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Published May 09 2009


UPDATED: 11:44 a.m.

The crowd in the Fargodome was on its feet shortly after 10:30 this morning, cheering on the 2009 Fargo Marathon champion, 34-year-old Pete Gilman.

Gilman, of Rochester, Minn., clocked a time of 2:25:54 to win the marathon. The Kenyan runners were shortly behind him.

Nicole Cueno, of Minneapolis, was the winner for the women with a time of 2:54:28.

Marathon finishers continue to funnel in at the Fargodome.

Chris Erichsen, Minneapolis, won the half-marathon division, crossing the line in an unofficial time of 1:06:50. It was just his second race at that distance.

For the women in the half-marathon race, Lindsey Hinkels of Mankato was the winner.

Spectators have been packing the streets around town all morning trying to get a good view of the marathon, which kicked off at 8:07 this morning.

Skies continue to be overcast this morning. There was a promise of sunshine early this morning, but by race time the clouds and a north wind moved in, making a chilly start to the race.

Larry Ressler of Bismarck came prepared. Ressler, 53, was running in a red Santa Claus suit. He thought it would be fitting for today's weather.

"Fargo needed a real laugh today," Ressler said, standing in the back of the large runner's pack.

The Fargo Marathon is his 13th marathon. When he ran in Las Vegas, he dressed as Elvis.

Moving around the marathon route this morning can be difficult. Traffic has been slightly snarled on 19th Avenue north, but is being mitigated by police and volunteers.

Near Fargo's Nativity church in south Fargo, the streets and parking lots also are filling up as people attempt to get down to the south loop of the race.

Keep checking back with www.inforum.com for race updates, results and photos throughout the day.