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BAXTER - Early morning thunderstorms did nothing to hinder the 152 athletes who crossed the finish line in Sunday's Lakes Country Triathlon. Thomas Anderson III, 38, finished with a time of 1:03.18 to win in his first Lakes Country Triathlon. The Minneapolis resident, who has family ties to the lakes area, competed in three other triathlons in 2014 with one coming the day before the Lakes event. "I was into marathons and started cycling a bit and someone suggested that I should do a triathlon and I did and it was fun," said Anderson.
Participation was nearly tripled for The Northern Plaid Festival's 5K run/walk, with 100 people racing for the event's second year at The Northland Arboretum Saturday. The festival, which featured a 5K run/walk, live music from The District Band, family centered activities and vendors, was hosted by The Brighter Days Foundation of Brainerd. Baxter native Tom Lyscio, 24, crossed the finish line with a time of 20:26 to win the race in his first year participating. "I've only run about four 5K's, but I just like to really push myself to the point that I can't go any harder," said Lyscio.
Dig up your Paul Bunyan style gear and gather the family for a fun-filled day at the second annual Northern Plaid Festival 5K walk/run this Saturday at the Northland Arboretum. The festival was created in 2013 by the local Brighter Days Foundation as a way to bring families together to experience the joy of running and to raise money for the foundation's work in the community. "The running community here is growing every year, and it's so healthy for kids to have different motivations for running," said local athlete and foundation board member Christa Miller.
CROSBY — Two familiar faces paced the fourth annual Tri for a Cause on Saturday at Crosby Memorial Park. Long-time distance runner and triathlon newcomer Casey Miller, 35, was fourth in the swim, second on the bike and paced the run to help him finish with an overall time of 1:13.45 to win the event. "I'm training for an Ironman so trying to hit some of these shorter races along the way is kind of tricky because you usually train longer and slower and you come here and you have to go hard and fast," said Miller. "The training doesn't always mesh really well but one thing is I feel str
The Paul Bunyan Extreme 5K returns for its second year at Mount Ski Gull bigger and badder than ever Saturday. With more than 20 extreme obstacles, including six never seen before, there will be no shortage of mud-covered challenges on the 3.2-mile course. "I never make anything just as it seems," Paul Bunyan Extreme 5K founder Eric Anderson said. "I tried to make every obstacle more fun and more challenging.
First-time half-marathon participants Matt Schadow and Kari Brown won the 13th annual Sour Grapes 10K/Half Marathon at Northland Arboretum on Saturday. For Schadow, 35, his first-place finish was a surprise. He finished with a time of 1:20.18. "I had no idea I'd be the winner," he said. "I wasn't really in the lead until about six miles or so in. Up until then, I was just running.
Reigning Run for the Lakes champion Casey Miller, 35, Baxter, recorded his fifth and possibly last win Saturday in Nisswa. Since its first run in 2008, Miller has participated in the Run for the Lakes six times, only dropping first place once to friend Pat Russell in 2012. “I knew I wasn’t going to run a good time,” said Miller. “That wasn’t the purpose of today. I’ve just always run this race. I think honestly it’s mostly the reason I signed up. People expect me to run it. I’ve really enjoyed this race, though, and it’s tough to stop.
Devin Annable tapped in a goal after a scoreless first period and the Brainerd Warriors notched their fourth straight win by beating Anoka-Hennepin 3-0 Wednesday at Riverside Elementary School. Zachary Denny and Jacob Heinlen also scored goals in the Warriors’ fourth shutout victory of the season. Jake Heikenen, Dalton Schreier, Cody Vleck and Brock Saatzer each added an assist and goalie Harlee Annable saved six shots for the Warriors.
Kelly Pearson smacked eight kills and collected five digs as the Central Lakes College Raiders finished their regular season Wednesday night with a 3-0 Northern Division victory over Itasca. The division champion Raiders, who are ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA Division III poll, finished 14-0 in division play and reeled off their 16th straight win. CLC won 11 of its 14 division matches by 3-0 sweeps.
Michelle Andres fulfilled a lifelong goal when she completed the Ironman World Championship Oct. 12 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The 35-year-old finished third in her age category and 493rd overall with her time of 9:50.23. Andres said she was the fourth-fastest female American amateur and the world’s 11th-fastest female amateur. She completed the 2.4-mile swim in 1:09.06, the 112-mile bike ride in 5:14.29 and the 26.2-mile marathon run in 3:20.53.