MUSIC MAN: Accordion-playing runner breaks record

Published: Aug. 6, 2022 at 2:58 PM CDT
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CHISHOLM, MN. (KBJR) - Steve Solkela may have proved Saturday that music can be a sport.

“The only rule is you can’t stop playing for four beats,” Solkela said.

He ran in the Chisholm All Class Reunion 5K to beat his own record of running while playing the accordion.

“34:34 which is not good,” he said.

While waiting at the starting line, Solkela played pump up tunes like “Eye of the Tiger”.

Mark Wangensteen helpled organize this weekend’s events. He posted online that Solkela would be running and it got people talking.

“Got a lot of attention and a lot of people are coming to town for this,” he said.

Wangensteen planned several events, from the race to a fireworks display on Saturday night.

“I was just trying to get as many events as I could,” he said, “and get people to come back to town and have a good time.”

Solkela might have been the one to bring the good time with him. He played his accordion the entire race, not stopping once. He finished the race with a time of 33:57, beating his previous record of 34:34.

“I feel great, yeah that first mile was rough I was coughing up a bunch of stuff,” Solkela said.

But Solkela says the only thing that matters, is he broke the record.

“We got her done, the accordion, it paid off,” he said.

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