Big Numbers

It looks like Fargo has really embraced this whole running concept. The marathon Web site says an "overwhelming increase" in participants has forced race organizers to put a cap on each of the races. While the marathon relay reached its cap some time ago, there are less than 400 spots left in each the 5K,…
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A “killer” Trip

During training last year for my first half marathon, the last three weeks were plagued by pain in my lower back and hip. It affected my natural gait and I was seriously concerned that I wouldn’t be able to finish my last few workouts, let alone be able to race in the Beardsley race in…
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Throttle Slowly, Then Hammer Down

The biggest mistake many runners, experienced and novice alike, make on race day is starting out too fast. I’ve been there, and found out the hard way in several races last year as a newbie to the sport. It took about 7 or 8 races to figure out that I was starting too fast, and…
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Tough To Taper

Today I stopped to chat with a friend who is running this Saturday’s marathon to see how he was doing. Before I could ask, he mentioned that tapering down the miles were bothering him. He’s a veteran marathoner, though, and knows what he’s doing. It will be two short, easy runs before Saturday to ensure…
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The Fargo Shootout

Spectators for the Fargo Marathon could see a shootout among the men’s leaders. In today’s Forum newspaper, Kevin Schnepf reports two-time champion Chad Wallin will be back to defend his title. He’ll likely have to run a great race to capture his third consecutive time since two runners from the Minnesota-based Duma Running Club will…
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The First Time

For those of you who’ve run races, do you remember that first one? What it was like? Who was there? My first race was last year’s relay in the Fargo Marathon. Not only was I running in it, somehow I convinced three co-workers – all former collegiate runners – to join my team. Here I…
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