Running: Cool running on a wet morning in Spicer
SPICER — In the long run, this Green Lake 12 miler Sunday may have been unique.
"This was probably the coldest ever," said Dan Hubbard, race director. "Sixty-three degrees; usually the EMT's are concerned about runners overheating.''
That's why the race has a beat-the-heat 7 a.m. start. Turns out, this time, noon would have been an ideal start as the sun pushed the clouds aside.
It rained, softly, throughout. No one could remember such a wet morning in the 43 years of the race-around-the-big-lake.
Pickle Events web site listed 175 finishers, the lowest in six years, with 33 registered runners not starting or not finishing.
Overall winner Bjorn Wastvedt had no problem with the damp morning.
"When you're running it helped you stay cool," said the 2016 runner-up who listed Des Moines as his hometown that year but listed Spicer, where his grandparents live, for this year's race.
The graduate student in philosophy at the University of Arizona said the race's mile markers were spot on, which he declared "rare" in his road-racing experience.
The 28-year-old finished in 1:13.47 for a more than two-minute advantage on Samuel Friesen of Deephaven. Friesen, a frequent summer visitor, also placed second last year, third in 2015 and was the 2014 champion.
Willmar native Roxanne Lorenz, 37, of Benson outpaced the female field (87 runners) in a time of 1:28.15. She's was about 45 seconds faster last year when she placed third. On their wedding anniversary, she and husband Bill (10th overall) topped the Team Category which had 14 entrants.
Chelsea Lundberg, 29, of Holloway moved up to second from seventh a year ago when there were 254 finishers.
Top 5 Male: Bjorn Wastvedt, Spicer, 28, 1:13.47; Sam Friesen, 23, Deephaven, 1:15.52; Dustin Maurer, 18, Cushing, 1:17.44; Chris Groth, 18, Annandale, 1:18.54; Joe Buckentine, 55, St. Cloud, 1:20.00
Top 5 Female: Roxanne Lorenz, 38, Benson, 1:28.15; Chelsea Lundberg, 29, Holloway, 1:30.03; Kristen Williamson, 27, Buffalo, 1:30.18; Samantha Hanson, 21, Spicer, 1:31.00; Kristine Duininck, Spicer, 1:31.25