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Glenn Pursley, Published October 19 2013

Marathon in motion: 1,500 runners take part in Fargo race

FARGO - Mark Landman, the men’s winner of Saturday’s Fargo Mini Marathon, used the race as a final tune-up before the California International Marathon, which is set for December. Landman, 27, of Fargo, was the first half-marathon runner to cross the finish line. He finished the 13.1-mile race, which started and ended at Scheels Arena, in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 57 seconds.

He was one of 1,500 runners – men and women – who took part in the event, which offered a 5K, 10K and half-marathon.

“I felt pretty strong the whole way,” said Landman, who works as a software engineer for John Deere. “I was running faster than I expected, too. It’s nice to come out ahead, but what’s important to me is getting the time. I wanted a 1:15 and got a 1:13.”

Landman has raced in the Fargo Mini Marathon before, but this year, he completed the race 13 minutes faster.

“I haven’t done the Fargo Mini for a while, so I wasn’t sure how fast I was going to be or who was going to be here,” Landman said. “I raced three years ago and I got a 1:25:57.”

Landman started running cross country in middle school and has completed a number of full marathons.

“I’ve been running distance races for a while now, I started in middle school because I wanted to follow my brother,” Landman said. “I’ve done the Twin Cities Marathon, Grandmas Marathon and I just did the Bismarck Marathon this year.”

Tenielle Klubben finished 15 minutes after Landman in 1:27:52 and was the first woman to finish the half-marathon.

“I was not expecting it, but it feels good,” Klubben, 23, said.

“I did put a lot of work into training so it’s nice when that pays off.”

Klubben ran track and cross country for Griggs County Central High School, which is located in Cooperstown, N.D., but took a hiatus from running during college to focus on getting a business management degree with an emphasis in human resources.

“I’ve always been a runner, and just recently got back into doing races,” said Klubben, a North Dakota State University graduate. “I did the half-marathon last spring and this is the (first) race I’ve done since then.”

It’s been years since Klubben has raced in a full marathon, but her success on Saturday has her thinking.

“I have been contemplating running a full soon, so maybe this was the motivation I needed to do the longer distance,” she said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Glenn Pursley at (701) 241-5549