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Published October 02 2011

Wagner: Runners excel when all the right elements favorably fall into place

Fargo - There’s nothing better for a runner when training and preparation come together.

Even better when the elements out of your control, like the weather, cooperate. Those are the days when runners see personal records fall, and sometimes by quite a bit.

Such was the case at this past weekend’s Twin Cities Marathon, where a bunch of local runners ended months of training. Many of them had breakthrough performances.

One of those was Fargo’s Derek Johnson, who dropped his marathon best by seven minutes, finishing in 2 hours, 56 minutes, 43 seconds. He’s been tearing up shorter races locally, but saw everything come together perfectly Sunday for a stellar time.

Another friend, Cameron Frueh of Argusville, N.D., nailed his goal with a finishing time of 3:44.44. After running several long weekend runs together over the past few months, I couldn’t be happier for him – and the dozens of Fargo-Moorhead runners who joined more than 8,500 marathoners who completed the race. Congratulations.

Fargo native Andrew Carlson, who was planning to make his marathon debut Sunday, wasn’t among the finishers, according to a check of race results.

More options

While the Twin Cities Marathon capped the end of the racing season for some, there are upcoming races to keep an eye on. Some area runners will journey this week for the Chicago Marathon, while locally the FM Mini Marathon will fill the streets Saturday. The following week, on Oct. 15, hundreds more will turn out for a fall highlight: the Filthy 5K fun run in Moorhead’s M.B. Johnson Park.

For more information about local races, click on the “Toe the line” tab near the top of my Addicted to Running blog.

Another resource

For those runners in the Fergus Falls, Minn., area, check out runfergus.blogspot.com. A friend, Wade Swenson, alerted me about it last week, and it looks to be a good resource to connect runners with each other and find races, results and discover what’s going on in the local running community.

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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.