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John Lamb, Published May 17 2012

Go With The Flow

FARGO – Saturday’s Fargo Marathon’s 10K, half- and full-marathon courses snake through miles of Fargo and Moorhead.

Which got The Forum’s own Mr. Wizard, photo chief Michael Vosburg, wondering just when the greatest numbers of people, or swells, would flood an area.

Noting that the average marathon time is 4 hours and the average mile is 9 minutes, Vosburg plugged the info into a spreadsheet to calculate the greatest crush of runners at each mile marker.

“There will be runners before and after, but this is the time of the swell peak,” he says. “This is like peak traffic times.”

Vosburg says his studies are useful on two fronts.

“If you want to see the runners, you know where the swell is going to be at any given time. Or what the best time for viewing is going to be at any location,” he says. “Conversely, if you want to avoid the whole mess, you’ll know definitely when your car will not cross this road.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533