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Published May 22, 2010, 03:53 PM

Record setting day at the 6th Fargo Marathon

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - It was a record setting day in this the 6th Fargo Marathon. The wind and the rain couldn't slow those who were determined to finish the 26.2 mile race.

One man running the marathon for the first time was Chris Erichsen. And one man winning the marathon for the first time was the same Chris Erichson.

The St. Paul native, not only won the race today. He did it in record fashion with a time of just under 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Despite that impressive showing, Erichsen said all he was really thinking about was just running a solid race.

“I just wanted to get a good time today. The first one, you never know how you're going to feel and so definitely a confidence booster going into my upcoming races and then for the next season, next year, next five years. So I’m really happy.”

Leah Thorvilson was really happy as well. The former Arkansas Razorback ran her way into the Fargo Marathon record books with a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes and 52 seconds. That's good enough to qualify her for the U.S. Olympic trials.

Speaking of the Olympics, Thorvilson said that's what this experience reminded her of.

“You watch these videos of the Olympics when they finish in a stadium. I did not expect to have this many people here. I was like, oh wow. Hi I'm famous. In their mind they probably don't know who I am or care, but I'm just going to wave like a pageant princess anyway. It was awesome.”

And here is a look at the winners from the half-marathon. For the men, Sammy Malakwen won with a record time of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 27 seconds.

And for the women, it was Jenna Boren also with a record setting time of 1 hour, 17 minutes and 56 seconds.