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Kevin Schnepf, Published May 18 2013

MARATHON PROFILES: Iowan accidentally runs two races

Dennis Lee, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, got a longer warmup run than he wanted for Saturday’s full marathon.

The 47-year-old mistakenly ran the 10K race, which started at 7 a.m. After crossing the finish line and realizing his mistake, he walked back to the starting line for the full marathon start at 8:15 a.m.

“It was pretty brutal,” Lee said of having to run an extra 6.2 miles. “But they say everything happens for a reason.”

Lee said he had no idea there were different starting times for the 10K, half-marathon and full marathon races. He said he didn’t hear any of the announcements while trying to get his MP3-player to work.

“I saw people going to the starting line, and once I heard the gun, I took off,” Lee said. “I ran pretty hard to catch the pacers, but there were no pacers. And when I returned to the dome, I thought I made a wrong turn.”

After running a 44-minute, 28-second 10K, Lee ended up running the 26.2-mile marathon in 3 hours, 25 minutes. That fell short of qualifying for the Boston Marathon by five minutes.

“I clearly would’ve qualified had I not run the 10K,” said a smiling Lee, who instead of receiving just one medal, got two.

Moorhead runners unite

Isaac Monke-Lundberg, of Moorhead, figured the only way he could claim a first place Saturday was with a little help from his friends.

Joining forces with fellow Moorhead High School graduates Erik Hanson, Tyler Iverson and Ryan Sederquist, Monke-Lundberg became a part of the winning relay team of the full marathon.

“I’m the slow guy,” Monke-Lundberg said. “They thought they would give the slow guy a victory.”

Hanson, who ran track at Minnesota State Moorhead, ran the first leg. Monke-Lundberg ran the second leg. Iverson, who ran track at St. Thomas, ran the third leg. And Sederquist, who still runs at Concordia, ran the final leg.

“It was nice out there for me,” Hanson said of his first leg run in cooler weather.

“Yeah, it got hot and humid for me out there,” Sederquist said of his final leg.

A hot dog and a banana please

Last year, Andrea Steinmetz, of Fargo, dressed up as a coconut in the 10K race.

Saturday, she wore a hot dog hat, and her husband, Jon, wore a body-length hot dog outfit. Their friend, Nick Kane, of Horace, N.D., wore a banana costume.

“We’re not here to win the big prize, just to have some fun,” Andrea said.

Jon said he got a little warm wearing the hot dog outfit. But the garb certainly prompted plenty of comments from marathon spectators, such as “Oscar Mayer, go.”

“That certainly kept us going,” Jon said.

Strolling with his son

Two-year-old Rowan Hammer beat his dad in the half-marathon.

That’s because Steven pushed his son in a stroller for 13.1 miles.

“I run with him a lot, but never in a race. … This is a first,” said Steven, a proud 32-year-old dad from Fargo.

He was especially proud because Rowan suffers from a brain disorder known as lissencephaly, a form of epilepsy that causes seizures for Rowan.

“He loved it,” Steven said. “He was yelling and laughing pretty much the whole race.”

Recovering from a smashed foot

It was 1981 when Jerry Rick, of Breckenridge, Minn., ran his first marathon in Grand Forks.

“It was a hot, crappy day,” Rick said.

Since then, the 53-year-old Rick has run 60 marathons and almost 100 half-marathons. Saturday, his half-marathon was his first run of any kind since a forklift smashed Rick’s right foot while he worked as an electrician.

Rick recently received a call that he will be inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll series of marathons hall of fame in October in Cleveland. He’s run in all but one of the Rock ‘N Roll series races in the United States.

Rick also has run in 16 Boston Marathons.

“But not this year, thank God,” Rick said.

Not bad for a 12-year-old

At age 12, Jacob Rieth, of Fargo, fared quite well in the 10K run. He finished 37th overall with a personal-best time of 43 minutes, 55 seconds.

“I just like to run,” said Rieth, a sixth-grader at Fargo’s Discovery Middle School. “It’s just good exercise, and it’s fun.”

Part of the fun for Rieth was listening to the bands playing on the Fargo Marathon course. He hopes to run the half marathon by the time he’s 14, and eventually run a full marathon.

Rieth even had fun in Saturday morning’s drizzle.

“I like the rain because it cools me off,” he said.