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New Richmond native Joe Klescewski finished fourth overall in the Gopher to Badger Half Marathon.

Gopher to Badger Half Marathon draws large crowd of local runners

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Gopher to Badger Half Marathon draws large crowd of local runners
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The annual Gopher to Badger Half Marathon was run under picturesque conditions on Saturday. The 13.1 mile race started near Stillwater and finished at Lakefront Park in Hudson. The race drew more than 1,000 participants including many local runners.

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Joe Klewscewski, a New Richmond native who didn’t begin competitive running until he was in his 30s, was the fourth overall finisher in the half marathon.

Here is a list of local runners who competed in Saturday’s race.

Name, Age Hometown Time

Joe Klescewski, 36 Eden Prairie, Minn. 1:20:42

Melissa Zajec, 38 New Richmond 1:38:32

Jeff Johnston, 60 Deer Park 1:39:07

Courtney Weber, 23 Somerset 1:39:57

Michael Herbert, 45 Roseville, Minn. 1:40:57

Teri Sharp, 34 New Richmond 1:44:15

David Schultz, 38 New Richmond 1:44:59

Jim Heebink, 68 New Richmond 1:47:52

Jessica Mike, 31 New Richmond 1:48:58

John Mike, 59 New Richmond 1:48:58

Gaylord Vanwey, 47 New Richmond 1:49:25

Brianne Maier, 29 New Richmond 1:50:11

Brad Sharp, 36 New Richmond 1:50:15

Douglas Brandt, 70 Wilson 1:51:08

Dan O'Donnell, 31 New Richmond 1:51:45

Kristin Johnson, 27 New Richmond 1:56:35

Steve Peterson, 66 Emerald 1:57:18

Teri Eilertson, 42 Hudson 1:57:18

Lee Ann Iverson, 49 Roberts 1:59:01

Nancy Doar, 52 New Richmond 2:01:33

Kristen Wilcox, 32 Roberts 2:17:33

Karen Brunkhorst, 40 New Richmond 2:17:57

Melissa Kittel, 43 New Richmond 2:18:26

Susan Johnson, 38 New Richmond 2:18:44

Melissa Gessler, 34 Roberts 2:20:38

Matt Rowe, 44 New Richmond 2:24:12

Kris Thomas, 42 New Richmond 2:25:01

Randy Hall, 40 New Richmond 2:28:40

Natalie Hoppe, 49 Roberts 2:29:58

Toni Covey, 41 New Richmond 2:30:37

Ted Suo, 53 New Richmond 2:31:07

Megan Edwards, 29 Somerset 2:32:02

Jani Wilson, 39 New Richmond 2:35:00

Rob Wilson, 44 New Richmond 2:35:00

Janet Geigle, 35 New Richmond 2:38:02

Brian Edwards, 29 Somerset 2:45:30

Rikka Bonnell, 31 Somerset 2:45:49

Nearly 500 runners finished the companion 5K race. Henry Klein of St. Croix Falls was the winner in 17:24 and former Spring Valley High School standout Breanna Colbenson was the top female finisher in 18:19.

Local finishers were:

Jeff Emerson, 51 Somerset 22:33

Brian Mayer, 55 New Richmond 22:46

CJ Kenney, 17 New Richmond 23:00

Stephanie Green, 34 New Richmond 23:45

Sue Mayer, 51 New Richmond 25:55

Beth Fabbrini, 40 Somerset 27:05

Collin Sharp, 11 New Richmond 27:19

Nubia Silva, 24 New Richmond 28:02

Meghan Watkins, 17 New Richmond 28:12

Anthony Zdroik, 43 New Richmond 28:47

Brian Autio, 56 Somerset 28:51

Amy Stewart, 37 New Richmond 29:07

Margie Anderson, 60 Baldwin 29:40

Dennis Sharp, 59 New Richmond 30:25

Tracy Zdroik, 40 New Richmond 30:31

Cinara Goodrich, 31 Deer Park 30:41

Jackie Kumm, 44 New Richmond 31:18

Ryan Singer, 38 Somerset 32:06

Sandi Thompson, 63 New Richmond 36:34

Julie Johnson, 39 New Richmond 37:24

Jenny Arduser, 43 Deer Park 38:20

Teigan Jansen, 22 Hammond 39:08

Kirstin Mehls, 42 New Richmond 43:22

Amelia Mehls, 7 New Richmond 43:25

Erin Knowles, 34 Roberts 47:49

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Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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