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Fargo Marathon Runner Share Tips

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The Fargo Marathon is less than three months out, but it's not too late to register or to start training.

One local training is helping to make everyone's goal a reality.

Whoever said running isn't a team sport, probably didn't go very far.

Twenty-two trainers.

One-hundred-twenty runners.

Twelve Saturdays.

All ages and experience levels cheering on every step.

"It started out with a handful of other people and it's just grown to a lot of people," Leslie Brunette, marathon trainer, said.

Brunette has been training for Faster Stronger Runner training group since it began. She helps teach others to reach their goals at the Fargo Marathon.

"I love brand new runners, because they always have a story of why they're running," Brunette said.

Runners like Scott Carlson, who laced up for the first time in 25 years to learn the lesson this group practices.

"You've got to start slow," he said.

They increase their runs by 10% each week.

"When I started to run I couldn't run more than a half mile at a shot and just started working up to two or three miles and before you know it, a ten mile run doesn't seem daunting at all," Carlson said.

Last year when he ran his first full marathon, he qualified for the Boston Marathon. He says he wouldn't have been able to accomplish it without training with FSR.

It's all because of a little support, accountability and about 200 more feet running towards the same goal.

FSR meets every Saturday morning for company on the longer runs.

If you're hoping to step up training, but can't join the group, try putting the idea into practice.

Runners say they're more likely to stick with it if exercising can become a social activity.

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