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October 30, 2011: Lester Park
Lester Park, the 9th race of the NMTC Fall Trail Series, took place at Lester Park in Duluth. Ninety-two people skipped watching a rare Vikings' win to run the 10.5k course.
Congratulations to Elaine Nelson for shattering her own course record by 2 minutes. Elaine ran 40:40, beating the record of 42:55 she set last year. Amanda Joyce also beat the course record, running a 42:41. Alyssa Hogan, Molly Pennings, and Jena Ogston also qualified for the Lester Park Best Time List by running under 50:00.
On the men's side, Eric Atkinson ran the 4th best time ever on this course, running a 36:54. Grant Johnson, Curtis Wheeler, Craig Hertz, Chris Rubesch, Paul Kimpling, and Eric Nordgren also made the Best Time List by running the course in under 40:00.
Pictures, courtesy of Eve Stein
Pictures, courtesy of Erik Riker-Coleman
October 23, 2011: Pumpkin Run Recap
Pumpkin Run Race Director
HARTMARK "THREE-PEATS" AT PUMPKIN RUN
CLOQUET, MN-- A record field of 316 runners and walkers participated in the sixth annual Pumpkin Run and Walk Five-Kilometer Race held at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet on Saturday, October 22.
Eric Hartmark of Duluth led all runners to the finish in a time of 16:17 and became the first three-time winner of the event, having previously won in 2009 and 2010. Ken Ripp of Cloquet was second overall and Andy Chapin of Duluth was third. In the women's division, Samantha Smith of Wright placed first with a time of 20:49. Kelly Grinsteinner of Sturgeon Lake was second and Marlo McGaver of Duluth finished in third place.
Many of the race participants helped celebrate the theme and season of the Pumpkin Run event by wearing costumes or orange and black clothing. Race winner Eric Hartmark garnered another prize in the costume division wearing his Hangman's garb. Other costume winners included the Two Little Pigs, Kate Middleton, a Pirate, Superman, Candyland, Luigi from Mario Brothers, a Green-Faced Witch, and the Bird Attack Lady. The Ken and CJ Ripp family earned an award for the best family ensemble.
The race course started on campus and then followed 14th Street going south to the Valley View neighborhood and then turned around on Harner Lane and returned along 14th Street to the campus.
Local businesses helped sponsor the race through prize and refreshment donations, including Super One Foods, Wal-Mart, Duluth Running Company, Tortoise & Hare Footwear, Culligan Water, Great Harvest Bread Co., Austin-Jarrow, Grandma's Marathon, Moe and Nevin Insurance Adjusters, Trapper Pete's Steakhouse, Mustache March Run, Mellin Promotional Advertising, Cub Foods and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Complete race results are available at www.myvira.com and a photo gallery will be posted on the college Facebook page.
October 23, 2011: Roughrider Recap
Seventy-four runners took part in the Roughrider today, the 8th race of the NMTC Fall Trail Series. Early-morning rains added much character to the race, the wet, muddy ground allowing runners to easily scale the small inclines on the course.
Eric, Andrew Hayes brought your Garmin back to the finish. Kevin Sternal also found a pair of running shoes on Becks road. Both items can be claimed at the next race or by calling Kris at 218-390-4784.
October 16, 2011: Hawk Ridge
Hawk Ridge, the 7th race of the NMTC Fall Trail Series, took place at, you guessed it, Hawk Ridge in Duluth. Almost a 100 runners turned out for the 6k race. This year the race unexpectedly ran through a Hawk Ridge birding group, providing runners the chance to bone up on their harrier and sharp-shin knowledge.
Pictures (courtesy of Eve Stein)