WATCH: Sean Tostenson wins Fargo Cyclothon, Tim Bergstraser named MSUM men's basketball head coach

Sean Tostenson finishes in first in the Fargo Cyclothon.

Sean Tostenson crosses the finish line first in the Fargo Cyclothon .
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FARGO — Fargo Marathon week kicked off today with the Fargo Cyclothon.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the north side Buffalo Wild Wings for the 26.2 mile race. The course included a loop of Fargo North, Harwood and Moorhead.

Fargo native, Sean Tostenson, competed in his first ever bike race and beat out the rest of the competition crossing the finish line first.

While that's an amazing accomplishment in itself, Tostenson never thought this would be possible two years ago, where he found it difficult to run around his block.

He found new motivation to start his fitness journey after the loss of his stillborn son, Oliver.


"On that day my wife almost died too," said Tostenson. "When we lost our son and I hit rock bottom, I don't know, for some reason God told me I needed to go for a run."

After reflecting on his win Tostenson said, "it's all for Oliver and that's all it is. It's not for me."

Tostenson has pictures of his son taped to his bike as a constant reminder to keep going throughout the race.

Tostenson's next race is the IronMan Triathlon at Des Moines on June 12.

After serving as Chad Walthall's top assistant for the last four seasons, Tim Bergstraser was named MSUM men's basketball head coach.

Bergstraser served as the interim head coach for the past two months and said the stress of the process was starting to get to him.

"You get a little edgy, hopeful this is a spot you wanted to be," said Bergstraser. "In the end I had the faith they wanted me here, believed I'd be the right guy for the job."

"When he started out as a grad assistant, he is one of those people, he's special," said Athletic Director Chad Markuson. "We watched him develop and grow as a coach. There isn't one defining moment, just an accumulation of many moments to prove to me he's the right guy for the job."


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