Fargo Marathon 5K draws thousands celebrating heroes
FARGO—In just over 3 miles; runners, walkers and strollers made some big statements tonight.
Thousands participated in the Fargo Marathon's Hero 5K.
Many took Friday's hero theme to heart.
Between the thousands of participants it was clear there are thousands of heroes out there.
In the last hour before Friday night's race, eager participants were picking up their gear,
and spontaneous procrastinators were still signing up for the 5K run and walk.
You could spot the "Hero" t-shirts all around the Fargodome.
Thousands of bright costumes, masks and a good excuse to get outside.
"None of us are really big runners, so we just wanted to come out and get some exercise today." competitor Alison Magelky tells us.
While the fun run and walk was just that for many, most had some sort of hero in mind.
"Jesus!" Caroline Magelky yelled out.
Matching shirts marked groups celebrating a cause and in some cases honoring a lost loved one.
"We're doing it in honor of my son Brett who passed away by suicide 6 years ago. So we thought we'd get together with some friends, get some shirts made and raise awareness and hopefully give someone hope." Lauri Walker tells us.
Sometimes that message of hope was best heard from friends and family in it together.
"We're here to honor my son Jake who passed away 9 months ago. and we just thought this would be a really nice way to honor him. There are 35 of us!" Debra Laber tells us.
The group in bright red are the friends and family of Fargo Redhawks pitcher Jake Laber, wearing his name and number for all 5 kilometers.
"Just letting everybody in the community know how much we love him and miss him." Debra Laber says.
Some wore uniforms, others wore capes; sprinted to the finish or enjoyed the ride
Thousands of participants and fans cheering their hero to the finish.
Saturday's events start bright and early.
The Fargodome opens at 5:30 AM and the first wave of racers takes off at 7 AM.