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Brendan Sage, Rachel King win Fargo Half Marathon

The soon-to-be married couple from St. Michael, Minnesota won their second race together Saturday

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Brendan Sage crosses the finish line in first place during the Essentia Health Fargo Half Marathon on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the Fargodome.
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FARGO — Brendan Sage and Rachel King won the Fargo Half Marathon on Saturday morning.

Sage, 26, from St. Michael, Minnesota, clocked in at 1 hours, 7 minutes and 6 seconds to finish first overall.

King, 25, also from St. Michael, finished 17th overall and was the women's division champion in 1:20:11.

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Rachel King crosses the finish line in first place in the women's half marathon during the Essential Health Fargo Marathon on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the Fargodome.
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At first glance, both half marathon winners hailing from the same hometown may seem like a coincidence.

However, Sage and King know one another. In fact, they're engaged and soon-to-be married.

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King said it was the second time she and her fiancé have won the same race together.

"He was training me for a little bit up to this point," King said of running the half marathon together. "In 2019, in the fall, we ran the Sioux Falls 10K together and we both won. So this is our second time both winning."

Sage ran the Fargo Half Marathon in 2019, as well. He won the race that year and set his personal best at the time.

"I ran this the last time it was held in person (in the spring), and I had my PR here," he said. "So it was a really good time."

Saturday's victory came as a bit of a surprise for Sage, as the result was looking like a long shot halfway through the 13.1-mile course.

"It's pretty awesome because I didn't think I was going to win halfway through the race," he said. "I stuck with the first place guy until about three miles to go, and then I just did what I could to push whatever I had left."

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It's the first marathon win for the 29-year-old from Minneapolis, who ran six previous marathons before Saturday.

Sage also said he had more time to train this time around as opposed to the 2019 event.

"It feels like more of an accomplishment," he said. "I don't think I got the necessary training in when I did it last time."

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Being her first half marathon, King said she was thrilled just to make it to the finish line, let alone win.

"It was a really tough last three miles, so to be able to get to the finish honestly was so surreal," she said.

King said there was only one point during the race where she and Sage knew how one another was doing.

"There was one out-and-back point where we went over and high-fived each other as we were passing," she said. "Every race, there's always some kind of turnaround point where we get to see each other, so it was fun."

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Daniel Chaplin, 31, from Homewood, Alabama gives fist bumps to people cheering for him after he finished his half marathon race on Saturday, May 21, 2022, inside the Fargodome.
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Connor Reck, 28, of Minneapolis finished second overall in the half marathon in 1:07:16, just 10 seconds behind Sage. Hawley, Minnesota's Daniel Borash, 28, finished third overall in 1:11:33 to round out the podium.

Finishing behind King in second place among women was Fargo's Maddie Van Beek. The 30-year-old finished in 1:20:35, just 24 seconds behind King and good enough for 20th overall.

Columbus, Ohio's Amy Haas completed the women's podium in 1:23:35. The 28-year-old finished 23rd overall.

King said running has bonded herself and Sage together for several years now, and the couple has no plans to stop any time soon.

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"It's pretty special," she said. "We went to college together and we've been doing this a long time. That's what makes our relationship so great, is that we can do this until the end of time. You can run forever."

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Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or rspitza@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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