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Published August 15 2011

Wagner: Share an inspirational running story with The Forum

Fargo

Within the Fargo-Moorhead running community, one doesn’t have to look very far to find inspiration, offering no shortage of runners with lofty goals and the determination to accomplish them.

From shedding pounds, running a first race, notching super fast marathon times, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials or completing ultra marathons to name a few, there’s a diverse mix of runners in this place we call home.

It serves as a humbling reminder about how much our community has embraced a sport.

Something so basic and simple has served as the common bond among friends.

On a recent Saturday, after finishing 14 miles with a group who gathered at Fargo’s downtown YMCA, I overheard a conversation between two men, one who wore a race shirt from an ultra marathon. The men, a mutual respect between them, shared their upcoming race plans.

I imagine that same conversation was taking place all over the metro area in parking lots, driveways and streets.

While I wasn’t about to barge into their conversation, I couldn’t help but think how so many of the people I’ve met in the past few years are simply inspirational: people who are taking up the sport to lose weight, meet new people, satisfy a competitive drive within, to test themselves or deal with obstacles in their lives.

The most inspiring stories to me are those of runners who are out pounding the pavement, balancing life and work and raising a family, and pushing themselves through personal barriers.

Do you know someone who has a great story to tell? If so, I’d like to know about them for this column.

Just send me an email, with the subject “inspirational runner,” along with their name and what makes them inspirational, to the email address below.

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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.