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Fargo Marathon 5K draws thousands celebrating heroes

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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.

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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