Fargo Marathon won in Convincing FashionFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The full marathon loaded with 21-hundred runners was won in convincing fashion, and our own Dom Izzo had the best seat to watch it.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
The full marathon loaded with 21-hundred runners was won in convincing fashion, and our own Dom Izzo had the best seat to watch it.
Jody in past years, the Fargo Marathon has been a tight affair, decided in the last couple of miles, today's race was decided in the first couple of minutes, as Germany's Oliver Hoffman took control and never looked back
becoming the first foreign winner of the Fargo marathon.
Few marathons have a wire to wire winner, but Fargo did this year Hoffman took control right from the get go, he had an early challenge from Hillary Kogo from Kenya, but before the race left the North side of town, Hoffman was clear of everyone.
Hoffman: "First 10 miles was easy but when you run along it was tough, was too hard, maybe next year I can run faster, normally look for time today only for winning, after halfway knew 2:22 was not possible, just focused on winning the race."
Nice race is an understatement in a stiff wind, Hoffman was consistently running 5:20-5:30 miles, and by the turnaround on 40th Avenue South, was actually passing Russel Stein, who finished 2nd.
Hoffman: "Mile 23 I was told he was 4 minutes behind me, maybe that's enough."
Perhaps an even better feeling for Hoffman than winning was the 1,500 payday he gets for winning, which he plans on putting to good use.
Hoffman: "Most important thing I won, got enough money for the ticket plane ticket. Yeah! And it's enough for a nice party in the evening."