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Eric Peterson, Published May 18 2013

VIDEO: Moorhead's Dyer sets women's record in Fargo 10K; Huber wins men's race

FARGO – For Lisa Dyer, running 10 kilometers seemed more difficult than running 26.2 miles.

The Moorhead runner cruised to victory Saturday morning in the Fargo 10K, setting a record for the women’s division. Dyer crossed the finish line in 37 minutes, 57 seconds at the Fargodome.

“It’s almost harder than a marathon for me,” Dyer said. “I don’t have that speed.”

Dyer was the women’s champion in the full marathon last year in Fargo, but due to a foot injury decided to run a shorter race this year.

“So fitness-wise I’m not in the kind of shape I was last year,” said Dyer, who was sidelined from early September until early December due to her injury. “I was going to do the half and then two weeks ago I decided it would be smarter to do the 10K.”

The previous women’s record in the 10K was 38:59, which was set by Molly Clark of Fargo in 2011.

“I was kind of scared,” said the 30-year-old Dyer. “The 10K is not my forte. I have no speed right now.”

Brenden Huber of St. Peter, Minn., cruised to victory in the men’s race. He completed the course in a time of 33:41. Adam Kne of Moorhead was second with a time of 34:01. Wayne Engelhard of Valley City, N.D., was third with a time of 34:10.

Huber, who is an assistant track and cross country coach at Gustavus, finished third in the Fargo 10K last year. He was the first person to cross the finish line Saturday morning in the Fargodome, receiving a loud cheer as he broke the tape.

“It’s my favorite finish of all the road races I do because you come into that tunnel and the crowd just lights up,” said Huber, who ran at the University of South Dakota. “You get your third and fourth wind. It’s just electric in here when you hit the ramp. It’s a lot of fun.”

There was a light rain falling as the start of the 10K, but Huber said the precipitation wasn’t an issue.

“The rain wasn’t a problem,” Huber said. “It was perfect out there. The rain cooled it down. The rain stopped probably about a mile in. The rest of it was just smooth sailing.”

It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Dyer recently in her running career.

Dyer said she started training again in mid-December, recovering from her foot injury. She ran a 8K in March leading up to the Fargo 10K.

“It was kind of like starting over again,” Dyer said. “My legs kind of forgot how to run. … I’m just trying to get my mileage back up to where it was, get my fitness back up to where it was. It’s taking long than I wanted it to, but you can’t make your body do what it’s not ready to do.”

While Dyer would have preferred running a longer race Saturday, she was satisfied with how she performed in the 10K.

“I really just wanted to come out and have fun and just be part of the race weekend,” Dyer said. “I would have felt weird not doing something.”