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Beat the cold and rain this marathon Saturday

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FARGO -- Along with the grueling miles, runners in this weekend's Fargo Marathon will also contend with the weather.

We're expecting it to be cold and wet.

An advantage we have for the Fargo Marathon is the dome.

Saturday's races all start and end inside, but you'll want to prepare for those miles in-between.

The Fargodome is buzzing with runners preparing for the big race, picking up bibs and bags and picking out some last minute gear.

Vendors suggest battling the balmy 40 degree temps with the right clothing combination.

"Layers underneath, so you're keeping your body warm. Short sleeved with a long sleeve is a good choice," said Trish Bye, Scheels.

The likely rainfall could pose some different problems.

"You could have some chafing. So you sweat, the friction of the water, not enough wicking properties you could have some little light burns on your skin," said Bye.

A little inclement weather is no sweat to the runners who've been training in even worse conditions.

"The wind, the rain, sunny, hot a little bit of everything North Dakota offers. All in one week I had all that," said Dustin Halle, Fargo 5K and Half Runner.

This shouldn't be the harshest Fargo Marathon.

During the inaugural race in 2005, runners faced snow, rain, wind and temps flirting with freezing.

In 2013 what started as cool and wet ended as hot and humid.

Seasoned runners say to dress for how you'll feel a few miles into the race where it could seem 20 degrees warmer than air temperature, but they remind racers it's all part of the experience.

"Unless you want to run a marathon or a race in a controlled environment, like indoors, that's what you're going to have to expect," said Gerard Pearlberg, Running Coach.

Friday, runners race in the Hero 5K at the Fargodome.

You can still register for that until 5:00 Friday evening.

Catherine Ross

Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!

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