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Fargo Marathon registrations down 30%

The executive director of the marathon is hopeful the numbers will recover.

Runners take off from the start line of the Fargo Marathon’s 10k run on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at the Fargodome.
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FARGO — After they had to adjust last year's race because of COVID-19, the Fargo Marathon is back to its usual time, running from May 16 to 21.

However, participant numbers are down significantly this year.

Mark Knutson, executive director of the Fargo Marathon, saID the number of people who have signed up is down roughly 30%. As to why that might be, Knutson said, there's likely a few factors.

In a typical year, they average anywhere from 15,000 to 16,000 participants.

Last year's race was in September, which only gave a six-month buffer in between events.


Another factor is this year's brutal winter.

"It was really hard to get outside and train, and even though, you know, we're pretty hardy up here. Between the icy streets and the subzero temperatures, it was a long winter for training," Knutson said.

Though the marathon is less than two months away, organizers are trying to stay hopeful.

"We're hoping things turn around here, and we gotta get those numbers up," Knutson said. "Now's a good time to sign up for something."

To sign up, or learn more, go to www.fargomarathon.com .


Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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