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Paul Bunyan Extreme

Alex Lelwica of Brainerd rope-swings into a water pit at the Paul Bunyan Extreme Race Saturday, July 14. Dan Determan / Echo Journal1 / 5
Eric Opheim of Walker hurdles an obstacle roughly halfway through the Paul Bunyan Extreme Race. Dan Determan / Echo Journal 2 / 5
Levi Larson of Rice is the first to reach the mud pits in the 9:30 a.m. heat of the Paul Bunyan Extreme Race. Dan Determan / Echo Journal 3 / 5
Robin Grote of Minnetonka takes a refreshing slide down a hill at Mount Ski Gull during the Paul Bunyan Extreme Race Satruday, July 14. Dan Determan / Echo Journal4 / 5
A team of girls from the Crosslake area reach the home stretch together at the Paul Bunyan Extreme Race at Mount Ski Gull on Saturday, July 14. Dan Determan / Echo Journal5 / 5

More than 400 racers took to Mount Ski Gull on Saturday, July 14, to take part in the annual Paul Bunyan Extreme Race.

Racers were presented with 22 different obstacles on the 2.9-mile course, requiring them jump, climb, swing and swim their way to the finish line.

Daniel Harren of Eagle Bend was the top finisher overall, completing the course in 24 minutes, 22 seconds. He was followed by Derrick Justin of Brainerd, just 19 seconds behind the leader.

Hope Brandon of Pine River was the top female racer, finishing in 35:53. She was followed by Haley Wiebolt of Pequot Lakes and Kelli Engstrom of Merrifield.

Of the 439 participants, 405 finished the race with an overall average finish of 52:21.

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