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Fran Carlson of Detroit Lakes accepts her first-place medal at the Uff Da Run in Woodville, Wis., on May 15 -- three days before her 90th birthday. It was the first time Carlson had attempted to take part in a running competition -- but it may not be her last.

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Most people preparing to take part in their very first marathon train for the race extensively.

The only preparation that Detroit Lakes' Fran Carlson had, however, was a train ride.


Carlson, who celebrated her 90th birthday in May, decided to begin the celebration a little early this year -- by taking part in the 9th annual "Uff Da Run" in Woodville, Wis., on May 15.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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