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Runners slip, slide across half marathon finish line

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POLSON — Nearly 70 runners took full advantage of the unseasonably mild 30-degree-temperatures and competed in the Sorry ‘Bout That half marathon on Saturday, Jan. 8.

The roughly 13-mile-long clockwise loop started at the Mission Valley Aquatics Center with runners trekking through the slippery streets of Polson and slushy county back roads still suffering from the effects of the recent snowstorm before crossing the finish line back at the aquatic center.

The Polson Running group organized the race for the seventh year to provide runners with an opportunity to get out and enjoy the winter weather. And if runners weren’t happy about the course conditions, the organizers used the phrase “Sorry ‘bout that” in honor of the race name. 

Overall race-winner Jason Delaney claimed his sixth “Sorry ‘bout that” title with a time of 1:23:08 followed by race runner up Mike Adams with a time of 1:23:15. Micheal LaForest finished third with a time of 1:27:06.

Former two-time state class A cross country champion and current Montana Griz Beatrix Frissell was the first female finisher with a time of 1:40:55. 2020 ladies race winner Jenni Brown took second with a clocked time of 1:44:43 followed by Brittany Katzer in third with a time of 1:53:56.

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