the Lower Foot Lake Bike Trail under water at about 4 p.m. Thursday, even before another downpour that evening. The flooded train has created a short detour for Saturday's Foot Lake 4 race. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

20th Foot Lake 4 race will sidestep high water

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 WILLMAR —Runners and walkers at the 20th Foot Lake 4 on Saturday morning will take the high-road early in the race to avoid long puddles on the Lower Foot Lake Bike Trail paralleling Highways 23/71.

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Race Director Darci Mohr met with Sgt. Mike Anderson of the Willmar Police Department Friday morning to formulate a plan for rerouting race participants around water-covered areas of the trail along the lake.

 One lane of the four-lane divided highway will be closed so runners and walkers can continue along the shoulder and avoid long stretches of submerged trail.

Racers will also remain on the tarred path throughout Robbins Island to avoid muddy areas along the wooded trails.

 The forecast for the Willmar area appears dry and sunny through Saturday, so organizers are not anticipating any further problems.

 Same-day registration takes place near the ambulance garage east of the hospital on Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.  Last year, a record 522 runners were timed, The entry fee includes the Willmar firefighters pancake breakfast.

 
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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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