In spite of rain early in the afternoon, Riverboat Days still drew a large crowd Saturday in downtown Aitkin for the annual street festival and parade, plus for other events outside of the downtown area.

Members of the Aitkin Fire Department won best "decades" float with a recreated iconic scene from the fall of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, as part of the Riverboat Heritage Days Parade Saturday. The fire department will be holding a “Walk of Remembrance” Sept. 11 on the 20th anniversary of 9-11.

Best kids float went to Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association and best overall float was awarded to Mud Rhythm.

Mora’s Sanbeck ‘trashes’ Dump Run competition

Mora’s Alec Sanbeck made sure the Dump Run belonged to no one else – not even his father.

Alec won the quarter-marathon race in 37 minutes, 23.5 second, clearing the rest of the field by almost 10 minutes.

Then, wanting to run his cool-down, Alec went over to the 5K course and paced his father, Art, to the finish line in 29:07.2, good enough for 10th.

While Alec is a serious runner, taking on 10-12 long races (including Grandma’s Marathon) a year, his father just recently picked up running.

While the Sanbergs were enjoying the family affair, Kelly Pechous won the women’s race in 48:53.8.

In the 5K event, 13-year-old Kale Fairchild of Grand Rapids took first in 21:02.4, while Betsye Eagle Hakes won the women’s race in 23:33.5.

The event drew more than 50 racers for the 5K run/walk, while 39 finished the quarter-marathon. The entries varied from a large number of local racers to people like Hakes, who calls Oregon City, Oregon home.

Ages also ranged from 11-year-old Coleman Mathis (third in the men’s 5K) to Kathy Peterson, 78, who was seventh in the women’s quarter marathon.

A separate children’s fun race was held after the main events.


Quarter-Marathon Top 10 Men

1, Alec Sanbeck, 37:23.5, 2. David Mathis, 47:20.9; 3. George Marriott, 47:26.6; 4. Dustin Richters, 47.44.4; 5. David Gerhart, 48:17; 6. Chris Hanson, 48:25.3; 7. Tyler Franke, 50:38.4; 8. Nicholas Frank, 53:03; 9. Matthew Ulmer, 55:14.4; 10. Jesse Ulmer, 55:14.5.

Quarter-Marathon Top 10 Women

1. Kelly Pechous, 48:53.8; 2. Shelly Stephani, 49:35.6; 3. Dawn Fairchild, 49:50.8; 4. Brenda Mehr, 55:59.9; 5. Wendy Franke, 1:00:12.5; 6. Diane Palkert, 1:02:22.9; 7. Kathy Peterson, 1:03:08.3; 8. Megan Workman, 1:03:29.4; 9. Marian Marriott, 1:04:32.4; 10. Lisa Gerhart, 1:05:32.4.

5K Top 10 Men

1. Kale Fairchild, 21:01.9; 2. Lenny Deshayes, 22:19.9; 3. Coleman Mathis, 25:15.1; 4. Brandon Johnson, 26:00.6; 5. Joe Thomas, 26:01.4; 6. Dan Dickmeyer, 26:09.2; 7. Carson Mathis, 26:20.7; 8. Will Thomas, 27:24.0; 9. Ryan McFarren, 28:53.7; 10. Art Sanbeck, 29:07.2.

5K Top 10 Women

1. Betsye Eagle Hakes, 23:32.9; 2. Jeanne Carr, 24:23.2; 3. Caroline Johnson, 25:01.2; 4. Claire Sabby, 25:14.4; 5. Susanna Johnson, 26:47.2; 6. Maya Deshayes, 28:54.1; 7. Tracey Sabby, 30:31.3; 9. Embry Deshayes, 31:13.7; 10. Megan Mathis, 31:32.1.

Full results are available at Click on the Dump Run icon.

While a low cloud ceiling kept planes from flying in, Sunday’s Aitkin Flyers Fly-in and Drive-In Wild Rice Pancake Breakfast went off successfully, drawing roughly 500 people for the event. In addition to the breakfast, there were activities for children and adults as well as classic cars on display.