NEW ULM - About 470 participants took part in the fourth annual Hermann 5k Run/Walk Saturday morning from Vogel Field House to the Hermann Monument.
Cheered by Hermann (Bryce Boelter) and his wife Thusnelda (Wendy Enter), runners and walkers got a tail wind at the start that led them south on Garden Street, to Payne Street before climbing 10th Street South to Summit Avenue, south again for a long downhill into Flandrau State Park, along a trail up steep steps to Camelsback overlook and north on Highland Avenue to Center Street and the Hermann Monument.
Duane Oftedahl of New Ulm won the mens division in 19:50, about 18 seconds under his 2010 time. Following Oftedahl were a number of Martin Luther College (MLC) runners including a man carrying a large MLC flag plus Chris Gordon, who lives in New Ulm and teaches in Wabasso.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Hermann (Bryce Boelter), front left, cheers the participants in the fourth annual Hermann 5k Run/Walk Saturday morning.
"I own those hills. That's where I train," Oftedahl said at the finish. He's currently training for the World's Toughest Mudder held next month in Elizabethtown, N.J.
Sleepy Eye native Ashley Hoscheidt of Mankato won the womens division in 21:34.
New Ulm Park & Recreation Program Supervisor Carrie Anderson was pleased with the turnout that was nearly double what it was the previous couple years. Runners and walkers received a goodie bag, healthy food and beverages after the race and were eligible for door prizes at the finish.
"Proceeds will help pay for the many affordable programs we offer children and adults," Anderson said. "The turnout was great plus we got support from 16 sponsors."
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