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March Meltdown race signals spring weather

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POLSON – Runners of all ages and skill levels enjoyed sunshine and clear skies Saturday morning during the Polson Running group’s March Meltdown 5K. The annual race signals that spring and warmer days are near.

The group encourages healthy activities by hosting a number of popular races throughout the year. Proceeds from the races are returned back into the Mission Valley in support of various community organizations and projects. Past beneficiaries include Polson Loaves and Fish food pantry, Montana Hope Project, Lake County Community Development Center, the Boys and Girls Club, a Cub Scout pack and the Polson Volunteer Fire Department. This year’s March Meltdown race, which was held at the Polson Sports Complex, served as a fundraiser for the Polson High School track and field team.

Organizers added colored eggs along the course for runners to collect with treats and a chance to win prizes inside.

Although first-time participant Kate Evans didn’t win one of the grand prizes in her egg, she had a great time. “It was really good,” said Evans. “I came in 18th which I am happy with.”

Bea Frissell took home overall top honors, zooming through the race in 20 minutes and 28 seconds. In the men’s race, Mike Sitter sprinted to first place with a time of 20:50. Jackson Bontadelli won the kid’s race.

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