Tribune photo by Rand Middleton
Starting at the head of the pack where they would finish are Kadie Hokanson (red head band), Mike Heinen (shirtless on March 17) and Kyle Eckhoff at the first St. Patrick's Day Red Beard 7k run. The start was on Kandiyohi County Road 24 paralleling hole No. 1 at the Eagle Creek Golf Club which had opened a day earlier.
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WILLMAR -- It was not a typical mid-March morning in Minnesota nor were the nearly 200 runners in ordinary gear.
The event was the 1st annual St. Patrick's Day Red Beard 7k (4.23 mile) run held on the city's north flank.
The mercury already was pushing 60 degrees at the 9 a.m. start under a bright sky.
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