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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton About 90 runners and walkers set off in light rain and 35 degrees for the fifth annual Frozen 5k in Spicer on Saturday. Conrad Bostron (6) would win the 3.1-mile January jaunt in 19:33. Lori Gehrking was the women's winner in 24:47. The complete results will appear in Tueday's paper.

Bostron, Gehrking win Frozen 5k titles

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SPICER -- A run in winter is no time for a spring rain.

Showers fell Saturday morning sapping what had might have been a record field.

Instead of over 200 runners -- the record is 233 in 2007) -- only 90 runners and walkers finished the Fifth annual WinterFest Frozen 5k.

A digital billboard at the south entrance to Spicer showed the race- time temperature at 35 degrees.

The mild conditions couldn't offset rain and the threat of dangerous travel.

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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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