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Fitting winners in final Chileda Classic

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Saturday marked the end of an era: the final running of what's been an annual tradition in La Crosse. 

That means winning this years' Chileda Classic carried with it extra significance.

The races got underway early Saturday morning. After 32 and a half minutes, Adam Bohach of Des Moines, Iowa crossed the line in the men's 10K, winning the race. In the men's 5K, La Crosse's own Justin Stakston led home the field in 16:47.7, finally breaking through at the Classic.

"I've been running it for so many years, since the early 90s," Stakston said. "I've been close a few times, but to finally get the 'W' is something I'll remember."

There were more memorable performances in the women's races.

After 5000 meters, the crowd cheered home Flannery Cerbin from Des Moines. She took the win in the 5K with a time of 18:05.3. Then in the women's 10K, Chaseburg's Samantha Bluske brought home Chileda Classic hardware. Bluske's time of 37:11.2 seconds made her the 10K women's champion.

Bluske said afterward, "This is my first road race I ever did when I was four or five, so it's kind of what got me started running. I had to come back and do the last one. I'm sad it's over, but they've done a great thing here in La Crosse."

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