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Published May 18, 2012, 07:00 PM

Fargo Marathon Director Mark Knutson provides some last minute advice

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The final preparations are nearly complete and for the nearly 2,700 runners competing in Saturday's marathon the tension is building to a fever pitch.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

The final preparations are nearly complete and for the nearly 2,700 runners competing in Saturday's marathon the tension is building to a fever pitch. Thousands of runners will run either the full or half marathon tomorrow. Race Director Mark Knutson has a little advice for those running the marathon.

Mark Knutson – Fargo Marathon Race Director: “A lot of times first time runners or novice runners will get into the hype of the moment. You start off with the group and there are 6,000 people and the music is playing and everyone gets very excited. It's easy to get out and do the first one, two, three miles way faster than you should. So, make sure you pull yourself back a little bit and ease into that race.”

Jody: “What are the water stations like for someone who's never ran a race like this?”

Mark Knutson: “Too many people make the mistake of, ‘I have to run through that aid station. I have to get through there fast because I got to keep my pace.’ They dump half of it down there shirt or in their eyes, and then they're feeling it for the rest of the race. Take your time.”

Jody: “That's good, because I was thinking about just splashing it in my face. So, that's good to hear.

Mark Knutson: “Yeah, no take your time.”

Jody: “The marathon route features plenty of great scenery, including right here on the Main Avenue bridge, which, is actually where the first Marathon started.”

Mark Knutson: “It's a thing of beauty. The architecture, the pillars that are there. The flags, the American flag, the North Dakota flag. It's a great sight.”

Jody: “Another scenic path is exclusive to full marathon runners. It goes into North Fargo in neighborhoods near Edgewood Golf Course.”

Mark Knutson: “The streets up there are beautiful. The trees are gorgeous. It's nice and calm up there. That's going to be a great way for the marathon runners to ease into the race.”

One last bit of advice, that has quickly become my favorite - Carbo-loading.

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