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Pequot Lakes runner completes 10k after stroke

Lisa Carlin is just one of many inspiring runners at annual Run for the Lakes event.

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At the Saturday, April 30, 2022 Run for the Lakes event in Nisswa, Lisa Carlin of Pequot Lakes was delighted when the Run for the Lakes announcer identified her as his daughter's second grade teacher and congratulated her on her 10k run after recovering from a stroke. Her husband, to the left, had proudly told everyone at the finish line of her story as well.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
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NISSWA — Having a bit of a limp did not stop 63 year old 10k runner Lisa Carlin of Pequot Lakes from running in the Saturday, April 30 Run for the Lakes event in Nisswa, in fact, it seemed to drive her to succeed.

Carlin was met at the finish line by an enthusiastic husband and friends, including the event announcer, who hailed her as his daughter's second grade teacher and gave her a heartfelt hug when she finished. Carlin's perseverance at the race was only a small glimpse at her perseverance in recovering from a stroke.

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Carlin finished the race with a time of 2:06:42 in spite of a constant, cold downpour the morning of the race. She was just one of many inspiring runners who pushed through the discomfort during a time when even spectators were starting to get too cold to watch.

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Monica Abraham of Backus finished the Saturday, April 30, 2022, Run for The Lakes 10k with a time of 1:01:53, 10th place in her division. The annual event was sopping wet with a near constant downpour of cold water which failed to deter the runners.
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Andrew Escobedo of St. Paul was the first marathon runner to cross the finish line with a time of 3:09:25. Kortney Haag of Maple Grove took the women's title with a time of 3:34:28.

Pine River-Backus Elementary Principal Rick Aulie of Breezy Point won the half marathon with a time of 1:25:33 with Katilin Goforth representing the women's category with 1:35:37 a time that put her fourth overall. The 10K went to Amira Joseph of Rochester with 38:52. The top men's runner in the 10K was Andrew Olson of Duluth.

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In the 5K race on Friday, April 29, Jesse Prince of Bemidji was the top finisher, completing the race in 16 minutes, 53 seconds — just shy of four minutes ahead of second-place finisher Matthew Hamersma of Marshall.

Lillie Pearo of Crosslake was the top female finisher in the 5K, completing the run in 24:35.

In total, 166 runners took part in the 5K. Many of them also competed in the 10K, half marathon or marathon the next morning.

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Jesse Prince of Bemidji was the top finisher in the Run for the Lakes 5K race on Friday, April 29, 2022.
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Nolan Jendro, 12, of Brainerd
Nolan Jendro, 12, of Brainerd finished fourth overall in the Run for the Lakes 5K on Friday, April 29, 2022.
Dan Determan / Echo Journal

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or travis.grimler@pineandlakes.com.

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Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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