PAM PHILLIPS/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
PAM PHILLIPS/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
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The second Winter Wilder drew a handful of runners to cover the 21+ miles of gravel roads around Spring Valley on Saturday morning.

The weather was perfect with temperatures just above freezing, sun and little wind.

The nine participants was down from last year, but it could be attributed to moving the date up from January and the early registration, which took place when it seemed likely that the day could be brutal as November and December had some harsh weather.

Also, last year's race had some raw winds that affected runners. This year, all participants finished and were in good spirits at the end. Placement and finish times were secondary to enjoying the back roads of the area and interacting with fellow runners.

The runners were also thankful that the temperature waited to shift to the dangerous, subzero readings the day after the race. Runners came from Duluth, the Twin Cities, Rochester and Spring Valley.