Runners take off in the 5K Bug Run race.

Didn't take Katelyn long to win a 10K

It didn't take Katelyn Kack long to learn how to win a 10k running race.

In her first-ever 10k competition anywhere, Kack emerged as the female winner of the "Run the Bug" event on a confederate gray sky that featured intermittent showers.

"I run almost every day," she said. "But I've never actually competed in a 10k race before."

Kack, a 2012 Minneota graduate who now lives in Alexandria, finished in a time of 48:49.

"My dad (Bruce) used to be a marathon runner and he's the one that got me into running," said Kack. "My sister, Megan, is also into running. She competed in a Half Iron-Man competition in Hawaii this past June."

Tim Fryer of Hendricks was the men's overall winner in a time of 39:06. Fryer also won last year's Bug Days 10k race in a time of 37:49.

"I ran a better time last year because there was someone pushing me," he explained, referring to last year's runner-up, Trevor Hinderaker, who finished in 37:55.

Hinderaker, 22, won the men's 5k race this year in 18:18. Amanda Flannery of Victoria was the 5k female winner in 24:07.

Fryer, 40, thrives on competition and runs as many races as he can pack into the summer.

"I've run about 20-25 of these 10k races a year. I love to compete," he said while not even breathing hard. "I ran a 50-mile race in Custer (SD). And I've run a few marathons in Boston and other places."

One of the runners who received a loud ovation when he crossed the finish line was Leonard Coequyt. The 76-year-old Hopkins resident often comes back to his hometown to compete in the Run the Bug event.

Because his age group was for those 60-and-over, Coequyt didn't win. But he generally wins most of the time in his age group in other competitions.

"I've run about 60 marathons all over the country in my life," he said. "And I compete in a lot of cross-country ski races in the winter. I've done 37 Birkies (American Birkebeiner)."

Coequyt, who graduated from Minneota in 1961, taught Social Studies and Remedial Reading in North Minneapolis for many years before retiring 15 years ago.

Run the Bug results
(Men's 5k)
(1) Trevor Hinderaker, 22, 18:18 (2) Blake Reiss, 18, 20:23 (3) Tony Laleman, 37, 21:29 (4) Michael Hammer, 28, 22:03 (5) Drew Bouwman, 40, 22:37 (6) Bennett Bot, 63, 22:42 (7) Rick Laleman, 35, 22:55 (8) Bruce Bossuyt, 49, 24:28 (9) Chris Ahlschlager, 45, 24:46 (10) Paul Engels, 44, 25:44 (11) Kevin Moran, 59, 25:56 (12) Josh Timmerman, 33, 27:07 (13) Carson Becker, 11, 28:59 (14) Greg Novotny, 63, 29:41 (15) Leonard Coequyt, 76, 34:41 (16) Josh Anderson, 37, 35:05
(Women's 5k)
(1) Amanda Flannery, 35, 24:07 (2) Leah Fadness, 27, 26:35 (3) Katie Boettger, 25, 26:50 (4) Rachel Engels, 18, 27:02 (5) Diana Macziewski, 28, 27:20 (6) Jami Traen, 37, 27:55 (7) Laura Hennen, 41, 28:15 (8) Megan Evers, 23, 28:47 (9) Hannah Bauer, 13, 29:03 (10) Nikki Traen, 36, 29:49 (11) Alyssa Engels, 15, 30:42 (12) Jan Ufkin, 64, 30:42 (13) Leah Myhre, 29, 32:03 (14) Laura Phinney, 40, 32:28 (15) Sydney Bauer, 10, 32:32 (16) Christina Michelson, 37, 32:48 (17) Melanie Engels, 11, 32:58 (18) Cassandra Bruns, 34, 33:21 (19) Jordyn Tolk, 12, 33:26 (20) Elivia Faris, 12, 33:26 (21) Carrie Gilbertson, 42, 33:29 (22) Eriann Faris, 36, 33:49 (23) Kalynn Buysse, 28, 34:35 (24) Shania Schelhaas, 22, 35:55 (25) Stephanie Devlieger, 38, 36:02 (26) Kendell Devlieger, 11, 36:02 (27) Janet Differding, 58, 36:14 (28) Toni Strand, 36, 37:59 (29) Jeny Bauer, 42, 38:02 (30) Gabrielle Johnson, 11, 38:49 (31) Cassandra Johnson, 34, 40:30 (32) Hayley Richter, 19, 41:45 (33) Becca Baumann, 26, 41:59 (34) Amber  Alahakoon, 34, 41:59

(Men's 10k)
(1) Tim Fryer, 40, 39:06 (2) Stephen VanKeulen, 50, 43:58
(Women's 10k)
(1) Katelyn Kack, 26, 48:49 (2) Lisa Becker, 34, 50:16 (3) Shelly Bahn, 42, 50:36 (4) Steph Peterson, 36, 52:24 (5) Kari Lozinski, 43, 53:17 (6) Holly Louwagie, 31, 55:50 (7) Carrie Cleveland, 37, 58:03 (8) Nancy Mathison, 40, 1:02.10 (9) Megan Diekmann, 31, 1:03.35 (10) Sherry Hagelstrom, 73, 1:06.12
 

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