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Timber Swindler 5k Running Race Results & Photos

They came, they saw, they conquered, they Timber Swindled!  That's right, the 2012 Timber Swindler 5k running race - a part of St. Croix Falls Wannigan Days is now in the books.

The day ended up being nearly perfect for a running race - with comfortable temps, overcast skies, and only a light breeze.  In the early morning hours, I nervously awoke to a thunder storm, but thankfully that dissipated and turned into a perfect morning for a run (albeit it a bit humid, but it is July after all). 

Considering this was a challenging 5k course, we saw some fast times and great competition - as well as a lot of happy faces out on the course.

In the men's race, Carson Velaski of Shafer, MN led the race off the line, stayed in the lead group for the duration, and made his decisive move on the long steep descent back into town on Louisana Ave.  Velaski ended up taking the win by 12 seconds over a chasing Brendon Gearhart of St. Croix Falls.  Adam Solsrud of Osceola took home a solid 3rd place overall.

The ladies race ended up having 3 young locals on the podium, with McKenzie Fortier of Osceola in 1st, Sarah Greene of Shafer, MN in 2nd, and Stacy Wherley of Osceola in 3rd.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about both the men's and ladies overall podium is the fact that the oldest athlete on either podium was 17 years old!  This bodes very well for the future of running in the upper St. Croix Valley!

Following are links to the full event results:


We'd like to extend a big thank you to each of the participants of the Timber Swindler.  With your help, we raised some great money for the Ice Age Trail Assocation Indiahead Chapter.  Additionally, thank you each for your patience as we were figuring out results.  If you would like to pick up your age group medal based on the results, feel free to swing by Cyclova XC anytime to pick them up - we would love to see you!

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