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Nearly 200 run to benefit Lautenbach family

A field of 196 runners begins the Lautenbach Celebrate Life Fun Run at Weitkamp Park on Saturday morning. The five-kilometer (3.1-mile) course wound through the Red Cedar Canyon and Heritage Greens subdivisions. Photo by Randy Hanson

A five-kilometer footrace to benefit a Hudson family that lost its father and husband to a stroke 10 months ago drew more runners than organizers expected.

One hundred ninety-six registered for the Lautenbach Celebrate Life Fun Run held Saturday morning. The 3.1-mile race started and ended at Weitkamp Park on the city's southeast side.

"I was just overwhelmed by the amount of community support that we had, not only with the sponsorships, but with people coming out," said race director Nicole Munro.

The runners paid an entry fee of $28. Sponsoring businesses paid fees of up to $1,000 to have their logos printed on the back of the race T-shirts.

Munro said Monday that donations are still coming in through the website set up for the event,

"I can't tell you the amount, but it is substantial," she said of the race proceeds.

The money will be used to establish a college fund for the four young children of Brian and Colleen Lautenbach. Brian died Dec. 7, 2010, after suffering a stroke brought on by a rare blood disorder (Factor V Leiden) that increases the risk of abnormal blood clots.

The Lautenbachs moved to Hudson from the Chicago area five years ago. Friends whom Colleen met through the Hudson Moms Group organized the fundraiser. They included Munro, Jennifer Krueger, Heather Spencer, Jodi Olson and Katie Elwood.

"There were a lot of hands involved to make it happen," said Munro.

She said the participants included family members and friends of the Lautenbachs who traveled several hours to be in attendance.

Colleen Lautenbach's brother, Matthew Royce, led the Kids Fun Run in the park that about 50 children participated in.

"I know the Lautenbach family and the Royce family, Colleen's side, were very thankful for the amount of community support," Munro said. "They're not from here, so to have that (support) was really special."

For Pete's Sake

The Lautenbach Fun Run wasn't the only footrace in Hudson Saturday morning.

The fifth-annual For Pete's Sake 5K Run/Walk took place at the same time.

The race honors the memory of Pete Huseboe, who died unexpectedly in 2007 from complications after surgery for a brain tumor.

Huseboe was the father of five Hudson Hockey Association players. The footrace in his honor started and ended at the Hudson Sports & Civic Center, 1820 Hanley Road.

Lautenbach race results

Adam Estvold of Woodbury, Minn., was the top finisher with a time of 19 minutes, 36 seconds. Estvold was a co-worker of Brian Lautenbach's at Andersen Corp.

The first woman across the finish line (and second runner overall) was Lisa Witt of Hudson. Her time was 21:03.

Brian Messer of Hudson placed second among the men with a time of 21:29, and Scott Veenendall of Hudson was third at 21:43.

Jessica Nederloe of Hudson was second in the women's competition with a time of 22:23. Terryl Strobusch of Hudson, 23:12, placed third.

See the Sept. 22 print edition of the Star-Observer for the rest of the Lautenbach race results.

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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