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Published September 29, 2012, 04:15 PM

The first ever half marathon is a hit in Grand Forks

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's a heart-pounding, muscle-melting 13 miles. Runners took over the streets of Grand Forks this morning for the first Wild Hog Half marathon. More than 16-hundred people took part, some from clear across the country.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's a heart-pounding, muscle-melting 13 miles. Runners took over the streets of Grand Forks this morning for the first Wild Hog Half marathon. More than 16-hundred people took part, some from clear across the country.

Julie Kambeitz/Volunteer: "I'm just excited to be here, it's so exciting."

Whether you volunteer or actually run in the race, taking part in a half marathon is great way to get involved in the community and maybe even kickstart a new lifestyle.

Matthew Chaput/Running in Half Marathon: "I was just gonna run one, that was kinda on my bucket list and now I'm pretty much addicted."

Over 1600 hundred runners laced up their sneakers and hit the streets for the first ever half marathon to be held in Grand Forks.

Sherrie Schaefer/Running Half Marathon: "I think it's awesome, I've been waiting for this since Fargo had their first one."

While some people were out here to better their times, others were here for a completely different reason.

Patsy and Travis Brown/Running Half Marathon: "I was actually shot in the head in 2009 in a drive by shooting. I was supposed to run a race the very next day and now I get a chance to finish numerous races but without my sight."

Since then Travis, along with his wife Patsy, has ran 18 half marathons and one full marathon with hopes of inspiring others.

Patsy and Travis Brown/Running Half Marathon: "We're here to show that despite a tragic even in your life that you just have to continue running the race and never give up. Look to the future and even if you're just taking baby steps, just keep on going."

With the large turnout, organizers say you can expect another half marathon next year.

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