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Posted: January 19, 2009  :

Athletics: It’s “cold as the dickens” but two octogenarians join thousands to run Securian Frozen 5K and Half Marathon

Runners and spectators urged to bring donations for Second Harvest Heartland

St. Paul, MN – January 19, 2009 – Thousands of hearty people will brave Minnesota’s cold weather to run in the Securian Frozen 5K and Half Marathon, January 24th in St. Paul. Two runners in their 80s will be among the participants – 83-year-old Burt Carlson of Mound, Minn., and 82-year-old Joy Johnson, from San Jose, California.

Carlson recently completed his 301st marathon in Negril, Jamaica. He also takes part in Ultra Marathons, which include races of 62 miles and the Lake Nokomis 24 Hour Race in Minneapolis. He has raced in all 50 states and in nine countries.

Johnson, who was born and raised in Waconia, Minn., finished first in her division in the New York City Marathon in November. She runs nearly a dozen races each year and says the Securian Frozen 5K and Half Marathon is one of her favorites. “It’s cold as the dickens, but it’s so much fun,” she said.

The Securian Frozen 5K and Half Marathon is a keystone event of the St. Paul Winter Carnival and is being held the opening weekend of the 2009 carnival, which takes place January 22 to February 1st.

The race begins and ends in downtown St. Paul at Securian Center on the corner of Sixth and Jackson Street. (Half marathon begins at 9:00 a.m.; 5K begins at 9:15 a.m.)

Securian is encouraging all runners and spectators to bring canned food or cash donations for Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger-relief organization.

“The Securian Frozen 5K and Half Marathon is a fun, community event, and we welcome spectators and runners of all ages and abilities to come to St. Paul and participate,” said Lori Koutsky, manager of the Securian Foundation. “We also hope that people will bring donations to Second Harvest Heartland to help the many in our community who are in need.”

Securian Financial Group is a long-time supporter of the Frozen 5K and Half Marathon and of Second Harvest Heartland. Securian Financial Group ( helps provide financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, retirement plans and investments. Securian has $708 billion of life insurance in force, $29 billion in assets under management as of November 30, 2008, and a work force of 3,500 employees nationwide. Securian serves more than 7 million individuals in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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