Gopher to Badger Half Marathon draws large crowd of local runners
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.
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 1:39:57Michael Herbert, 45 Roseville, Minn. 1:40:57Teri Sharp, 34 New Richmond 1:44:15David Schultz, 38 New Richmond 1:44:59Jim Heebink, 68 New Richmond 1:47:52Jessica Mike, 31 New Richmond 1:48:58John Mike, 59 New Richmond 1:48:58Gaylord Vanwey, 47 New Richmond 1:49:25Brianne Maier, 29 New Richmond 1:50:11Brad Sharp, 36 New Richmond 1:50:15Douglas Brandt, 70 Wilson 1:51:08Dan O'Donnell, 31 New Richmond 1:51:45Kristin Johnson, 27 New Richmond 1:56:35Steve Peterson, 66 Emerald 1:57:18Teri Eilertson, 42 Hudson 1:57:18Lee Ann Iverson, 49 Roberts 1:59:01Nancy Doar, 52 New Richmond 2:01:33Kristen Wilcox, 32 Roberts 2:17:33Karen Brunkhorst, 40 New Richmond 2:17:57Melissa Kittel, 43 New Richmond 2:18:26Susan Johnson, 38 New Richmond 2:18:44Melissa Gessler, 34 Roberts 2:20:38Matt Rowe, 44 New Richmond 2:24:12Kris Thomas, 42 New Richmond 2:25:01Randy Hall, 40 New Richmond 2:28:40Natalie Hoppe, 49 Roberts 2:29:58Toni Covey, 41 New Richmond 2:30:37Ted Suo, 53 New Richmond 2:31:07Megan Edwards, 29 Somerset 2:32:02Jani Wilson, 39 New Richmond 2:35:00Rob Wilson, 44 New Richmond 2:35:00Janet Geigle, 35 New Richmond 2:38:02Brian Edwards, 29 Somerset 2:45:30Rikka 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 22:33Brian Mayer, 55 New Richmond 22:46CJ Kenney, 17 New Richmond 23:00Stephanie Green, 34 New Richmond 23:45Sue Mayer, 51 New Richmond 25:55Beth Fabbrini, 40 Somerset 27:05Collin Sharp, 11 New Richmond 27:19Nubia Silva, 24 New Richmond 28:02Meghan Watkins, 17 New Richmond 28:12Anthony Zdroik, 43 New Richmond 28:47Brian Autio, 56 Somerset 28:51Amy Stewart, 37 New Richmond 29:07Margie Anderson, 60 Baldwin 29:40Dennis Sharp, 59 New Richmond 30:25Tracy Zdroik, 40 New Richmond 30:31Cinara Goodrich, 31 Deer Park 30:41Jackie Kumm, 44 New Richmond 31:18Ryan Singer, 38 Somerset 32:06Sandi Thompson, 63 New Richmond 36:34Julie Johnson, 39 New Richmond 37:24Jenny Arduser, 43 Deer Park 38:20Teigan Jansen, 22 Hammond 39:08Kirstin Mehls, 42 New Richmond 43:22Amelia Mehls, 7 New Richmond 43:25Erin Knowles, 34 Roberts 47:49