And the next race up: Fargo Marathon in Fargo, North Dakota.
I’ll admit I haven’t trained for it. I’ve been doing many things these last couple of months but running hasn’t featured heavily on the to do list. That’s ok – I’m in no hurry and see this one as an experience in a new place – a state and city I have never been before. This marathon has a lot of hype and seems to be highly enjoyed by the people who run it. So why wouldn’t I do this race?
|Recipient of the Runner’s World Reader’s Choice Award as the #1 Best Value Marathon in America||Recognized as the 8th Best Overall Marathon in America (Runner’s World, January 2010)|
So, this will be my seventh state towards that 50 State marathon goal. It’s a road trip – 12 hour drive up there and then 12 back. All the road trip joys will apply: iPod full of songs and audiobooks; cooler full of snacks with at least one stop for a milkshake along the way; time for at least one outlandish and/or dubious roadside attraction; and miles and miles of highway unfolding into the distance. Fun!
I’m actually in two races – the 5k on Friday night and the marathon on Saturday. The 5k is a charity event for the local community: http://www.fargomarathon.com/5krace.htm
“FARGO MARATHON 5K: Help Us Put A New Pair of Running Shoes on Children In Our Community
Let’s take one huge step forward for our community. This spring Fargo Marathon, Dakota Medical Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and NIKE have partnered together to produce a matching funds program with the goal of raising enough money to purchase a new pair of running shoes for 1000 underprivileged children in the Red River Valley. Your 5K registration will make a difference. 1 Race, 3.1 miles, 10,000 people, 1000 pairs of shoes.”
The race starts at 8:15 – decadent! – and I am ready to roll. 🙂
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA FARGO 5K