The 19th Annual Runnin’ in the Ruff event Saturday had a definite Milaca flavor as local runners set the pace in both the 10K and two-mile runs.
The races were held at Milaca’s trail system west of Recreation Park, which is where the events finished.
The course, especially the 10K route, was wet and muddy following last week’s rainfall and offered a challenge. But, the competitors seemed to handle things well.
“The mud and water wasn’t too bad, not like the first time I ran in 2009 when the water was thigh high,” said Mary Krauel, who won the women’s division in the 10K. “The biggest challenge was going through all the mud.”
Krauel posted a time of 46:16. The Milaca physical-education instructor won the women’s division in 48:44 in 2010. She was second last year.
“I’ve been training for a marathon this year and that really helped,” said the 29-year-old Krauel.
Krauel also credited second-place finisher Heidi Schroeder, 23, of Milaca for pushing her to the end. Schroeder was second in 46:21.
“Heidi was running right by me to the finish,” said Krauel. “Heidi is a great runner and we were neck and neck the last 100 yards. It could have gone either way.”
Valerie Noyce, 32, of St. Cloud was third in 49:37, Lindsey Molstad, 35, of Duluth was fourth in 50:17 and Leah Popp, 31, of Rice was fifth in 51:44.
Milaca High School sophomore Cameron Sundberg took time off from his track schedule and won the men’s 10K in 40:18.
“The course wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be,” said Sundberg, 16, who competes in the 1,600-meter run and 3,200 in the spring and cross country in the fall. “It was a challenge but I felt good. I felt I ran a good race.”
Chris Lofgren, 28, of St. Paul was second in 40:35 while Douglas Hegley, 50, of Minneapolis was third in 43:36, Scott Niemela, 48, of Pequot Lakes was fourth in 44:07 and Travis Bukosky, 31, of Princeton was fifth in 44:31.
In the two-mile run, 14-year-old Levi Hunt of Milaca won the boys division in 15:25. Austen Reichel of Cambridge was a close second in 15:27 as the two battled for first right to the finish line.
Joe Berg, 11, of Milaca was third in 16:19, Alec Reichel, 11, of Princeton was fourth in 16:20 and Daniel Moonen, 16, of Ostego was fifth in 17:33.
Rachel Peterson, 14, of Milaca won the girls two-mile in 18:39, with nine-year-old Jackie Kragt of Milaca placing second in 18:55. Olivia Westling, nine, of Milaca was third in 19:16, Isabel Shotenbauer, also nine, of Milaca was fourth in 19:17 and Beth Leuwenke, 30, of Elk River was fifth in 19:20.