Fargo Marathon, Scheels team up to donate shoes to elementary students

The duo donated shoes throughout the metro Friday.

Man unloading boxes from a trailer
Fargo Marathon executive director Mark Knutson, unloading boxes of shoes to be donated to area children Friday, Dec. 17.
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WEST FARGO — The Fargo Marathon and Scheels gave back to local elementary students in need Friday, Dec. 17.

Together, the businesses collected over 2,300 pairs of shoes for kids, amounting to trucks filled to the brim with shoes.

Their first stop was at L.E. Berger School in West Fargo. There they were greeted by teachers to disperse the shoes to help those less fortunate.

"A lot of those kids, if they can't afford shoes, it's hard," said Mark Knutson, Executive Director for the Fargo Marathon. "They can't be in football, they can't be in hockey, they can't be in all that. But, if we can give them a pair of shoes — and the most basic sport in the world is running and walking, so hopefully we'll at least get them on the right path to doing that."

It's Marathon's 11th year of doing the shoe donation, and their donation has grown to what it is, up from the initial 1,000 shoe goal.


Typically it would come earlier in the year, but because of supply chain issues, they decided to push it closer to Christmas.

"To be able to do it at Christmas time is extra special," said Caryn Olson, Fargo Scheels Marketing Leader. "We love giving back to the community. We love supporting the kids. We love being able to put a pair of shoes — maybe some running shoes — on kids; get those early marathoners going and get them involved with the sport."

It's a tradition they hope to carry on, for years to come.

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