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Race Recap: Fargo Half-Marathon

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It could have been the increased level of training. It might have been the no alcohol for 30+ days. Perhaps it was just a good day running. But, I think there is more to it.

This morning I ran the Fargo Half-Marathon in Fargo, North Dakota. Having never been to the state before, I am now able to cross another state off the half-marathon list and certainly earned today’s medal on the course. The weather this morning brought quite a bit of rain, gusty winds of 35+ MPH and cooler temperatures in the mid 40s to the Fargo area but no matter what was thrown at me, I was going to have a good race today.

Throughout the course, the rain came down pretty much from start to finish and the headwind seemed the toughest in the final three miles of the race. But even with that, I kept the legs moving and focused on my pacing, hydration and breathing and felt quite strong from start to finish.

The race starts and finishes inside the Fargodome, a large field house home to North Dakota State University. Half-marathon runners kicked off right at 7:15 AM and made our way out onto the rain soaked course. Kudos to the strong folks of Fargo for still coming out and supporting runners along the way with bands, DJs, signs and fans cheering throughout the course.

The course itself was pancake flat just about the entire way with some of the more gradual hills noted to be underneath overpasses so they passed quite quickly. The route took runners through residential neighborhoods of Fargo, through historic downtown Fargo and then back into the Fargodome for the finish line. Inside the Fargodome at the finish line, runners could be seen on the Jumbotron and an announcer called out runners’ names as they made their way in. After finishing the race, runners were given a water and their finisher medal and then were corralled past tables of food where I chose to have some Nutter Butter cookies and chocolate milk. A cover band played tunes inside the Fargodome and rocked out an amazing array of songs ranging from Africa to Piano Man to 867-5309.

As I noted previously, today I was running for something bigger than myself. As I have posted previously, today’s Fargo Half-Marathon I dubbed Miles for MSA and ran the race to raise funds for The MSA Coalition in honor of my dad who is currently courageously battling MSA with a strength and attitude that can only be described as inspirational. Thanks to so many friends, family members and even a few random strangers, I raised $3,175 for The MSA Coalition!

Multiple system atrophy is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a combination of symptoms that affect both the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that controls involuntary action such as blood pressure or digestion) and movement. The number of Americans affected by the disease is less than 50,000. It’s a wildly unknown disease, one without a playbook for how to wade through it and one without a cure as of this time.

Being able to bring awareness to MSA and to be able to run in honor of my dad is honestly the least I could do after all that my dad has given to me throughout the years. I tagged my sneaker heel with Miles for MSA and when I talked to my dad last night he told me to have a good run and thanked me for running (and of course added a bit of humor noting that the most running he has done was on the basketball court in his high school glory days). Running 13.1 miles today was made easier today despite the wind, despite the rain and despite the cool temperatures simply knowing I was running for a purpose. And you can bet that this is the first of many Miles for MSA runs I will be doing! (If you want to still help with a donation, please click here to donate online)

And with that added motivation, I scored by second best half-marathon ever! Rain, wind and cool temps were no match for me today and I finished the Fargo Half-Marathon with a time of 1:49:38 good for 8:22/miles! Great race for a great cause in honor of the best dad. #MilesForMSA

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  1. May 19, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Sounds like you ran a smart race with a good mindset. I was expecting far worse rain and wind, so when we left the Fargodome I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t all that bad 🙂

    • May 19, 2019 at 7:46 am

      Definitely could have been a lot worse. The forecast even the night before made it out to be worse than it really was which was a good thing. Really nice course! How did you do?

  2. May 20, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Thank you for your amazing fundraising efforts on behalf of those with Multiple System Atrophy and congratulations on a great race.

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