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Published May 21, 2012, 06:26 PM

Changes coming for 2013 Fargo Marathon

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The pace car took a wrong turn in the 10-K, the half-marathon has a memorable finish for all the wrong reasons, and 5K runners said there wasn't enough water. The Fargo Marathon director says there will be changes both on and off the race course.

The pace car took a wrong turn in the 10-K, the half-marathon has a memorable finish for all the wrong reasons, and 5K runners said there wasn't enough water. The Fargo Marathon director says there will be changes both on and off the race course.

The race director says likely the biggest changes to the race next year will be a possible adjustment of the 10K route -- keeping runners off key North Fargo streets, like Elm Street and 19th Avenue. With about 23,000 runners racing to the Fargo Marathon finish, things were bound to be a little complicated.

Mark Knutson – Fargo Marathon Director: "The 10K route and the marathon route go around each other. It's kind of confusing for our traffic people."

Confusion that lead the pace car to steer the leader of the race off course, costing him his lead. Race Director Mark Knutson says next year's course will be more clear and concise.

Mark Knutson: "We have to make a complete, circle course, so we don't have any of the head-to-head traffic for the 10K people."

Yet, racing those North Fargo streets was a blessing for Marathon Runner Lief Rasmussen, keeping him from battling the elements.

Lief Rasmussen – Marathon Runner: "Getting to run through the nice neighborhoods, big trees developed to block the wind."

It's hard to not mention perhaps the most memorable moment of the half-marathon, when 10K walkers got in the way of Fargo's Andrew Carlson, allowing Joe Moore to sneak by for first.

Lief Rasmussen: "It's kind of the nature of the game. It's too bad, but it's a race."

Mark Knutson: "I can't tell people. They are going to do what they are going to do. I can say with a clear conscience we did everything we could do to make it right."

The only other major concern was some runners say there wasn't enough water for the scorching hot 5K Friday. Knutson says an aid course with water wouldn't take care of the problem.

Mark Knutson: "Can you imagine the mass pandemonium of all those people trying to get to that section of tables where people are handing out cups?”

As far as the money raised goes, it will take a few weeks for marathon staff to tally all the funds, and determine which charities get a chance at all that cash.

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