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Athletic Run well supported [UPDATED]

Published 9:38am Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Updated 11:45am Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I want to thank everyone who helped make the Athletic Republic Run a success again this year. We had 1,309 registrants this year, up from 1,025 last year with ages ranging from 2 to 82 years! Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Army Asia, Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin were all represented in the race.

In addition to setting the record for total number of participants, there were several other records broken this year: Corina Mark, Dalton, set a 1-mile course record for females by 6 seconds with a time of 8:01; Demara Bumgardner, Elbow Lake, set the 5k course record by 2 seconds with a time of 20:48; and the female team of Maria Hanson and Heidi Retzlaff set the women’s relay record by 12 minutes with a time of 1:45:15. Congratulations record breakers!

Special thanks to Jake Krohn with Pickle Events, Giving Back Jack, our sponsors, volunteers, city officials, policemen and EMT’s for all of the help and continued support.

Without everyone working as a team Fergus Falls would not be able to host such a great event!

Thank you also to all of our participants. Many of you were out there for the first time while some are seasoned racers. The awareness groups did very well promoting theircauses.

It is great to see the effort and determination everybody puts in to do their best and we hope to see you allback next year.

Thank you to the area businesses for understanding the driving and parking disruptions throughout the morning.

Many of our racers spent time in our community whether they ate here, bought goods here or spent the evening here. Many out-of-towners voiced that they will be back.

And thanks to our main event sponsors: Service Food, Pemberton Law Firm, Lakes Radio, Bremer Bank,Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Daily Journal, MinnesotaMotors, Tag-Up, Otter Tail Telcom/Park Region, Ottertail Power Company, Coleman Seeds, Reinertson Construction, RDO Equipment, Fergus Chiropractic and Endreson Farms.

Jarrod Asmus, Run Coordinator, also deserves a huge thank you. His knowledge, attention to detail and work ethic has truly put thisrace on the map!

Once again, thank you to the community of Fergus Falls for helping Athletic Republic host this inspiring event! We look forward to what next year will bring. Save the date, the race will be on Saturday, June 7th, 2014!


Karoline Gustafson

Athletic Republic Sports Trainer


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