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Published September 13, 2010, 12:00 AM

Wagner: ‘Appointed rounds’ turn dangerous at Beardsley

There’s something special about this time of year. The air is filled with runners’ excitement: the heat and humidity seems to have lifted, leaving us with cooler for running, and the regional race calendar is packed with events every weekend through October.

There’s something special about this time of year. The air is filled with runners’ excitement: the heat and humidity seems to have lifted, leaving us with cooler for running, and the regional race calendar is packed with events every weekend through October.

Runners who ramped up their efforts for the Fargo Marathon in the spring and continued to train through the summer are rewarded with terrific events, with the crown jewel being this past weekend’s Dick Beardsley Half Marathon in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

More than 1,500 people ran in one of the three events. Near-perfect weather, a great course and good race organization made for another memorable year – and the post-race camaraderie, pizza and beverages at Zorbaz help this event once again earn a top five highlight of my year.

This despite a strange and outlandish display giving a whole new meaning to the term “going postal.”

A postal carrier, driving a white mail truck, intentionally drove his vehicle on a closed road and through the finishers’ chute while the race was in progress – stubbornly inching his vehicle past runners, race volunteers and spectators. Never mind there was room for him to go around the outside of the chute.

Or that there are no residential mail boxes on that stretch of road, which is bordered by a baseball field and a city park. It would have been quicker and easier for him to drive one block around.

A friend asked the mail man if he was seriously planning to drive through the finishers’ chute. The carrier stopped his truck and barked that the mail had to get through.

Never mind the road was closed – by city permit. Or the danger posed to runners trying to finish after a long race. Or the idea he would have been in the way of medical personnel if they needed to get through.

Perhaps this guy needs an attitude check and a reprimand, preferably with unpaid leave.

On an unrelated note, registration for the 2011 Fargo Marathon opened last week. The race weekend is planned for May 19-21. The race organizers developed a winning formula for this year’s event, and the 2011 version will be very similar. Visit fargomarathon.com online for more details.


Forum News Director Steve Wagner writes a running blog, which can be found at www.areavoices.com/runningspud. He can be reached at (701) 241-5542 or swagner@forumcomm.com.

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