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Published May 18, 2013, 06:26 PM

There are thousands of sore legs in the Valley tonight

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- There are thousands of sore legs in the Valley this afternoon. But, hopefully everyone who took part in the Fargo Marathon events the last three days had a great time.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- There are thousands of sore legs in the Valley this afternoon. But, hopefully everyone who took part in the Fargo Marathon events the last three days had a great time.

This year's marathon was one of the closest ever; as 2010 champion Chris Erichsen took over the lead from James Kirwa with 3 miles to go and becomes the 2nd two time champion of the Fargo Marathon.

Chris Erichsen- 2nd Marathon Title: "It was great people were asking what my goals were coming in and my training schedule has been rough wanted to run a good race and be happy wasn't necessarily trying to defend my title worked out that way."

This year's edition of the Marathon started like a carbon copy of last year

with one guy pulling away to start; Kenya's James Kirwa; and thru the first half of the race looked like he was going to go wire to wire; and nearing the halfway point on the south side of town Kirwa had opened up a nearly minute lead on Erichsen; who had not raced competively in 7 months; and he says a slow start nearly cost him.

That first two miles they had 20 seconds on me wasn't ready to pick

up that fast was a little rusty at the beginning got my legs underneath

me a little bit and picked it up and felt good.

As he was feeling better; Kirwa began to struggle and as they came down the stretch the two men were neck and neck and right at mile marker 25 that's when Erichsen took over the lead.

James Kirwa- Finished 2nd: "The last 5 miles I was down, I was tired after 13 miles he was closing the gap try to push up and towards the finish I started cramping 22 miles, 23 miles. Didn't really make a huge move till the last 5 miles till I realized I was picking up time on the leader at that point i was pushing pretty hard i was thinking running a 5 K next weekend that may be out at this point had to push a little harder than i thought i was going to."

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