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Kids try to catch the Cardinal at Lakes Area Endurance (w/video)

The Lakes Area Endurance race weekend in Alexandria began with a One-Mile Family Fun Run Friday night that included the Cardinal mascot in the mix. (Echo Press photo)2 / 2

A thunderstorm and the threat of more rain didn't spoil the fun at the Lakes Area Endurance runs in Alexandria Friday and Saturday.

Sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the races began Friday night with a One-Mile Family Fun Run where children were encouraged to catch a runner dressed in Cardinal suit. A 5K race also took place. A heavy downpour before the races led to a short delay but the runners stayed dry, dodging the puddles.

The action continued on Saturday with quarter-marathon and half-marathon races. No rain fell but runners did have to contend with strong winds and high humidity. 

All the races began and finished at the Alexandria Area YMCA.

For results and more information, visit the Lakes Area Endurance Facebook page.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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