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June 28, 2010: Dogwood 5k Recap
Dogwood 5k Race Director
Peterson Becomes First Three-Time Dogwood Champion
Recent Ironwood High School graduate Alan Peterson became the first three-time men's champion at the Thirteenth Dogwood 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk in Saxon on Sunday, June 27.
Peterson, who also won in 2007 and 2008, ran the Dogwood course in a time of 16:34. Of the 13 Dogwood runs held, 11 of them have been won with times under 17 minutes. The men's course record was set in 2006 by Ryan Holm with a time of 15:51.
Kari Strand of Ironwood won her second title of the season with a time of 21:50. Strand, who also won the John Jarvi Jr. Memorial 10K in May, is the current "Run the Range" leader after two events. The women's course record was set in 1999 by Sara Holewinski with a time of 20:12.
Longtime Dogwood participant Glen Hill of Maple, WI set the 60 – 69 age group record for a second consecutive year with a time of 21:53, besting his 2009 time of 22:17. "Glen is one of the true ambassadors of the sport of running in our region," said Race Director Mark Massoglia.
The Dan and Sharon Ofstad family of Saxon won the Family Participation trophy.
The 2010 Dogwood 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk had a total of 117 participants with 90 runners and 27 walkers.
"This is the first time since 2006 that we had at least 90 runners, with the vast majority being from the Gogebic Range," said Massoglia. "Most of our age groups had anywhere from 9 to 13 runners."
In addition to the many volunteers who helped in the Dogwood, Massoglia also wants to thank the Saxon-Gurney Lions Club for presenting the event and the following sponsors: Giacomino Trucking, Anna B. Rose Kennels, Bob Rowe & Sons Construction, Custom Slashing Short Wood Processing, Frontier Bar and Campgrounds, Saxon Pub, Inc., Dale Ofstad & Sons Forest Products, Rowe's Auto Body, Northland Accounting Services, Munch's Bear Trap Inn, and Northland Firewood Services.
June 10, 2010: Billy Mills to Speak at Fond du Lac
Director of Public Information
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
OLYMPIC CHAMPION BILLY MILLS TO SPEAK AT FOND DU LAC TRIBAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Nationally-known speaker and Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will be speaking at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on Wednesday, June 16, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the amphitheater. The presentation is open to the public and admission is free. A reception with refreshments and an opportunity to meet Mills will take place after his presentation.
Community members are invited to join the students and staff at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to hear his memorable story and important message presented by Mills.
A member of the Oglala Lakota tribe in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Mills won the gold medal in the 10,000 meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He is the only American to win gold in the 10,000 meter event. As a virtual unknown entering the Olympics, Mills' victory is one of the all-time great upsets in running history. Mills' account of the race during his presentation is both mesmerizing and inspiring. His message centers on never quitting and keeping the quest for personal excellence.
In his presentation, Mills will tell of how he surprised himself that day with his record-breaking time and monumental upset victory. But he also will share that he was not surprised that his philosophy of persevering against all odds had paid off.
Mills' life story was made into the feature film "Running Brave" in 1983. Mills is the author of Lessons of a Lakota: A Young Man's Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding.
In 2000, Mills was selected by Sports Illustrated Magazine as the top athlete of the century for the State of South Dakota. Runner's World Magazine selected the 1964 Olympic 10,000 meter race as one of the Top Ten Olympic Track Races of the Century, and named Mills as one of the "20 Spirits That Moved Running in the Century."
After the Olympics, Mills finished his career in the U.S. Marine Corps as an officer assigned to the Department of the Interior. He later became a successful life insurance salesman, then switched careers to become a professional speaker. He and his wife Patricia live in Sacramento, California.
Mills uses his speaking skills as an advocate for and as a role model to young Native Americans. He is the national spokesman for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, a non-profit organization that helps communities with self-sufficiency programs, youth activities and cultural identity projects.
Mills' appearance is sponsored by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. For more information, contact Tom Urbanski, Director of Public Information, at 218-879-0820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 6, 2010: Panther Pant Pics
Pictures from Friday's Panther Pant in Superior, courtesy of Eve Stein.
June 2, 2010: Final NMTC Results
The Magney-Snively Run, the last race of the NMTC Spring Trail Series, took place today at the Magney-Snively ski area off Skyline Boulevard. Congratulations to Tyler Kjorstad, the men's series winner, and Suzi Smith, the women's series winner. Tyler and Suzi each won a pair of Salomon trail shoes for their victories.
Thanks to Gene Curnow of the NMTC and Clint Agar, Andrea Agar, and Tony Stensland of the Duluth Running Co for organizing the series. Also, a big thank you to all who participated - see you in September!
Pictures courtesy of Eve Stein. See all of Eve's Magney-Snively pictures at her Picasa Site.
May 31, 2010: Run the Range Point Standings
The first race of the Run the Range Series kicked off last weekend with the John Jarvi Jr Memorial Run on Saturday. Kari Strand is currently the women's point leader with 30 points. Janet DiGiorgio, Jennifer Quigley, and Marianne Andersen are in second with 20 points. In the men's division, Keith Johnson and Michael McPherson are neck-and-neck with 20 points each. Louie Jagla and Anthony Culbert are close behind with 18 points.
Full point standings are available here:
Points standings courtesy of Mark Massoglia.