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Fargo Marathon Gets First Priority when it Comes to Pothole Repairs

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If you're waiting for a pothole to get fixed on your street, the Fargo Marathon likely has you stuck with a bumpy ride. Potholes are a major problem for everyone in the spring and Fargo Public Works crews are working to fill pothole complaints from people all across town, but say their main focus right now is runners.

Potholes are normally filled on traffic priority basis, which means main roads that get the most traffic are filled before residential streets. Although much of the Fargo Marathon route is on residential streets, those holes are getting filled before others in town.

The 26.2 mile marathon route goes all around Fargo-Moorhead area streets, most of which have potholes, and can cause issues for runners.

"When you're surrounded by 300 people and in a pack, you're more concerned about not running into people," said Fargo Marathon Director Mark Knutson. "When there is a hole in the ground you step in it twist you ankle...it's the end of a race for you."

Though registration is lagging behind last year's, Knutson estimates about 20,000 thousand people have signed up for marathon events and marathon organizers contact the cities of Fargo and Moorhead about the holes. Fargo Public Works says they give the marathon routes higher priority because they want the street to be safe, adding that most of the roads need to be filled anyway.

"Most of the roads they are running on are well traveled roadways anyway so they need to be done weather is the marathon or just riding bikes," explains Lee Anderson with the City of Fargo.

Even though 20,000 people will use the marathon route, some argue the other 100,000 people, who use Fargo's city streets every day, should come first.

"Take care of the main streets first and come back and get the other streets later."

Although the marathon potholes, paired with city crews focusing on clean up week, may slightly delay other fixes around the city, public works says they want streets looking their best for out of town visitors.

"We want to make it a safe travel run and we're proud of where we live and want to put best face forward," Anderson says.

Another thing to remember is that the marathon changed the location of the start and finish lines for this year. Instead of the Fargodome, runners will be packing the downtown streets, so be sure check the routes before heading out on May 10.
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