Racers line up for the annual Ag Days 5K.
Racers line up for the annual Ag Days 5K.
A record number of runners turned out for the annual Ag Days 5K road race Saturday morning.

A total of 87 people signed up for the annual race, which had 57 runners finishing last year. Although the numbers were up, the winners were familiar as Dallas Davidson of Spring Valley again came across the finish line in first place. Toni Kolling of Spring Valley was also a repeat winner for the women.

Davidson finished the 3.1-mile course in 17:21. He said it was his best time on the Ag Days course, which has a couple tough hills, but not a personal best for that distance. He was pushed early on by Eric Nelsen, trailing the Rochester resident at the mile mark. Nelsen finished with a time of 17:58.

Adamm Clouse of Spring Valley finished third with a time of 19:43 and Kolling came in fourth overall with a time of 20:40.

The cool morning helped bring out runners and aided in their performance, as often the conditions are hot and humid.

"Volunteers were a bit frantic with the number of same-day registrations and the amount of runners competing, but we were able to get the race off with few problems," said Dave Phillips, who helped organize the race. However, total results weren't available when this issue went to press.

Results are online at www.springvalleytribune.com under the sports tab and at the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce website at www.springvalleychamberofcommerce.com. They will be published in next week's Tribune along with a photo of the age group winners.

The route was moved back to the old course that took runners up Washington Avenue past the soapbox derby rather than south on Broadway Avenue, which is under construction. Details were shared with organizers of the derby and the two events co-existed without any interference.

Next year, Phillips said he plans to add a medal category for younger runners and another age group for runners 60 and up. There was also a request for a children's fun run and plans are being made to include that in the events for next year.

Anyone with other suggestions is encouraged to contact Phillips at (507) 346-7365 or at news@bluffcountrynews.com.