Lost Forester race winner Tom Anderson of Cloquet was the only "clean" finisher in the 8-mile race through the woods Labor Day morning.
That doesn't mean that Anderson made it out without getting muddy, it simply means he was the only person who met all three standards of the unique scavenger-hunt-style race: finish in under three hours, get all the data cards as well as the forestry stick.
"Everyone else finished in over three hours, even with a 5-minute deduction in time for wearing flannel," said race organizer Tim Krohn, adding that second-place finisher Christopher Hanson of Nisswa would have finished in under three hours had he not taken a wrong turn on the way back to Pine Valley.
Another requirement of the Lost Forester? Racers have to bring a compass and know how to use it.
There were actually three races at Pine Valley Monday morning - the Lost Forester plus 11K and 5.5K trail races - all organized by Krohn, all to benefit the Blue House Orphanage in Uganda, a cause near and dear to Krohn's heart. He said the various races probably raised about $1,500 for the orphanage, which houses about 30 girls.
For complete results, visit ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=55767.
Tom Anderson, Cloquet, 2:38:51
Natalie White, Duluth, 3:46:05
Sam Jacobson, Wrenshall, 55:25
Allison Bradley, Wrenshall, 1:06:11
Remy Lee, Duluth, 26:09
Erin Antus, Cloquet, 38:23