Fargo Marathon expected to create traffic congestions – Valley News Live

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) For those living in Fargo planning to wake up early Saturday to take care of errands, they may want to stay in bed for a bit longer.

On top of the other road closures caused by ongoing construction projects, the marathon is expected to create more traffic congestion.

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Yes, theres road construction already going on and the marathon definitely adds to the road impacts, but it is one day, Jason Baker, whos the citys traffic engineer, said.

Baker said he understands the mounting frustration over closures. As for Saturday, no one should be parking their vehicles along Broadway.

Broadway, downtown, up to 4th or 6th avenues north are going to be closed for the most part of the day, Baker said.

In Fargos Clara Barton neighborhood, where runners will be making their way through on 8th and 9th streets, most homeowners have already received the memo and parked on side streets.

Yet, the majority that we spoke to on Friday say they dont care about parking their vehicles elsewhere. They make an event out of the marathon.

My typical foods are caramel rolls, the buns, the ham, the fruit, the boiled eggs, and coffee of course, Lavonne Rustad said. Were going to need a lot of coffee tomorrow if the weather forecaster is right.

A few doors down from Rustads house is Lynn Speral and she said her husband is planning to make omelets in the morning.

I appreciate the stories. Everybody thats out there running, almost all of them, has a story and why theyre running and Im inspired by that. And its great to just come out and cheer them on, Speral said.

Both Speral and Rustad said they enjoy the build-up to the marathon and dont mind the traffic headaches for one day.

Baker, the citys traffic engineer, said 2nd St. in downtown Fargo should open by 10 a.m. Saturday and hes hoping every closed street gradually reopens as more runners cross the finish line, whichs at the Fargodome.

FARGO — Annika Rotvold was in sixth grade the last time she ran the 5K at the Sanford Fargo Marathon, coming down from Hillsboro, N.D., to partake in the annual event. Her time, she said, was somewhere around 30 minutes.

The North Dakota State cross country and track and field runner won the womens division crossing the finish line in the Fargodome at 16 minutes, 40 seconds.

Camron Roehl made it a Bison daily double winning the mens division for the second time. He won it in 2017. The race drew more than 6,000 participants and started in the Fargodome for the first time in the 15 years of the event.

For Rotvold, a senior who redshirted the collegiate outdoor season, the Fargo race was like her end-of-season conference meet. After running a few meets as an unattached runner in the 1,500 meters, she geared her training in the last few weeks to the 5K.

She came in third overall running with another male runner the entire 3.1 miles. One thing she wont miss about redshirting is the lack of competitive racing.

Rotvold started her college career at Augustana College before transferring to NDSU. She was productive in the Summit League Outdoor Championships last year placing fourth in the 3,000 meters, fifth in the 1,500 and fifth in the 5,000. She qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in the 1,500.

She still has another year of eligibility in both outdoor track and cross country. Roehl, on the other hand, finished his career this spring when the Bison won their 10th straight Summit outdoor title.

Competing for NDSU is on the greatest honors you can ever have as a collegiate athlete, said Roehl, from Grand Forks, But to come here and win an event that means so much to the city means a lot.

He was a lone wolf in the race taking off from the start and not looking back finishing in 14:40. His only companions were the motorcycles leading the way.

I was working pretty hard, having to fight the Fargo wind, he said. It was going to be a tough, tough run out there; it wasnt easy by any means.

Roehl crossed the finish line, and then had to wait for a while before second place Jesse Prince from Bemidji, Minn., came into the dome at 16:14.

Its never over until you cross the finish line, Roehl said. Ive seen races go south pretty quick for some people with huge leads. You can never relax until the job is done.

With college done, Roehl plans on working in ministry for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He still plans on running the shorter-distance races saying he still has some goals to attain. The longer races will come later, he said.


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