A total of 775 people, along with 80 volunteers, participated in the 16th annual Spirit of America 5K run/walk, held July 6 in Phillips.

Daniel Pederson of Spooner, aged 21, was the first of the 211 runner to cross the finish line, coming in with a time of 15:58. Claudia Lasiowski of Park Falls, age 14, was the first female finisher with a time of 22:12, good enough for 15th place overall.

The top team was Phillips Plating with 100 participants, followed by BW Papersystems with 80, and Phillips Medisize with 78.

Rounding out the field of top 10 male finishers were: Scott Pederson, 24, Fifield (18:19); Josh Brown, 18, Butternut (19:18); Kees Hoogland, 16, Catawba (19:56); Mike Brown, 15, Butternut (20:15); Allen Pederson, 62, Spooner (20:30); Mike Quednow, 56, Ogema (21:26); Connor Gabay, 14, Phillips (21:34); Trapper Tate, 15, Phillips (21:37); and Eric Ohlfs, 39, New Berlin (21:40).

The top 10 female finishers after Lasiowski were: Natalie Kreier, 17, Clear Lake (22:20); Samantha Bay, 32, Park Falls (22:24); Hailey Falk Breazeale, 23, Phillips (22:56); Jeanna Scanlon, 17, Park Falls (22:56); Emily Nerison, 32, Phillips (23:09); Tanya Baenen, 45, Phillips (23:23); Melissa Matsick, 26, Marshfield (23:31); Kalin Baratka, 15, Phillips (23:57); and Madison Krueger, 11, Menasha (24:01).

The Health Alliance, which orchestrates the race each year, was the recipient of a $1,000 donation from the family of the late Fran Rohrig, a long-time member of the Health Alliance and regular participant in the Spirit of America 5K.

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