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First-place winners in the 2012 Pepper Fest 5K and 10K footraces included, front from left, Sue Dahm, 10K women 50-59; Brian Messer, 10K men 50-59; Colton Langer, 10K men under 18; Megan Shendel-Dittmann, 10K women overall; Calla Dexheimer, 5K women overall; back, Del Yndested, 10K men 70 and older; Shane Johnson, 5K overall; Tommy Datwyler, 10K overall; Jason Ogden, 10K men 35-39; and Tracy Yndested, 10K women 40-49.

Pepper Fest runs draw a field of nearly 200

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Some familiar faces, and at least one bright new face, can be found in the photo of the winners of the 2012 North Hudson Pepper Festival 5- and 10-kilometer footraces.


Tommy Datwyler, a former Hudson High School runner, repeated as champion of the 10K for the fourth or fifth time.

He was closely followed by Jason Ogden, who once again earned first-place honors in the 30s age group for men.

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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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