A number of MSUM students will have their Fargo Marathon entry fee paid by others.  President Anne Blackhurst, a veteran marathon runner, is offering to pay the entry fees for up to 10 student teams of four runners each in the marathon relay and Professor Deb White, another Fargo Marathon veteran, is offering to sponsor three MSUM students for the full or half marathon.

To qualify for this offer, MSUM students should register by Feb. 28 and agree to wear Dragon gear during the race. The Fargo Marathon is Saturday, May 9, 2015.

“This year, in particular, the marathon is a celebration of the Fargo-Moorhead community, including our higher education institutions,” Blackhurst said. “For the first time, the course will include NDSU, Concordia College and MSUM campuses. Encouraging our students to participate is one way to engage our students in the Fargo-Moorhead community while promoting MSUM and the sense of achievement that accompanies accomplishing a really big goal.”

Plans are being made to cheer runners on as they travel through the MSUM portion of the course. Community members, MSUM faculty, staff, alumni and students are all encouraged to show their support for the runners during the course of the race.

“I would love to see our school have an even stronger presence than last year,” said White.

Students interested in Prof. White’s offer for the full or half marathon should contact her at whitede@mnstate.edu.  Students interested in running on a relay team should contact Kathleen McNabb in the President’s Office at 218-477-4321 or mcnabb@mnstate.edu.

President Blackhust will run with a marathon relay team in the Fargo Marathon because she is running in the Boston Marathon on April 20.