Runners compete in Fargo, Lake Wobegon marathon events

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Thousands of runners converged on Fargo this weekend for the Scheel’s Fargo Marathon, the 11th year of the event which has grown dramatically in popularity.

More than 20,000 people were signed up to participate in five different running events over the weekend, with the titular full marathon attracting about 2,000 racers.

The winners of the full marathon, according to the Fargo Forum, were:

Men's: David Tuwei of Minneapolis, with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes, 15 seconds, more than eight minutes off the course record. Keith Lehman, a North Dakota State University student, finished second at 2:30.41.

Women's: Ellie Peterson of Windsor, Colo., with a time of 2:49.13. Margaret Ludick of Birchwood, Minn., was second at 2:57.05.

The route for this year's marathon began and ended at the Fargodome.

In between the start and finish, the runners got a good look at the campuses of Concordia College, Minnesota State Moorhead, and North Dakota State University, as the course went through all three schools.

The Fargo Forum has a photo gallery and several videos with highlights from the races.

Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon

A second, smaller but very scenic marathon went off Saturday as well in central Minnesota. There were 434 registered runners who took part in the Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon, which runs from Holdingford to St. Joseph along the 10-foot-wide asphalt bike trail.

According to the St. Cloud Times, three new records were set in the race, which is in its eighth year.

The following new records were set:

Men's: Chad Lutz, 29, Stow, Ohio, 2:33.59

Women's: Nancy Buselmeier, 31, Buffalo, 3:00.15

Women's masters (age 40 and older): Wanda Gau, 52, Little Falls, 3:04.57

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