VIDEO: Monson captures Fargo Half-Marathon men's race, while Lee sets women's race recordFARGO – Devin Monson had his mom in mind when he decided to run the Fargo Half-Marathon.
By: Eric Peterson, INFORUM
FARGO – Devin Monson had his mom in mind when he decided to run the Fargo Half-Marathon.
“I figured this was a great way to give my mom a Mother’s Day gift, being here,” said Monson, who is from Thompson, N.D., and now lives in Austin, Texas.
Monson also won the men’s race that finished near the shadow of the Fargo Theatre marquee, covering the 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 6 minutes Saturday.
Monson liked what he saw in a homecoming of sorts.
“It’s awesome to have the running scene so big now,” said the 24-year-old Monson, a former Hamline University runner. “It is nice to see the community embrace running.”
Monson’s parents still live in Thompson – his mother, Ellen Stansbury, and, father, Dan Monson.
“I got to see my parents the last little turn,” said Monson, referring to near the end of the race.
Monson, who runs for Rogue Athletic Club in Austin, was competing in the Fargo Marathon for the first time.
“I wanted to run under 1:07,” Monson said. “I am really happy with it. … It was an awesome course.”
Another Fargo first-timer won the women’s half-marathon.
Emma Lee of St. Paul took first place in a time of 1:17:36 to set a new course record. Jenna Boren held the old mark with a time of 1:17:56 in 2010.
“I’ve never even been to Fargo before, so this is a first for me, but I’m sure I’ll be back in the future,” said Lee, a former St. Olaf College runner. “It was fun to finish downtown.”
Lee said her time Saturday was a personal best by around a minute, even though she briefly slowed down at a timing strip short of the finish line.
“When I turned the corner, people were yelling at me to keep going so that was a little bit of a mistake,” Lee said with a smile.
Lee was impressed with the support she received on the course.
“Even though they didn’t know my name, they were saying, ‘You go girl’ and ‘Girls rock.’ ” said Lee, who runs for Run N Fun race team. “It was very empowering to finish with so many great people around. … The spectators were amazing.”
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