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Participants expressed delights for having Fargo Marathon back



Fargo, North Dakota – The Fargo Marathon was finally held and more than 40 individuals participated in the run.

“We’re having the marathon back in Fargo again. It’s really exciting to see it come back. It’s fun to see the community back into the marathon. It’s one of our premier events, it brings a lot of people into the community. So we’re very pleased that it’s restarted and hope to see it in the spring early, again,” said Fargo Mayor, Dr. Tim Mahoney.

Runners paced themselves to the finish line in the 10K, 13.1 mile half marathon, and 26.2 mile full marathon, which took place throughout the day.

Mark Messmer, from Castle Rock, Colorado was the winner of the Sanford Health Fargo Marathon.

“It means a lot for sure. It’s my first race in pretty much two years because of covid and to come out and have a great crowd like this and have this many competitors out there. It feels really good to get a win too,” said Mark Messmer, the Fargo Marathon Men’s Winner.

Other marathon participants expressed their delight for having running events back after many cancellations due to the pandemic.

“We all missed a year of racing and even this year has been slow, so it just felt really good to be out there in a race atmosphere and be able to run again,” said the Fargo Women’s Half Marathon Winner, Megan Smith.

“This race has been on my radar now for like two years, you just really prepare and set that goal and I think that’s my favorite thing. Trying to check out goals,” Fargo Men’s Half Marathon Winner, Spencer Ruebke said.

“I’m just wishing everybody else as much luck as I had today and that they just have fun and enjoy it. It’s awesome to be able to come back together,” Adam Pangrac said, Fargo Men’s 10K Marathon Winner.

“After covid and so many cancellations it’s extra special. I’ve always dreamed about this run and winning it. I train when I can so it’s extra special to actually do so well,” Casie Coulter said, Fargo Women’s 10K Marathon Winner.

The winner of the full marathon finished in two hours, twenty-one minutes, and one second.