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Run for the Cob draws record numbers

By Staff | Aug 6, 2012

The Run for the Cob 10K race featured 27 participants Saturday. The event is held annually during Sweet Corn Days. EDN photo by David Swartz

Sweet Corn Days 2012 annual Run for the Cob featured its first half-marathon race for the event on Saturday.

Samuel Fransen and Jeff Johnson, both of Jackson, Minn., set a torrid pace for the first-ever event with a 1-2 finish. The event started at 7 a.m. with 16 participants.

Fransen and Johnson both ran the event in under an hour and a half with Fransen, 20, clocking in at 1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds. Johnson, 43, finished the race in 1:27:32.

Brian Craig of Armstrong finished third in 1:35.32.

Fransen said he runs cross-country and track for Gustavus Adolphus College.

Andriette Wickstrom, 57, was the first female to finish with a time of 1:39.26. She was fourth overall with two other females not too far behind as Leah Hartung, 25, finished in 1:46.33 while Jody Wilson, 50, finished in 1:46.42.

Tina Burton, one of the organizers of the event, said this year’s Run for the cob had great participation.

Twenty-seven runners competed in the 10K race with 141 in the 5K. Also 52 took part in the 1-mile fun run for a total 236 participants.

Proceeds for the race benefit the Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted High School and Iowa Lakes Community College cross-country programs.

Winning the 10K race was 19-year-old Luke Hinton in 43 minutes, 58 seconds.

Melissa Skrepak was the top female runner as she finished in 47:42 to place fourth overall.

In the 5K race, 16-year-old Ryan Bauermeister won in 16:31. Kristin Ellrich was the female winner in 21:05. She placed 20th overall.

Complete race results can be found at www.raceplacechiptiming.com.