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Published May 21, 2011, 03:58 PM

Racing fans enjoy the bands lining the Marathon course

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota's biggest tourist attraction, the 7th annual Fargo Marathon, kicked off with 12 thousand runners. To many spectators, it's the biggest and loudest year in its history.

The national anthem started the big run. By the 7:30 start time, runners near the Fargodome were ready and eager to go.

The route stretched from North to South Fargo and into Moorhead then back. In all three days of runs, more than 23-thousand people took part.

DOROTHY STANGLER - Watching the Marathon: “Why Fargo and why not? So yeah it is just a fun thing to do, I think it's a great thing for Fargo.

The newest addition to the marathon was a big hit. 30 bands lined the course. Photojournalist Todd Kurtz talked with bands, fans and runners about the attraction.

"People used to say the marathon that Fargo rocks so what they did is it kind of stuck so they wanted to make a rock-n-roll atmosphere."

"I don't know what to expect, but the marathon is just so much energy."

"Just the rhythm of the music just keeps things moving so much better."

Their goal was to have a band every mile.

"I think they should have it at like every turn they go to."

"I think it pumps up the runners like every time they get to a new band it's something different."

RAVEN DARKCLOUD - Folk Rock Singer: "When I see their faces when they pass by, they always give me a thumbs up. I can hear them singing or mouthing the words to the songs that I’m playing you know and it's like yeah ok cool he hears me, right on."

PAUL - Front Fenders: “We were already half joking about some of the things we can't say when people run by, like we don't want to tell them do you realize how far it is to the dome? Um you don't look so good. We can't use those things we're just going to try to get people fired up."

"Gets you going gets the people out gets them cheering and really amps you up."

"I think that's really kind of getting it off their mind that they're running."

"I think it's a great, a great addition to the marathon."

The bands volunteer to play. Marathon leaders hope to have this event again.