Near The Starting Line

It’s that time of year again — when runners and non-runners alike celebrate the sport’s most prestigious event.

The 121st Boston Marathon will begin Monday morning.

A coveted spot on the starting line is the ultimate goal for many runners, and several from North Dakota and northwest Minnesota are registered. Best of luck to those running Monday, and everyone still chasing the dream.

North Dakota

Bismarck: Lynn Beiswanger, Holly Crothers, Ray Hintz, Denise Kaelberer, Kassondra Keller, Lori Klabunde, Kathy Lein, Peter Manstrom, Sarah McCullough, Tara McDonald, Mark Momerak, David Nash, Sean Russell, Stephanie Thompson
Casselton: Christopher Nicholson
Devils Lake: Kermit Thompson
Fargo: Kevin Carollo, Jarrod Danuser, Andrew Henderson, Mandy Henderson, Dennis Hetland, Callie Sinner, Aaron Tait
Grand Forks: Robyn Bancroft, Nicholas Flom, Loren Howard, Tana Setness Hoefs
Jamestown: Miles Traiser
Mandan: Steven Tibke
Minot: Connie Feist, Rin Lauf, Chad Wallin
Wahpeton: Wayne Beyer
West Fargo: Dawn Peters

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette: David Poole
Fergus Falls: David Bjork
Fosston: Melanie Hevel-Olson
International Falls: Bob Bahr
Moorhead: Meghan Kirkwood
Perham: Brent Hanson

Among the North Dakota registrants, 10 are in Wave 1, meaning they’ve all run 3:10 or faster. And you may recognize Wallin, who is seated in Corral 1 of the first wave, as a multiple champion of the Fargo Marathon. Interestingly, Dave McGillivray, director of the Boston Marathon, will be the keynote guest speaker at this year’s Fargo Marathon.

If you’re planning to follow the race online, streaming will be available on both and NBC Sports Network, according to the Boston Marathon’s coverage webpage.

Boston: The Documentary

Boston: The Documentary details the race’s history. Narrated by Matt Damon, the film is the third and final in the Spirit of the Marathon series (the previous films came out in 2007 and 2013).

A one-night only showing is scheduled nationwide on Monday night (the photo accompanying this post was taken by Michael J. Lutch and part of the film’s press kit). According to the official showing list, though, you’ll have to travel to watch it — the closest theaters are a handful in the Twin Cities, Mankato and Sioux Falls — or wait for its release via streaming or DVD.