The 14th annual Pumpkin Run and Walk at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet on Saturday, Oct. 19, included 149 runners and walkers who participated in the oldest Halloween-themed race in northern Minnesota. The race featured first-time winners in the overall men’s division and in the overall women’s division, plus two age group records were broken.

Overall winner Scott Behling, 29, of Duluth finished in a time of 15:49 for his first Pumpkin Run title. Behling finished second overall in 2018. Dave Hyopponen of Duluth finished second in 16:47 and Evan Walpole of Superior was third in 17:00. Behling set an age group record in the 20-29 category, improving on the same mark he set in 2018.

Once again, a first-time Pumpkin Run champion was crowned in the women's overall division with Kelly Pechous of Duluth crossing the finish line in 20:34, placing her seventh overall. Second went to Leah Hammond of Cloquet in 22:18, followed by Alisha Bradley of Duluth in 24:04 for third. Sara Cherne of Duluth set a record in the women’s 70 and over age group with a time of 29:30. Cherne also holds the Pumpkin Run age group record in the 60-69 bracket, established in 2016.

The Pumpkin Run course is certified by U.S. Track and Field and the results count for points in the annual Minnesota Runner of the Year standings.

Pumpkin Run and Walk

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Saturday, Oct. 19

Men’s Results
Top 3
1. Scott Behling, 29, 15:49.7, Duluth; 2. David Hyopponen, 39, 16:47.9, Duluth; 3. Evan Walpole, 24, 17:00.9, Superior.
14 and Under
1. Owen Kalmes, 12, 21:24.0, Shoreview, Minn.; 2. Soren ORoqrke, 14, 23:33.6, Duluth; 3. Wyatt Goranson, 14, 23:53.5, Wright.
15-19
1. Samuel Johansen, 15, 21:12.9, Superior.

20-29

1. Edward Martin, 26, 19:43.0, Cloquet; 2. Noah Lesner, 21, 24:34.6, Barnum; 3. Broc Paulson, 23, 25:18.7, Cloquet.
30-39
1. Steve Thomas, 33, 22:02.0, Cloquet; 2. Joseph Pearson, 32, 22:13.8, Duluth; 3. Robert Heikkila, 33, 22:21.6, Superior.
40-49
1. Brian St. George, 43, 17:13.9, Mt. Iron; 2. Tim Prosen, 42, 21:02.6, Esko; 3. Joe Schmitt, 44, 22:29.2, White Bear Lake, Minn.
50-59
1. Jarrow Wahman, 58, 20:12.8, Duluth; 2. Greg Williams, 57, 22:38.2, Thomson; 3. Mark Hagen, 55, 22:56.6, Cloquet.
60-69
1. Darrell Miller, 64, 23:06.4, Duluth; 2. Hans Anderson, 66, 28:09.8, Carlton; 3. Neal Lundeen, 68, 34:34.5, Frederic, Wis.
70 and Over
1. Tim Krohn, 70, 26:57.4, Cloquet; 2. Harry Cottrell, 73, 30:11.7, Duluth; 3. Philip Roqosheske, 75, 36:34.2, Moose Lake.
Women’s Results
Top 3
1. Kelly Pechous, 27, 20:34.9, Duluth; 2. Leah Hammond, 31, 22:18.9, Cloquet; 3. Alisha Bradley, 27, 24:04.3, Duluth.
14 and Under
1. Allie Jones, 12, 24:14.2, Cloquet; 2. Sasha Wahman, 10, 24:22.6, Duluth; 3. Shelby Reynolds, 13, 30:27.3, Barnum.
15-19
1. Kelly Crump, 16, 28:38.5, Barnum.
20-29
1. Haley Radel, 23, 24:17.6, Moose Lake; 2. Sarah Williams, 29, 26:54.4, Cloquet; 3. Stephanie Keinanen, 24, 27:02.9, Willow River.
30-39
1. Maria Macioce, 38, 26:52.0, Proctor; 2. Andrea Agar, 35, 27:56.6, Duluth; 3. Sara Sieling, 37, 28:06.8, Pine City.
40-49
1. Sara Prosen, 43, 24:56.8, Esko; 2. Kristie Sundquist, 40, 26:48.2, Cloquet; 3. Stacy Haller, 42, 27:34.8, Sawyer.
50-59
1. Peggy Billings, 51, 29:52.7, Duluth; 2. Terry Kolenda, 57, 30:59.2, Duluth; 3. Doreen Mossberg, 50, 31:35.5, Sturgeon Lake.

60-69

1. Claudia Cottrell, 68, 30:41.0, Duluth; 2. Penny Agar, 65, 33:34.8, Duluth; 3. Amy Rogge, 65, 35:43.9, Superior.
70 and Over
1. Sara Cherne, 71, 29:30.3, Duluth; 2. Marilyn Schnobrich, 78, 29:47.7, Duluth; 3. Marva Sahs, 70, 37:39.7, Spooner, Wis.

Duluth's Kelly Pechous comes to the finish line of the 14th annual Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Pumpkin Run and Walk 5K on Saturday, Oct. 19, as the top female finisher, and seventh overall, with a time of 20:34.9. (Dave Harwig / Pine Journal)
Duluth's Kelly Pechous comes to the finish line of the 14th annual Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Pumpkin Run and Walk 5K on Saturday, Oct. 19, as the top female finisher, and seventh overall, with a time of 20:34.9. (Dave Harwig / Pine Journal)

Duluth's Scott Behling comes to the finish line of the 14th annual Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Pumpkin Run and Walk 5K race Saturday, Oct. 19, to win with a time of 15:49.7. (Dave Harwig / Pine Journal)
Duluth's Scott Behling comes to the finish line of the 14th annual Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Pumpkin Run and Walk 5K race Saturday, Oct. 19, to win with a time of 15:49.7. (Dave Harwig / Pine Journal)