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Extra People In Town, Extra Hurdles During Marathon

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With thousands of extra people in the area for the Fargo Marathon there are a few struggles that come along with all the fun and games.

Today's the day people have been training for, but every year during the Fargo marathon traffic seems to be on everyone's mind.

"Walk today, don't drive."

Some say traffic was not an issue, "no hold ups no delays," says a driver passing the marathon, "It was pretty easy, the traffic was flowing nice." Maybe the new location played a factor.

But, even without traffic jams, all the commotion can be tricky, "It's a very good sign when you can get the ambulance in so the runners can get the help that they need right away, cause you don't know what kind of medical stress they are in," says Annette Graves, who volunteers for the Moorhead Police Department.

"Yesterday I tried to drive into Fargo and it was bad then, I think most people were downtown picking up race packets and what not," says Ananda Shastri, who decided to bike instead of drive today due to traffic, "I just decided I would play it safe."

One of our viewers says it took him 25 minutes longer to get to work, he says his employee parking lot was blocked.

And, with thousands of thirsty runners, comes thousands of these cups hitting the ground. "So far I would say he we have given out 25 gallons of Powerade,” says one volunteer passing out Powerade.

"Right now I would say there's probably 6,000 or 7,000 cups on the ground," he says.

"They are good with the rakes getting out there and trying to get rid of them, I watch the runners as they run past, hoping one of them does not trip over the cups though cause there is a lot of cups and a lot of runners," says Graves.

And with thousands of spectators, garbage cans are filling up. "Yep we got to clean them all up," says a volunteer.

Volunteers, and cleanup crews have their hands full with all this mess, and the City Of Fargo says tomorrow they will be sweeping.
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