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Melissa Radel of New London reaches the finish line with frost on her eyelashes after running the 3.1-mile Frozen 5K in 24:55. She finished seventh among the female runners and 35th overall. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Running: Vossen, Gehrking titlists at Frozen 5k

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

SPICER -- A masked posse of 94 runners and five walkers took on the sub-zero temperature and a 3.1-mile road course at the sixth annual Frozen 5k on Saturday morning along Green Lake.

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With barely a breeze and the mercury at minus-8, this edition was a stroll in the park compared to the last two years. In 2009, the temperature was 13-below with a wind chill of minus-30; so cold that the distance was cut in half. A year ago, 90 runners competed in the rain.

Kyler Vossen, 17, of Willmar reached the finish line at Melvin's on the Lake in 19:10. He was followed by Marty Janning, 44, also of Willmar, in 19:14 and Ben Burgett, 14, of Spicer in 19:22.

Lori Gehrking, 49, of Willmar, repeated as the first female finisher in 22:18. She was 15th overall. Amy Morrell, 41, of Spicer came in next in 22:47 and Kristine Duininck, 37, Spicer, in 23:39 placed third in the division.

The turnout was well below the record of 233 participants in 2007.

Men's Results

(Place, name, age, city, time)

1. Kyler Vossen, 17, Willmar 19:10

2. Marty Janning, 46, Willmar 19:14

3. Ben Burgett, 14, Spicer 19:22

4. Joe Degroot, 24, Prinsburg 19:59

5. Bob Greeley, 40, Silver Lake 20:08

6. Scott Ergen, 49, St. Cloud 20:39

7. Nate Hobgerg, 21, Roseland 21:05

8. Kai Chritianson, 14, Spicer 21:06

9. Gary Geer, 43, Brooten 21:14

10. Allen Saunders, 55, Benson 21:21

11. Pat Thieschafer, 34, New London 21:27

12. Drue Backhaus, 17, Willmar 22:05

13. Randy Zimmerman, 48, Paynesvll 22:10

14. Rob Randall, 54, Ortonville 22:11

15. John Vornholt, 44, New London 22:14

16. Jay Lawton, 53, Willmar 22:24

17. Mike Sondrel, 31, Willmar 22:36

18. Dean Madsen, 41, Willmar 22:58

19. Joshua Starr, 11, Willmar 23:14

20. Tom Ost, 51, Willmar 23:16

21. Jon Ahrens, 35, Renville 23:33

22. Doug Wessling, 57, Spicer 23:37

23. Collin Plafcan, 24, Maple Grove 23:47

24. Terry Ergen, 44, Mora 23:51

25. Ray Cyr, 67, Willmar 24:09

26. Craig Lippert, 55, Olivia 24:12

27. Forrest Peterson, 62, Willmar 24:15

28. David Kilpatrick, 39, Spicer 24:31

29. Richard Score, 57, Spicer 24:34

30. Bruce Shuck, 57, Sunburg 24:37

31. Mark Bredehoeft, 49, Willmar 24:45

32. Caleb Hinkkanen, 24, Marshall 25:13

33. Darin Ditterich, 24, Willmar 25:14

34. Herb Jones, 52, Sioux Falls, S.D. 25:37

35. Jeremy Fischer, 31, Olivia 26:17

36. Riley Gardner, 13, Willmar 26:30

37. Lachlan Smith, 59, Spicer 27:10

38. John O'Neill, 59, Bird Islandv 27:22

39. Nicholas Opjorden, 26, Milan 27:47

40. Nathan Pederson, 29, New London 28:21

41. Dave Baker, 48, Willmar 28:27

42. Jarrett Hubbard, 29, Willmar 29:12

43. Evan Jones, 72, Saint Cloud 29:19

44. Michael Bateman, 51, New London 29:24

45. John Allinder, 46, Willmar 29:30

46. Jeff Heerdt, 55, Hector 29:48

47. Luther Opjorden, 66, Milan 29:53

48. Dane Kallevig, 44, Willmar 30:06

49. Sam Burgett, 8, Spicer 30:48

50. Jacob Starr, 9, Willmar 31:26

51. Stephen Gardner, 41, Willmar 31:28

52. Jordin Larsen, 30, Milan 31:50

53. John Laughlin, 61, Spicer 32:51

54. Peter Sook, 47, Litchfield 32:55

55. Jeff Nagel, 57, Willmar 38:20

Female Results

(Place, name, age, city, time)

1. Lori Gehrking, 49, Willmar 22:18

2. Amy Morrell, 41, Spicer 22:47

3. Kristine Duininck, 37, Spicer 23:29

4. Jen Rauk, 37, Northfield 24:06

5. Jessica Degroot, 17, Prinsburg 24:18

6. Wendy Foley, 43, Litchfield 24:50

7. Melissa Radel, 42, New London 24:55

8. Alisa Johnson, 32, Pennock 24:59

9. Samantha Calvin, 19, Raymond 25:04

10. Deb Hoberg, 44, Blomkest 25:18

11. Sara Sand, 34, Spicer 25:50

12. Annie Liestman, 35, Grove City 25:50

13. Lisa Babler, 39, Olivia 26:18

14. Lisa Reeck, 25, Paynesville 26:37

15. Kristen Woelfel, 34, Belgrade 26:41

16. Jackie Johnson, 18, Spicer 26:45

17. Lynn Johnson, 54, Spicer 26:48

18. Erica Sullivan, 29, Sartell 26:50

19. Shelli Halbersma, 30, Litchfield 27:42

20. Amy Pederson, 25, New London 27:46

21. Trish Thieschafer, 33, New London 27:55

22. Julie Bateman, 50, New London 28:00

23. Melissa Neal, 22, Murdock 28:09

24. Angee Whitcomb, 41, Lake Lillian 29:00

25. Tracey Kalkbrenner, 43, Atwater 29:08

26. Carmen Clementson, 55, Willmar 29:11

27. Carol Wood, 61, Willmar 29:26

28. Nancy Allinder, 46, Willmar 29:30

29. Rebecca Iverson, 28, Willmar 30:28

30. Krista Lautenschlager, 23, Belgrade 32:08

31. Lori Tjaden, 43, Sunburg 32:17

32. Ann Day, 64, Willmar 32:45

33. Allison Heilman, 36, Hutchinson 33:25

34. Tina Kretsch, 40, Andover 34:02

35. Susan Thorsrud, 43, Spicer 34:03

36. Celeste Dieken, 25, Clara City 34:38

37. Vickie Cyr, 61, Willmar 35:18

38. Jessica Lapoint, 25, Spicer 35:31

39. Beth Helgeson, 25, New London 35:31

40. Missy Butler, 44, Willmar 36:43

41. Molly Studniski, 22, Rochester 43:37

42. Brianna Reiner, 17, Sartell 43:38

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