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Runners rejoice in North Dakota!

Spring weather is drawing North Dakotans out of doors and on to sidewalks, streets and trails across the state. Running is one of the most popular past-times in the United States: In 2017, nearly 60 million Americans participated in some type of running activity (www.statista.com/topics/1743/running-and-jogging/) , and more than 18.3 million registered for a road race. (runningusa.org/RUSA/News/2018/U.S._Road_Race_Participation_Numbers_Hold_Steady_for_2017.aspx). North Dakota is no exception to the trend, with the prairie state hosting over 50 road races each year (runningintheusa.com/race/list/nd/upcoming/page-1). So, get involved and get fit while gearing up for the 2019 road race season (runningintheusa.com/race/list/nd/upcoming).
EAST
The Fargo Marathon (fargomarathon.com/) turns 15 this year and the race is celebrating its birthday with another race called the Fargo 15. The event is slated as a training run for those participating in either the Sanford Fargo Half or Full Marathon in May. In June, Grand Forks will welcome runners to its Shakespeare’s Rude Run (www.northdakotashakespeare.com/ruderun) where competitors will be both entertained and insulted by Shakespearean actors from the North Dakota Shakespeare Company along their route. All proceeds from the race help to provide free, professional Shakespearean theater to the Grand Forks area. The Pipestem Creek Trail Run (jamestownparksandrec.com/programs/events/pipestem-creek-trail-run/) near Jamestown will take place in August and include a three- and eight-mile race with age group.
CENTRAL
Run the trails around Lake Metigoshe at the 2019 Metigoshe Turtle Trot (metigosheturtletrot.weebly.com/) that offers a fun, scenic route. 5K and 10K near Bottineau is June 22nd. Show your patriotism and small-town support while getting fit at Mandan’s Fourth of July Road Race on Main (www.mandanroadraces.com/). The Bismarck Marathon (thebismarckmarathon.com/) doesn’t take place until September 21st, so competitors spend the preceding months training in North Dakota’s shorter race events.
WEST
Initially intended as a 1969 spring break diversion, the ‘Zip to Zap, ND’ made national headlines as nearly 3,000 riotous college students descended on this small North Dakota town. Fifty years on, Zap pays homage to this quirky legend with the Zap, ND or Bust 5K (www.facebook.com/zapn.d.orbust5k/). Head to the Maah Daah Hey Trail in North Dakota’s Badlands this July to experience some of the planet’s most premier trail running through some of its most craggy terrain. The Maah Daah Hey Trail Run (www.experienceland.org/maah-daah-hey-trail-run/) event offers seven (yes, seven) different course lengths, so there is a race for runners of all types. Trace the path of Lewis and Clark as you run one of several routes of the 28th Annual Fort Union Trading Post Rendezvous Run (www.willistonparks.com/rendezvous-run), located at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers.
These are just a few running events in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.