Caiden Dawes, Annika Rotvold win Fargo Marathon 10K
The two winners of Saturday's Essentia Health Fargo Marathon 10K men's and women's races hail from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and Hillsboro, North Dakota, just 1,311 miles apart.
FARGO — The two winners of Saturday's Essentia Health Fargo Marathon 10K came from cities 1,311 miles apart.
Caiden Dawes, all the way from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, finished the men's 10K in first place overall in 34 minutes, 6 seconds.
The 17-year-old Dawes was joined in victory by Hillsboro, North Dakota's Annika Rotvold of Hillsboro, North Dakota. The 25-year-old finished sixth overall and first among women in 36:55.
It was Dawes' first time running a 10K race. So why come all the way from New Mexico? His mother, Jaime, was running the marathon, and both were intrigued by the flat and fast conditions of the courses.
"My mom was here for the marathon, but it was a flat, low-elevation course, so I felt like I could run fast," Caiden Dawes said. "The conditions were perfect. They were fairly windy, cold and flat."
Rotvold is a North Dakota State cross country and track and field alum. She entered the 10K to try something different.
"A new challenge, I guess," she said. "I just thought it would be fun to switch it up a little bit."
Scott Kvidera, 26, of Grand Forks, finished second overall in 34:13, seven seconds behind Dawes.
Rounding out the podium was 20-year-old Michael Srinivasan of Maysville, Kentucky, who finished in 34:39.
Madelyn Miller from Brainerd, Minnseota, came home in second place in the women's division. Miller, 14, finished in 41:42, good for 19th overall.
West Fargo's Casie Coulter, 38, finished seven seconds behind Miller in 41:49, good for 20th overall.
Fargo's Antonio Molina was the metro area's top 10K finisher. The 37-year-old finished 10th overall and ninth among men in 38:23.