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Art Of The Marathon

A half moon towered above. Stars speckled the pre-dawn sky. The faint heat from nearby bonfires buffered the morning chill in the Pine Mountains. At the starting line of the St. George Marathon, at 5,243 feet above sea level, thousands huddle for the start on a highway desolate 364 other days of the year. It’s in this place, on…
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Disrupting The Finish Line

Maybe they’re being clever, or simply coy, but Sunday’s planned protest at the Twin Cities Marathon certainly has a level of intrigue. Each October, Minnesota’s signature fall marathon attracts thousands of runners, including hundreds from the Fargo and Grand Forks areas. It’s among the nation’s best and receives exceptionally high marks for being well-organized and picturesque. The…
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A Wild Weekend

This weekend Grand Forks will play host to the Wild Hog Half Marathon and it should be the best year yet. You can get all the details on the race website and follow along on Facebook to catch important updates. With the expo already under way, there will be a frenzy of activity over the…
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The Climb

Crisp mornings. The cusp of full colors. Racing season. This time of the year is hard to top for energy and excitement. A summer’s worth of hard work and play is about to unfold at races across the northern climes — and many of us hope to squeeze the most out of Mother Nature before…
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Fast Enough

Three blocks goes by quickly when everything feels good. After a few miles at an easy pace, my cadence picked up and my strides felt smooth. The adjustments from a chiropractic appointment prior to last Saturday’s half marathon were still paying dividends — unexpected after my hamstrings screamed with disapproval over moving at race pace. For…
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Food For Thought

It hardly seems a trip to the grocery store should bring so much excitement. But when you rearrange your schedule to run miles and miles, but not the time to go through the food aisles, the cupboards start looking a little bare. Slim pickings, coupled with exhaustion from running and a busy schedule for work and…
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Won’t Back Down

After a less-than-thrilling performance, it can be a bit discouraging to hop back on the training wagon and keep running. In fact, it’s probably pretty normal to start questioning methods and whether the effort was worth it. A little perspective, though, can make all the difference. After all, runners tend to be pretty hard on…
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