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Andrew Gerdts was the overall champion at the Sauerkraut Days 5k. Hannah Schroeder won the women's division and set a course record. (Photo by James Brenno)
Records set at 4th annual Sauerkraut 5k Run
For the second year in a row a course record was set at the annual Sauerkraut Days 5k. This year, however, it wasn’t the men’s course record that fell. Instead, Hannah Schroeder of Le Sueur won the women’s division and set the women’s course record at 20:48, nearly two minutes faster than the previous record of 22:23 set by Jamie Bachaus back in 2007.
But Schroeder, who finished 16th overall, wasn’t the only one to best that record in the women’s division. Parry Larson finished the course with a time of 21:05 and took 18th place overall and Jessica Eibs finished at 21:52 and took 20th.
Overall, soon-to-be LS-H senior Andrew Gerdts defended his title and course record as Gerdts was the overall champion with a time of 17:44. Gerdts set the overall course record last year with a time of 17:23.
Two previous Sauerkraut Days 5K champions and course record holders came in second and third.
Sam Straub, who won the first Kraut 5k and recently finished a marathon in roughly 3 hours, came in second place with a time of 18:11. Lucas Giesen, who’s course record of 17:24 was broken last year by one second, was third this year with a time of 18:33.
Rounding out the top ten were Joe Stuewe at 18:53 and Brian Petzel at 19:04, Chris Lagergen at 19:31, Tom Wischnaek at 19:35, Nate Reiman at 19:43, Kyle Lamberton at 19:48 and Alex Wischnack at 19:56.
But perhaps the biggest story of the race was the turnout. With clear skies and warm temperatures on Saturday morning, (a stark difference from later that evening) nearly 150 runners/walkers attended this year’s event, making it the largest Sauerkraut Days 5k race ever.
Last year, the fun run saw roughly 100 runners and walkers.
*For complete results pick up this week's Henderson Independent.