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Published April 02, 2013, 08:58 PM

Fargo Marathon officials keeping an eye on potential flood

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo City officials and homeowners in the area aren't the only ones worried about the potential flood. With one of the biggest events in the area only a month and a half away, Fargo Marathon officials are now added to the list of those concerned.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo City officials and homeowners in the area aren't the only ones worried about the potential flood. With one of the biggest events in the area only a month and a half away, Fargo Marathon officials are now added to the list of those concerned.

Third street in Moorhead underneath the bridge could face the biggest impacts in a potential flood. If it needs to be taken out of the route, it could cost hundreds - make that $600 to $1,500 to be exact.

To change the route an expert has to come to the area to re-certify the route. This person will have to make sure the route is still a Boston qualifier, and it meets all standards and requirements. It will take at least 3 full days of work to bike and re-ride the course several times.

Race Director Mark Knutson says in all of his years running the event, he's never seen this much snow on the ground this late in the game.

Mark Knutson - Race Director: "We will be ready. I'd say sometime late April/early May, you know we're going to have to make that decision to, ‘Hey we need to certify another course because it looks like it isn't going to go down fast enough,’ and of course you get things like rain. Rain can obviously keep that thing up or down."

Another major impact area is on 2nd street near City Hall where a dike might have to be built. Other than those two areas the rest of the route will stay the same.

Almost 2,000 people are signed up for the full marathon and about 5,000 for the half.

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