It is the 9th Fargo Marathon, and it keeps getting biggerFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Here we go again, year 9 of the marathon, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Imagine the planning that goes into hosting around 25,000 runners.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Here we go again, year 9 of the marathon, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Imagine the planning that goes into hosting around 25,000 runners.
Then throw in a projected record flood forcing you to switch the race route, just weeks before the gun goes off.
You could see these tents popping up all over the route today.
And this new path is bringing the marathon to a few new homeowners for the first time.
The 26.2 mile stretch sits quiet tonight, about to be flooded with 16-thousand runners tomorrow.
Many of the roads used this year will be the same, but not all of them.
Jim Christiansen is prepping for his first marathon, not running but it's now passing his house and he's having people over.
He got an unexpected call from race coordinator Mark Knutson, the route had changed, and his home was now on the map.
Jim Christiansen- Hosting Marathon Party: "Pretty amazing how much has to come together in such a short period of time, there are a lot of moving pieces here i'm sure it's a busy job."
For those of you who like to go out and cheer on the runners -- many of your favorite spots will still be there,
Parts of Broadway in downtown Fargo are evening getting passed twice.
Lee Hoedel- Race Committee Member: "To me it's synonymous with the human race we're always cheering away whether you're on the sidelines or running the race it's synonymous."
Race Committee Member Lee Hoedel says if you like the bands on the course,
there'll be more, one act every half mile.
Hoedel: "We've had jugglers we have had street performers we have had belly dancers short of tarot card readers we've had just about everybody out on the course."
It all means an earlier than normal wake up for Jim tomorrow.
Christianson: "Hopefully the band doesn't start to early. It's a good day to sleep in, but probably not tomorrow."
One of these tents is going in Jim's yard tomorrow. The race committee has really embraced this course change, saying there may never be a set route.