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Record numbers participate in Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes

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More than 1,400 runners participated in the sixth annual Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, with temperatures reaching into the high 60s.

Run for the Lakes includes a 5K, 10K, relay, half and full marathon races and is organized by volunteers of the Brainerd Jaycees.

“We are really excited that the race weekend continues to grow in popularity,” said Tad Johnson, race director. “Our goal is to impact the community by bringing people from out of town to the Brainerd lakes area for the day or weekend and to raise funds for several charitable causes.”

More than 30 percent of Saturday’s runners came from outside of the Brainerd lakes area and the Jaycees expect to double the amount donated from the race in 2012, a record $12,000.

Complete race results can be found online at, but the top finishers included:

• Men’s marathon: Casey Miller, Baxter, 2:49:22.

• Women’s marathon: Melissa Jansen, St. Cloud, 3:21:41.

• Relay marathon: Michael McConkey, Dave Thomas, Matt Radniecki, Sean Kaneski, 2:52:28.

• Men’s half marathon: Anthony Nikodym, Ogilvie, 1:16:27.

• Women’s half marathon: McKenzie Holt, St. Cloud, 1:27:11.

• Men’s 10K: Dale Jordan, Nisswa, 40:21.

• Women’s 10K: Kathy Martin, Pequot Lakes, 47:14.

• Men’s 5K: Gary Lepisto, Brainerd, 18:33.

• Women’s 5K: Amanda Lepisto, Duluth, 19:37.

This year’s primary beneficiary is lakes area middle schooler’s “Power Packs.” Power Packs are bags that consist of 3-5 pounds of nutritious non-perishable food products. Included with the snacks is literature on nutrition, activities and tips on how to develop healthy eating habits.

The premise of the program is that nutritious foods are an important part of normal brain development and growth. This program is based on income guidelines and is free to qualifying students and parents who wish to participate. Power Packs are delivered monthly, directly and discreetly into the student’s backpacks to take home.

“We thought this was a great program to support since there is definitely a community need and there’s such a great tie between teaching children about healthy living and the people that participate in races,” said Johnson.

Major sponsors of the 2013 Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes were Essentia Health, Michelob Ultra, Lakes Printing and Grand View Lodge.

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