Sagedahls: Three generations of running excellence
Sagedahl family returns for 40th annual Fairmont Summer Run
FAIRMONT — If you’re signed up for the 2-mile run at next Saturday’s 40th annual Fairmont Summer Run, the odds are good you’ll be running close to a member of the Sagedahl family.
Road-tested family patriarch Sherwood Sagedahl of Fairmont will join forces with son, Joel, along with grandson, Penn, and granddaughter, Siri — all three from Minnetonka — and look to defend their team triumph from the 2017 competition.
“It was the first time that all of us had run the 2-mile race together in Fairmont, and we’re signed up to do it again this year,” said Joel Sagedahl, who established a new age-group record — 40-49 — with a time of 11 minutes, 57 seconds.
But Joel is not the lone record-holder in the family as 79-years-young Sherwood currently holds two marks in the late summer community road race — 14:25 in the 70 & above 2-mile run and 39:27 for the 5-mile 70 & over bracket.
“That’s the great thing about this event, it brings a lot of family and friends back to the area to reconnect,” said Sherwood, who’s ranked No. 1 in the world in the Masters Senior Track & Field male 75-79 outdoor pentathlon, in addition to being the current world record-holder in both the men’s 70-74 and 75-79 divisions. The pentathlon consists of long jump, javelin, discus, open 200 meters and a 1,500-meter run. “I’m really looking forward to running the course with all three of them next weekend, especially Penn and Siri.
“This fall, Penn will compete for a good Hopkins High School cross country team. I’m also excited that Siri, who is entering ninth grade at Hopkins this fall, is running the 2-mile race. She has been working out this summer, getting ready for the upcoming cross country season.”
Ironically, while Joel set an age-group record a year ago, Penn actually captured the overall 2-mile Summer Run championship by crossing the finish line in 10:53. Sherwood made it a Team Sagedahl trifecta sweep by taking top honors in the 70 & above race in 14:28.
Penn, who will serve as a captain on the Hopkins lineup this fall, and his fellow prep harriers will be returning from their 6-day running trip in the mountains of Wyoming in time for him to step to the starting line at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday in the 2-mile run at Bob Bonk Track in Fairmont.
“Penn and my dad run five or six times a week, while I only get a chance maybe three times a week,” said Joel, who stays busy as a family practice physician in Plymouth.
“I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep pace with them,” Joel said with a chuckle.
Neil Hanson, Tonya Klunder, Isaiah Peters and Stew Murfield each matched Joel Sagedahl last summer by establishing records in their respective age brackets of the 2-mile run, while Stannetta Svoboda whittled a staggering 10 minutes off the 5-mile mark for the women’s 54-60 age group.
Svoboda crossed the finish line in 37:34 to eclipse Joan Bartingale’s previous top time of 48:01 to become a rare three-bracket record-holder.
The Martin County West High School cross country and track & field mentor also holds the women’s fastest 5-mile times in the 40-46 bracket (34:13) and 47-53 division (34:58).
The 5-mile run will kick off the 40th anniversary of the Fairmont Summer Run at 8:30 a.m. next Saturday, starting at Bonk Track, followed by the 2-mile run/walk at 9:30 a.m. A quarter-mile run — for ages 9 & under — hits the tarred surface at 10 a.m., followed by a half-mile race — for ages 13 & under — at 10:05 a.m. The awards program will cap the annual event.
“This is the oldest continuous run in south-central Minnesota,” said Roni Dauer, director of Fairmont Community Education and Recreation — one of the event’s original sponsors. “I remember Bob Bonk presenting the idea to (then-CER director) Gary (Hamman), and it’s been a success ever since its days as the Cedar Creek Run.”
Runners are encouraged to pre-register by noon Tuesday, July 24, and can do so by going to: fairmontareaschools.portal.rschooltoday.com and then click onto “Webstore” and then Community Education and Recreation.
Runners also can obtain a brochure from the CER Office at 714 Victoria St. in Fairmont and return the completed form with their entry fee.
Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. next Saturday at the Fairmont Fieldhouse and closes 10 minutes prior to each of the four races.
For more information, contact the Fairmont CER Office at (507) 235-3141.
Mayo Clinic Health System, Fairmont Chiropractic & Acupuncture Health Care, Ltd., Burtis Chiropractic Center, Fairmont Family Dentistry, Carlson Dental Office, P.A., United Hospital District, Center for Specialty Care, J. Hokanson Print, Culligan Water, Hy-Vee and Fareway Food Stores are sponsoring this year’s event.