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Forum staff reports, Published May 18 2012

Fargo Marathon officials ask residents to turn on sprinklers to help 5K participants fight heat

FARGO – Fargo Marathon officials are asking residents to turn on their boulevard sprinklers to help 5K runners and walkers battle the heat during today’s 6:30 p.m. race.

Residents who live along the 5K course on 14th Avenue North and 17th Avenue North are asked to turn their boulevard sprinklers on so participants can leave the course and cool down if needed.

Sprinklers should be contained to the boulevard as much as possible so that water doesn’t run into the streets 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 for the participants,” Race Director Mark Knutson said in a news release.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high temperature near 95 degrees today. Marathon officials are asking participants and spectators to take the heat into consideration for the 5K and Youth Fun Run.