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Behr enjoys photo finish at Prairie Farms Quick Bix

Behr enjoys photo finish at Prairie Farms Quick Bix

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Nathan Behr of Aurora, Illinois, wins the Prairie Farms Quick Bix, just ahead of his dad, Michael, Saturday at the Quad-City Times Bix 7.

The Prairie Farms Quick Bix featured a photo finish, though it wasn’t the type you might expect.

Nathan Behr, 13, finished the two-mile race, part of the Quad-City Times Bix 7, with a winning time of 11 minutes, 52 seconds.

Behr's father, Michael, 42, finished just behind him and recorded the moment on his cellphone.

“Pretty good,” Nathan said of the friendly competition he got from his dad.

“Oh, there will be a day, you’ll be passed,” joked Michael, a 1994 Clinton High School grad.

The Behrs made the trip from Aurora, Illinois, where Nathan runs at Still Middle School.

Nathan ran his first Bix 7 last year but took the Quick Bix for a spin Saturday morning as he trains for the Naperville Sprint Triathlon next week. He ran a pace of 5:56 per mile.

“Based on how it feels, I think I did pretty good above what I’ve been running,” Nathan said.

“It’s hard to tell with the hills,” Michael said.

“Good hills,” Nathan added.

The course runs up Brady Street and down Perry Street before finishing down 3rd Street.

Nathan, who has competed in four or five triathlons, said he typically takes on the longer distances and runs mostly just for fun and personal bests.

“It’s really fun,” he said. “I get to meet more people the more I run, and just being out there for the experience.”

Tanya Hass was the women's winner of the Quick Bix with a time of 11:52, the third-fastest time overall.

Battling through a sinus infection, the Fargo, North Dakota, resident made the last-minute decision to run the Quick Bix instead of her fifth full Bix.

“I love doing the full seven,” said Hass, 38. “But I changed my mind this morning.”

She competed in the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon in June and ran the Boston Marathon in April.

She finished the 2015 Bix as the 39th fastest female.

“I didn’t actually even think about doing the Quick Bix until this morning, and one of the girls I’m staying with mentioned, you can do the Quick Bix if you aren’t feeling good,” said Hass. “So that’s when I decided, yeah, I think I’ll do that and next year I’ll do the seven.”

Her husband, Chris, ran at UW-Platteville and ran the full Bix race on Saturday. The two have a 3-year-old at home.

Hass, who played one year of college volleyball at Minnesota State University Moorhead, did not start running until she was 27. She said she is regaining her speed since having a child, and has dealt with a shifting pelvis, which has been an obstacle for marathon training.

Amanda Malone was the female runner-up over a minute later in 13:29.

“I know I can run faster than that, but right now, I don’t know if I can. I don’t really have the depth right now,” Hass said. “I went by feel, and I basically really wanted to work on form, because that’s been an issue, especially running downhill.”

She said the Behrs were a good distance ahead after the turn, but she caught a few guys on the way to the finish.

Up next for her is the YoungLife Triathlon in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, on Aug. 17, and the 10-mile race in October at the Twin Cities Marathon Weekend.