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Matt Volz, a junior on the University of Minnesota cross country team, nears the finish of the Gopher to Badger half marathon in Lakefront Park. He won the race with a time of 1:13:31. Photo by Randy Hanson

Gopher to Badger races draw a record turnout

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Matt Volz wasn't slowed down by the rain that fell shortly after the start of the 2009 Gopher to Badger Half Marathon on Saturday morning.


The 20-year-old University of Minnesota cross country runner improved his time by three minutes from last year, and went on to win the race in one hour, 13 minutes and 31 seconds.

"It was very wet," Volz, of Lakeville, Minn., said of the start of the race in Stillwater. The 13.1-mile course ended in Hudson's Lakefront Park.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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