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Published August 24, 2013, 06:13 PM

Go Far Woman run takes place in Fargo today

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The streets of Fargo were full of women running for a cause this morning. The Go Far Woman run was organized in honor of a Fargo doctor who died ten years ago.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The streets of Fargo were full of women running for a cause this morning. The Go Far Woman run was organized in honor of a Fargo doctor who died ten years ago.

Women and strollers lined up at West Acres Mall for a run low on testosterone.

Sue Knutson organized the Go Far Woman run in honor of her sister, Dr. Renee Schwandt.

Schwandt was an OBGYN at Essentia Hospital for several years before she died suddenly in 2003.

Sue Knutson- Run Organizer: "We're honoring her, she was a very giving person and we're trying to give back to the Essentia NICU unit in her name."

Some of the proceeds go to the hospital's neo-natal intensive care unit, which cares for newborns with health problems.

Knutson: "A lot of people that are participating either knew Renee or had children that were in the NICU unit. So, there are a lot of special reasons why people are participating."

Becca Dillon of Erhard ran with her mother and twin girls.

Despite never running a 5K before, she says when she found out about this one it was a no-brainer.

Dillon was on hospital bedrest at Essentia when her babies were born.

Becca Dillon- Erhard, MN: "We were fortunate enough to not have to spend one minute in the NICU, due to a lot of work and stubborness, maybe."

Knutson hopes Go Far Woman can become an annual event, and with 1700 participants the first year, the future looks bright.

Knutson: "It far exceeded my expectation for the first year."

The goal for this year's run was to raise 50,000 dollars for high-tech NICU equipment.

With WDAY as a Go Far Women Sponsor, you may have seen some familiar faces from WDAY at the race this morning.

Kerstin Kealy, Kay Cooley, Danielle Miller, Becca Lebak and Andrea Hubbell laced up their running shoes early this morning.

It was an exciting day for Hubbell as she finished her first 5K ever, as for Becca she finished in 5th place overall.

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