Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Off and running

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | News | May 15th, 2019

Runners in race through downtown Fargo - photograph by C.S. Hagen

The 15th annual Fargo Marathon is off and running. Roughly 17,000 Runners, bicyclists, and even dogs will take over the metro this week in what has become one of Fargo-Moorhead’s most anticipated yearly events.

The Fargo Marathon, which is a USA Track & Field sanction event, is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Because of this coupled with the flat terrain, runners from all over the world come to participate.

Starting as a weekend event in the early years, the marathon has grown to become an event that even those who do not run, walk, or bike the event can participate in. Year after year, the 26.2-mile course, which snakes through Fargo and parts of Moorhead, is lined with supporters cheering on the runners and encouraging them to push through to the finish.

Cody Glaser has been a very active participant in the Fargo Marathon over the years. He has run seven full- and two half-marathons, four 5k’s, and two cyclothons. He has also run several other marathons outside Fargo-Moorhead, including the Boston Marathon.

He said something that sticks out to him about the Fargo Marathon is the people who come out to cheer on the runners.

“Some of my favorite Fargo Marathon memories include the amazing crowd support every year, rain or shine,” Glaser said “…People out, cheering you on even though they don't even know you, and handing out water and food that they bought with their own money. The spectators help us get to the finish line.”

Glaser said the marathon has been instrumental in keeping him healthy and setting an example for his two sons and is something that drives him to keep participating year after year.

“I weighed about 50 pounds more before I started running and had many bad habits that I had to kick for health reasons,” Glaser said. “So, running keeps the weight off and running races keeps me motivated. I feel the need to set a positive example surrounding exercise. My youngest boy has run a couple of 5K's with me and he runs the kids race in Fargo every year and that brings me great pride.”

Glaser has seen the impact he has had on his son and, when he runs the marathon, he hopes to inspire other children and marathon supporters as well.

“I always try to high five any kid that sticks their hand because maybe that small gesture will get them excited about running and make them a runner in the future,” Glaser said. “Hopefully us runners help get some spectators to sign up on the dotted line for an upcoming race.”

The week-long Fargo Marathon kicked off Monday evening when cyclists converged in north Fargo to bike either the 15- or 26.2-mile Cyclothon. On Tuesday, dog-lovers brought their furry friends to take on the 2-mile Furgo Dog Run southwest of the Fargodome.

Runners through downtown Fargo - photograph by C.S. Hagen

The running events will begin Thursday with the kids’ 1/2- and 1- mile runs. The 5K takes place on Friday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s activities begin bright and early with lineups at 6 a.m. There will also be a chapel event, lineup announcements, singing of the National Anthem and an invocation before the race. The full marathon starts at 7 a.m. and the half-marathon follows at 7:15 a.m. There will also be an Old Broadway Post-Race Concert from 6-11 p.m. Saturday evening.

The Fargo Marathon also features a health and fitness expo from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Glaser said he encourages anyone to find an event at the Fargo Marathon and give it a try, or to come out and watch it first.

“Running has literally changed my life physically and emotionally and it largely is due to The Fargo Marathon,” Glaser said. “If anyone is on the fence about running a 5K up through a marathon, just go watch the Fargo Marathon and all the races it involves and I think it just might get you motivated enough to sign up for your first race and it just might be at the Fargo Marathon.

“I guarantee it will change your life because it definitely changed mine and continues to do so.”

Recently in:

FARGO - Rain or shine, the Fargo Antiques ROADSHOW is scheduled to last all day on June 1 at Bonanzaville. The show is part of a five-city tour, and the venues are chosen for their historic significance. As all tickets are…

Shodan has been called the “scariest search engine on the internet.” It has the ability to expose and allow access to many devices including servers, computers, phones, fridges, traffic lights, security cameras and even control…

Wednesday, May 29, 5-8 p.m.Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave N, FargoThis event is an open house style maker’s session. Participants will receive an 11 inch canoe model and access to a supply buffet. Artist Hosts will be available…

Editorial

Congrats grads!

by Sabrina Hornung

It’s that time of year again. Recent grads are unleashed and set out to make their mark on the world. It’s funny how something can be simultaneously liberating and terrifying. If we could spread any pearls of wisdom to these…

Guns, Lockdowns, and Panic ButtonsThe girl is now a seventh grader at Sandy Hook Elementary. In 2012 she was the only survivor of her first grade class of 21 in a mass school shooting. Among the first words by this six-year-old to…

To say that this year’s Bartenders Battle was the best display of talent in the six years since its creation would be an understatement and a disservice to not only the bartenders who made it into the competition, but also the…

Quiche is a great addition to any brunch. It’s almost like a wardrobe staple that you can dress up or dress down. I made one for my 90-year-old grandma for mother’s day last weekend. She’s a good critic when I try out a new…

There is a golden oldie by Peter Allen called “Everything Old is New Again”, and that is certainly true about vinyl records. It is no secret that vinyl records are no longer just your parents’ musical format. Their…

Impossibly beautiful lead performers underline the YA fantasy aspects of Ry Russo-Young’s translation of “The Sun Is Also a Star,” based on Nicola Yoon’s bestseller. Russo-Young’s sharp handling of the 2017 adaptation of…

The Plains Art Museum is ready to take you back in time – or forward, if you prefer – for their 23rd annual Spring Gala. The theme for this year’s event, which takes place on Friday, May 3, is Time Machine.The Spring Gala is…

Countless examples can be found throughout the history of great art that was only recognized as such after the life of the artist that created it. Such is true of Georges Bizet’s opera "Carmen."  While its reception during his…

Stand-up comedy is traditionally a one-way exchange. Outside of the odd question addressed to a random audience member, the limit of the spectators’ contribution to the conversation is their laughter at the comedy stylings being…

By Gabrielle Herschgabbyhersch@gmail.comThink & Drink is coming to Fargo! Organized by Humanities North Dakota, Think & Drink is a happy hour series that hosts a facilitated public conversation about big issues and ideas. Lead by a…

I’m a big man, I’m tall and powerful, but this also causes some issues in the body department. I suffer from acute scoliosis in my lower back, and pain radiates from this area on a daily basis. I have only ever had one massage…

by Devin Joubertdevinlillianjoubert@gmail.comIt’s that beautiful time of the year that’s filled with seasonal decorations, sparkly lights, warm family gatherings, and delicious feasts. I love everything about this time of the…

Last Word

Meritocracy is a lie

by HPR Contributor

By Gary Olsonolsong@moravian.eduIn 2017, Sociology Professor Rachel Sherman wrote “Uneasy Street: The Anxiety of Affluence,” a book which drew from 50 in-depth interviews with uber-wealthy New Yorkers in order to obtain a…