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New Richmond Veterans Memorial race attracts large crowd

Runners are shown heading out from the start of the inaugural Veterans Memorial Run on Saturday.

By all accounts, the Veterans Memorial Run held on Saturday in New Richmond was a success. 

Morning rains held off long enough for all 154 runners and walkers to cross the finish line on South Green Avenue with some, such as Stephanie Hoff. carrying an American flag.  Proceeds of the event, which was sponsored by VFW Post 10818, will be used to meet the needs of local veterans.

Gary Simon of Somerset took first place among the 102 runners who took part in the 5K portion of the race. Simon posted a winning time of 18:42, with Aaron Benson of Woodville in second place, nine seconds behind Simon.

The champion in the 10K portion of the race was Chris Stevens of New Richmond, finishing in a time of 1:05.03. Nick Radle of Hudson took second place in 1:07.