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Girls on the Run improvise 5k in the snow


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Girls on the Run participants Alysa Thomassen, Alexus Sakamoto-Quezon, Mackenzie Larson, McKenzie Hayes, Bergen Kludt-Painter, Rose Quitslund, Anya Pawuk and Isabel Taylor pose in their snow shoes after Saturday's end-of-program event. Originally scheduled as a 5k run, the event was retooled into a romp in the snow after icy road conditions prohibited the girls from running the original course.

Girls on the Run participants traded their running shoes for snow shoes after slick, icy roads prohibited the group of young runners from completing a scheduled 5k race on Saturday.

"Mother nature had her own plan that morning. Due to the wet snow on the icy roads, plan B came into effect," said Joyce Burk-Biggs, one of the program's organizers. With a little creative thinking and help from the community, the event changed course and took advantage of the snowy day.

Officer Derek Thorsen escorted the group of would-be runners to the ball field and the staff at Parks and Rec outfitted them w...

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