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2017 Leinenkugel's Pure Water Days Races

Braeden Michael (128) of Chippewa Falls finishes in first place of the half marathon at the Leinenkugel’s Pure Water Days Races in Chippewa Falls on Saturday morning.

Braeden Michael of Chippewa Falls won the Leinenkugel’s Pure Water Days Races half marathon on Saturday morning, clocking in with a time of 1:21:09.

Eau Claire’s Anthony Dupont was the winner of the four mile race at 20:46, while Elijah Freeman, also of Eau Claire, won the one mile race with a 6:08.2 run.

142 runners participated in the half marathon. Jeff Harvey of Ingleside, Ill., finished in second place at 1:22:19. Justin Bye of Minnetonka, Minn., and Tony Bye of Chippewa Falls both ran a 1:25:37, and Altoona’s Kevin Larson rounded out the top five with a time of 1:26:42. The top female finisher was Eau Claire’s Jamie Riley, who finished in eighth place with a run of 1:30:54.

Boyceville’s Melissa Moore was the second woman to finish. She placed 12th with a time of 1:34:04. Davenport, Iowa’s Mary Toohill wasn’t far behind to take 13th at 1:34:40.

Dupont led the pack of 268 runners to participate in the four mile run. Eau Claire’s David Bachmeier took second place at 20:48, followed by Scott Hayden, also of Eau Claire, at 20:54. Justin Tavormina of Okemons, Mich., took fourth with a 23:16 run, and Chippewa Falls’ Erik Sworski placed fifth at 23:26.

Rebecca Mallon of Davenport, Iowa, was the highest female finisher at 12th place. She ran the four miles in 25:18. Altoona’s Emily Jaeger took second among the women and 15th overall at 26:19. Colby’s Amanda Kaiser took 16th with a 26:24 run, and Karen Swanson of Chippewa Falls ended in 17th at 26:27.

Freeman had the fastest one mile time of 78 participants. He was followed by 13-year-old Jarod Loew of Colfax, who took second with a time of 6:21.08. 9-year-old Seth Rogge of Bloomer took third in 6:25.2, followed by Chippewa Falls’ Lee Schmidgall in fourth with a 6:25.8. 8-year-old Miles Schmidgall of Chippewa Falls took fifth with a run of 6:25.9.

13-year-old Lydia Fish of Chippewa Falls led the female runners with a seventh place finish and a time of 6:41.3. 11-year-old Gabrielle Aarvig, also of Chippewa Falls, took 22nd with a run of 8:03.9.

Chippewa Falls’ Jamie Friedrich won the wheelchair half marathon with a time of 1:28:30. Jeffrey Bergeman, also of Chippewa Falls, finished in second at 1:33:52.


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