The Mountain Lake Road Race is one of the longest lasting events of its kind in the state of Minnesota and Sunday it showed why.

A part of the annual five–day "Pow Wow", nearly 500 participants from across the region registered to run or walk in one of the five races offered:

1 & 2 Mile Fitness Walk, Half-Mile Kids Race (9 & under, 12 & over), The Mountain Lake Mile, and Four Mile race.

Either cruising in a wheelchair or sprinting to the finish line, individuals of all ages proved they could outrace the heat.

The Mountain Lake Road Race is one of the longest lasting in the state of Minnesota as well as the least expensive, for it is manned solely by a team of volunteers.

For a race that has gone on for 45 years, the founder says two things have made it possible to maintain the longevity.

Founder Paul Metcalf says "Two things, a good organization and quality t–shirts. If you don't have either one of those, you don't have a road race."

Co-race director Mike Nelson added "A small town race but with a big city organization and atmosphere. This will become a carnival."

A quilt of all 45 t–shirts could be seen on display to showcase the history of this event.

Once each participant crossed the finish line, they were greeted by Miss Mountain Lake Royalty where a medal would be placed upon them to celebrate their accomplishment.

For more information about the race, you can visit or to view the rest of the events taking place for the 84th Pow Wow, click on

- KEYC 12