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Racers return for 15th annual River Run

The weather was mild and the scenery exceptional for this year's Cloquet River Run, which offers runners both a 1-mile and a 5-kilometer race for all ages. Race co-director Heidi Berg said they had more than 300 runners total in both races, so numbers are creeping back up after the pandemic put a damper on the annual event.

"It was great, and the weather held out for us," Berg said, adding that they also held shorter races in front of the school for children up to age 6. The event is a fundraiser for Churchill Elementary School in Cloquet; proceeds go toward health-related equipment and programs and technology purchases.

The top five finishers in the 5K race included Connor Dopper, of Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin, who finished well ahead of the rest of the pack in 18 minutes, 4 seconds. Second place went to Duluth's Tom O'Rourke (19:21), third to Sean Cummings of Superior (19:32), fourth to Cloquet's Sam Buytaert (19:53) and fifth to Jarrow Wahman, of Duluth, in 20:22. Cloquet's Prosen brothers, Emmet and Blake, took sixth and seventh place, respectively. The top women's runner was Amber Kantonen of Mahtowa.

Nicole Lundberg, 37, was the top runner in the 1-mile race, finishing in 6 minutes, 51 seconds. Second place was a tie between 9-year-old Liam Bjerkness and 10-year-old Orion Hendrickson: both finished in 7:16. Bennett Pavlatos, 8, took third in 7:40.

Find the full results at https://tinyurl.com/bdhxvfzd.

Next year's race will be held Sept. 30.

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