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YMCA Fun Run a good time for all ages

WORTHINGTON -- It was a lovely night for a run at Olson Park Campground on Wednesday and the participants in the YMCA Fun Run took advantage of it. "Overall it was a fun event," said YMCA program director CJ Nelson. "It's a beautiful night out an...

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YMCA Sanford Fun Run competitors fly out of the gate at Olson Park on Wednesday. Left to right Cameron Jensen, Andrew Johnson, Graeme Cuminskey, Damon Onner, Kristen Brondbo, David Uitterflesch, Maggie Gaudian, Angela Thiner. TIM MIDDAGH / DAILY GLOBE

WORTHINGTON -- It was a lovely night for a run at Olson Park Campground on Wednesday and the participants in the YMCA Fun Run took advantage of it.

“Overall it was a fun event,” said YMCA program director CJ Nelson. “It’s a beautiful night out and I think the people that came had a good fun night.”

The Fun Run featured three races -- a half mile, a mile and a 5K. For the first time in the event’s 30-plus year history, a female runner won the 5K. Kristen Brondbo ran it in 18 minutes, 26 seconds and followed by Cameron Jensen at 20 minutes, 48 seconds and Andrew Johnson at 21 minutes, 42 seconds.

“It was very good,” Brondbo said. “I was trying to do this like it was a competition even though there weren’t that many people. I like the one hill we had on the course. I like when it’s flat.”

The half-mile race featured some very young and enthusiastic runners. They sprinted out of the gates in a flurry and didn’t slow down until they reached the finish line. Kaden Kamphanh crossed the finish line first at 3 minutes, 48 seconds, followed closely by Claire Meyer at 3 minutes, 45 seconds. Easton Hostikka (4 minutes, 45 seconds), Drew Hostikka (5 minutes, 1 second) and Lily Gaudian (6 minutes, 27 seconds) rounded out the Top 5.

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“It’s usually a lot of fun just watching the little kids go,” Nelson said. “They have mom and dad running beside them yelling ‘go, go, go’ and holding their hands, taking breaks. Watching them come across the finish line is always a good time.”

The mile run was a two-person race as Kip Jensen (7 minutes, 31 seconds) and Tank Vanlo (7 minutes, 33 seconds) ran side by side for most of the race and pulled away from the pack. Jensen was just able to turn on the jets in the home stretch to cross the finish line first. Angela and Kenadie Thiner crossed the finish line side by side with times of 8 minutes, 46 seconds and 8 minutes, 47 seconds to take third and fourth while Natya Khamphanh finished in 9 minutes, 42 seconds.

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