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Jeff Kolpack, Published May 17 2012

Hydration a priority for Fargo Marathon runners

FARGO – Prepare for the heat tonight and the possibility of rain and humidity on Saturday morning. In other words, hydration should be a priority for participants in this weekend’s Fargo Marathon events.

WDAY meteorologist John Wheeler says look for partly cloudy skies tonight and a 6:30 p.m. temperature of around 93 degrees. The forecast for Saturday is a little trickier, he said, because a cold front will be passing through the area at about that time.

As of Thursday night, it looked to be cloudy with scattered showers or thundershowers between 7 a.m.-11 a.m. with temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees.

“So it will be chilly if it’s raining but comfortable if it is not,” Wheeler said. “Relative humidity will be 90-100 percent, so that will be a factor but at temperatures mainly below 65, humidity effects should be about the same or a little less than last year.”

Residents asked to

help with 5K run

Fargo Marathon officials put out a plea on Thursday night asking citizens along the 5K route tonight to help keep participants cool.

People living along 14th Avenue North and 17th Avenue North are asked to turn on their boulevard sprinklers so participants can cool down if needed. Sprinklers should be contained to the boulevard as much as possible so that the water doesn’t run into the street and cause a slip-hazard for participants.

“The Fargo Marathon has always been a community event and we really appreciate the community’s help in making the 5K and all the races a fun, safe experience,” said race director Mark Knutson.

Numbers continue

to grow; another record

The event has already set a record for number of registered participants, topping last year’s mark of 23,057.

As of Thursday morning, the total was at 23,979 with the 5K and Youth Run still open. The hope of reaching 10,000 for the 5K, which would give 1,000 local kids a free pair of Nike running shoes, was at 8,500.

Other races and their participants: marathon (2,103), half marathon (6,600). 10K (3,720), relays (1,160) and Youth Run (1,896).

The record for the marathon was last year at 2,631. The half marathon record was also last year at 7,079.

Questions on traffic? Here is your guide

This is not the weekend to have your rummage sale. As usual, automobile drivers need to be prepared this weekend. Numerous roads will be closed and traffic numbers are expected to be higher than usual, according to the city of Fargo.

University Drive between 12th Avenue North and 19th Avenue North will be closed from 5-8 p.m. today for the 5K. It will close at 5 a.m. on Saturday until late in the afternoon.

The following areas are expected to be congested and drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes on Saturday:

E South University Drive between 30th Avenue South and 32nd Avenue South will be reduced to one lane in each direction Saturday from 8 a.m. to about 2 p.m.

E Construction on 10th Street North will detour traffic to 18th Street North via 12th Avenue North and 19th Avenue North.

E 10th Street South will be reduced to one lane for north-bound traffic between Second Avenue South and First Avenue North between 7 a.m. and about 3 p.m.

Also, drivers are recommended to use 25th Street as an alternate to University Drive on the south side. People traveling to the Fargodome are encouraged to use 12th Avenue North or 19th Avenue North via Interstate 29. If your destination is north of the Fargodome, it is suggested you use County Road 20 or 19th Avenue North from I-29.

Charter Club at 38 heading into 8th annual

The Fargo Marathon Charter Club is down to 38 members. The list of runners who have finished the first seven is mostly made up of runners from North Dakota and Minnesota.

Then there is Anna Pender of Kensington, Calif., and two Canadians: Maureen Penkiuk of Winnipeg and Michelle Strocen of Langruth, Manitoba.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia