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Six years of Standing Strong

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Competitors rush out of the gate at the Standing Strong 5k May 19, 2018. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Brad Narveson and Jim Glaser check their times after completing the race. Narveson was only recently cleared to run after having an aneurysm replacement and bypass surgery last year. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

COTTAGE GROVE — Hundreds rushed through the bright red Standing Strong archway the morning of May 19 for the sixth annual 5k at Hamlet Park.

Solomon Lankow, 15, rushed through the finish line first with a time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds. Julia Finch, 13, was the first female finisher with a time of 21:30.

The Standing Strong 5k raises money each year for anti-bullying programs at Oltman and Cottage Grove middle schools.