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Oftedahl, Schiesl win 5k

July 22, 2012
The Journal

NEW ULM - Duane Oftedahl and Kailey Schiesl won the male and female divisions of Turner Hall's Find the Balance 5k walk/run Saturday morning.

Oftedahl, of New Ulm, finished three seconds ahead of Sleepy Eye ultra-marathoner John Maas, touring the course in 19 minutes, two seconds.

"It was sticky," Oftedahl said afterwards.

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Staff photo by Fritz Busch
More than 200 runners and walkers begin Turner Hall’s Find the Balance walk/run Saturday morning.

New Ulm's Chris Gordon was third in 19:32, followed by Ahren Backman of Benson, 20:25; and U.S. Army soldier Phil Kaminsky of Mankato, in 20:36.

Schiesl, 16, was clocked in 22:46. Following were Amber Rundell 23:10, Cindy Wiles 23:31, Gail Boe 24:26 and Milissa Nachreiner 24:29.

Each of the 217 finishers received commemorative "beer boots" and root beer mugs were available for runners under age 21.

A small number of participants wore German costumes and received a free beer or root beer after the race. All entrants got discounted entries to Bavarian Blast.

For complete results, visit and click on results, Turner Hall's Find the Balance 5k walk/run.



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