Honoring the man who kept the Fargo Marathon running
As the thousands of athletes run out of the Fargodome for the Fargo Marathon they will honor a man known for his dedication to the marathon over the years and his incredible integrity.
FARGO — When asked if 61-year-old Connie Lau was ready for her first-ever race, the Fargo Marathon 5K event she made it pretty clear.
"No, no," she said with a laugh.
However, she wasn't running for a medal, but to honor her late husband, Doug Lau. Their two sons also joined the event.
"We are so proud, we couldn't be more proud," she said.
Doug Lau is considered one of the key people who helped get the Fargo Marathon across the starting line nearly two decades ago. The long time employee of Coca-Cola helped form a very important sponsorship. Doug Lau never ran a race in his life, but he quickly became a key component of "running" the race to make sure it went off without a hitch.
"We didn't see much of dad throughout this week, he was gone really early and didn't come back until late at night," recalled his son Chris Lau.
On race day, Doug Lau would setup the drink stations at 4 a.m. and wait until every runner had passed to take them down. Except one time one runner was too far behind, but Doug refused to leave him high and dry.
"Doug left paper cups along the route in case he needed water," said Connie Lau.
As runners leave the dome this year they will honor him as they pass under the Doug Lau Memorial Mile sign.
"Dad didn't do things for the accolades or the glory, he did it for his community," said his son Matt Lau.
A family and a community honoring the man who always kept the race running.
"I'm sure he has goose bumps," said Connie.