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Published July 25 2011

Wagner: Every runner has a story to share

Fargo - There’s something about our sport, the process of putting one foot in front of the other, that sparks inspiration.

For many among us, running has changed our lives, empowered our true inner strength and affected those around us.

Something as simple as the act of running can be transformational.

Sometimes we don’t even realize it. Or want to admit it.

But it’s true nonetheless.

It can heal, transform and shape our lives, opening a window to new friends, opportunities and perspectives.

And whether it’s your story of running, or some other aspect of our lives, there’s a way to share your story with others.

Next month, the company that produces Mutual of Omaha’s “Aha Moment” campaign is visiting Fargo, one of 25 cities selected to collect inspirational and life-changing moments.

Community members, runners and non-runners alike, are invited to share their moments of inspiration with the film crew, which will be parked at the US Bank Plaza in downtown Fargo. Just look for the 34-foot Airstream mobile film studio, which will be parked at the plaza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 16-17.

Those who share their stories will have their videos posted online, and if you’re socially inclined, you can share links to the video with family and friends via email, Facebook and Twitter.

To find out more, visit the website set up for the tour at www.mutualofomaha.com/aha.

Badwater Ben

Belated congratulations to Ben Clark of Fargo, who completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon earlier this month.

Ben finished the race in 41 hours, 14 minutes, 30 seconds to become the first North Dakotan to earn the coveted Badwater buckle given to finishers. His time placed him 57 out of 81 runners, while another 13 dropped out during the race.

To see pictures of Ben and his crew at the finish line, visit online at www.badwater.com/2011web/shows/2011showCK12/index.html.

Some good reads

Looking for a little inspiration to get through the dog days of summer?

Here are some good reads to keep you motivated:

E “Run!” by Dean Karnazes is the third of the ultra endurance athlete’s books.

E “To Be a Runner” by Martin Dugard looks at this runner’s rebirth.

E “Running on Empty” by Marhall Ulrich follows the author’s trek across America.

Forum News Director Steve Wagner writes a running blog, which can be found online at runningspud.areavoices.com. He can be reached via email at swagner@forumcomm.com.