A concept born out of a professor’s love for marathons and the spirits of the season; St. Cloud State University’s first Fright-K 5K race was held on Friday. People from cities all over the tri-county area and more came to compete outside the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center for the gold. What separates this 5K from similar events was the encouragement of participants to make the distance in any costume they feel comfortable in, with it being near Halloween, and plenty of them did. From the sidelines, I saw a banana outrunning a gorilla, Waldo, the superhero ‘Milk Man,’ a psycho inmate, and plenty of animated and bloody corpses running down the course. It was hard to keep yourself from laughing at the slight absurdity of the event.
The first place spot in overall finish time belongs to St. Cloud resident Morcelli Kombo, having completed the 5K run with a time of 17 minutes and 40 seconds. Second place belongs to Andre Zabel of Sartell, with a time of 18 minutes and 26 seconds; and third place was snagged by Michael Marquardt of Maple Grove, with a time of 19 minutes and 36 seconds. Equally as impressive was the seventh place runner, Sean Pickle. Being only 11 years old, he passed the finish line with a time of 20 minutes and 37 seconds. Sean has a bright future in track sports, indeed.
Having been developed as a class project by 14 students, it appears the Fright-K was a success, with over 150 participants going the distance. A great feat, indeed, especially with consideration that none of the people involved had any experience with running a marathon until that night. As of time of writing, the future of Fright-K is uncertain, although I have been told that talks about continuing it next year are underway. If you are interested in the results from the Fright-K event, they will appear on the website pickleevents.com in the near future.