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Curling along the Foot Lake pathway shortly after departing the Flags of Honor, some of the 279 entries in the Memorial Day/Law Day 5k field head to Robbins Island.

279 run Robbins way , 14th race has record field

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WILLMAR — There are no losers at fitness events, just folks — young, old and in-between — encouraging a habit.

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Take John Vornholt. He started running these weekend citizen races at age 40.

On Saturday, now age 46, he came in 24th in a record field of 279 finishers at the 14th annual Memorial Day/Law Day 5k at Robbins Island. He’s ran in all four runs in the Glacial Lakes Championship Series this season, including the half-marathon at Glenwood.

More than that, he’s run 58 in a row over six years without missing.

“It’s a lot of pain,” he said, likely only half-joking. “I’ll run 25 to 30 (events) this year.”

The New London resident is a native of Fargo, where he attended South High School. He’s manager of the Kandi Mall.

After the masses cleared the chute in the Virgil Olson Beach parking lot, race director Dan Hubbard handed out the 2012 awards.

The overall winners were male, (tie) Mick Quinn of Willmar and Steve Lueders of Kandiyohi, and female, Tracy Sik, of Willmar.

Lueders ran 12th overall on Saturday; Sik was the first female.

Klint Van Heuveln, 20, running shirtless on the breezy, overcast morning, finished first in 18:56 followed 13 seconds later by 15-year-old Jack Erickson, a freshman at Willmar High School whose sports include Cardinal Nordic skiing.

Van Heuveln wrestled two years at Ridgewater College after a championship high school career at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. He said that he plans to run next fall for the Jamestown (N.D.) College Jimmies. Wrestling, at this time, is uncertain due to a recurring shoulder injury.

This race began in 2000 with 42 entries the first year. Starting from the Flags of Honor and recognizing military veterans, the race grew steadily in numbers reaching a record 250 finishers in 2011. Numbers dropped to 200 last year due to a heavy morning rain which delayed the start by 45 minutes.

The race attracts mainly runners from within Kandiyohi County, the hub of the series. The next event in the Glacial Lakes Championship Series is the Foot Lake 4 on June 22 which will cover some of these same footpaths. The next race in the area is the Running to a Sweet Beet 5k at Renville on June 8.

2013 Memorial/Law Day 5k

Results Saturday

At Robbins Island, Willmar

279 timed finishers

See Pickleevents.com for complete results

Top 25 males

(1) Klint VanHeuveln, Pennock, 18:56 (2) Jack Erickson, Willmar, 19:09 (3) Michael May, Willmar, 19:30 (4) Jaime Martinez, Willmar, 19:22 (5) Kevin VanHeuveln, Pennock, 19:30 (6) Marty Janning, Willmar, 19:43 (7) James Watt, Litchfield, 19:57 (8) Nate Hoberg, Raymond, 20:02 (9) Luis Terrones, Renville, 20:03 (10) Mike Sondrol, Willmar, 20:04 (11) Eric Lewis, Spicer, 20:13 (12) Steven Lueders, Kandiyohi, 20:14 (13) Bob Greeley, Silver Lake, 20:16 (14) Tom Ost, Willmar, 20:19 (15) Reagan Rice, Willmar, 20:24 (16) Joel Finsaas, New London, 20:30 (17) Ron Guetter, Willmar, 20:33 (18) Harley Anez, Wilmar, 20:38 (19) Ty Bisek, New London, 20:43 (20) Jamie Haugen, Olivia, 20:43 (21) Donald Jurek, Willmar, 20:44 (22) Dylan Rudningen, Sunburg, 20:46 (23) Ethan Hauge, Murdock, 20:46 (24) John Vornholt, New London, 21:10 (25) Allen Saunders, Benson, 21:23

Top 25 females

(1) Tracy Sik, Willmar, 21:01 (2) Heather Weckwerth, Montevideo, 36 (3) Monica Ashburn, Willmar, 22:14 (4) Kristin Woelfel, Belgrade, 22:36 (5) Mary Larue, Willmar, 22:46 (6) Danielle Barker, Atwater, 22:52 (7) Polly Ahrens, Renville, 22:57 (8) Jen Rauk, Northfield, 23:06 (9) Amy Pederson, New London, 23:54 (10) Paola Morrell, Willmar, 24:22 (11) Stacy Voves, Excelsior, 24:22 (12) Dawn Lagergren, Litchfield, 24:26 (13) Alisa Johnson, Pennock, 24:26 (14) Deb Hoberg, Danube, 24:29 (15) Katie Swenson, Willmar, 24:33 (16) Jennifer Blum, Paynesville, 24:54 (17) Sara Sand, Spicer, 24:58 (18) Heidi Ahmann, Willmar, 25;06 (19) Shelli Halbersma, Litchfield 25:16 (20) Jerri Liestman, Atwater, 25:27 (21) Meghan Reiman, Kandiyohi, 25:33 (21) Cindy Terrones, Renville, 25:33 (23) Trisha Appeldorn, Pennock, 25:54 (24) Angee Whitcomb, Lake Lillian, 26:16 (25) Makenna Kelley, New London, 26:26

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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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