FARGO — This year's Red River flood is forcing the organizers of the Fargo Marathon to remove many areas near the river banks from race routes.
With many parts of the route still muddy or flooded, the maps are going to be changed quite a bit, according to Marathon director Mark Knutson — though the revised maps have not yet been released.
Knutson says paths along the river are being eliminated because of high waters and unsafe running conditions.
Oak Grove, Gooseberry and Lindenwood parks, as well as Jack William Stadium and the Hjemkomst Center have been removed from routes.
"Those have to go away, there's just no way that'll get down (the water) and the other piece is, even if the water gets down, they're just dirty they have to get cleaned up," Knutson said.
A map of the revised routes has not yet been provided but the Veteran's Memorial Bridge will be included.
Races for the Fargo Marathon will begin on May 17 starting with the 5K. The Marathon itself is May 18.