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Despite a 7 a.m. start, the temp already neared 80 degrees, with a similar humidity, for the 39th annual Green Lake Road Race Saturday in Spicer. These runners, a half-mile into the 12-mile race on Lake Avenue South, will be shaded from the hot sun much of the first five miles, from left: Jared and Harley Anez of Willmar, Krysta Tanico (125) of Minneapolis, Katrina Balvance, second from right, of Rosemount and Kelsey Frank (26) of Battle Lake. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

259 sweat out 12-mile Green Lake Road Race

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SPICER — As one runner, drenched by sweat, commented after a 12-mile spin around Green Lake Saturday: “I guess this is what we should expect in July.”

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It was 76 degrees and muggy at 7 a.m. when 259 runners departed Saulsbury Beach on Lake Avenue South for the 39th running of a nearly half-marathon.

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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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