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May 21, 2013

Pair of Gusties shine at Fargo Marathon

Brenden Huber got in on the prize money a year ago in the Fargo Marathon’s 10-kilometer race, and it felt pretty good. The Gustavus Adolphus College assistant track and cross-country coach was hoping to do the same on Saturday in the ninth-annual race in North Dakota.

“I knew I was in better shape this year,” he said, “because I’ve been really serious about training for (this June’s Grandma’s) marathon.”

When this year’s check arrives at his home in St. Peter, it ought to be a bit bigger than last year’s. This time, Huber won.

“The two guys who beat me last year decided not to come,” he said.

Huber won with a time of 33 minutes, 41 seconds, besting the next finisher by 20 seconds. More than 3,400 people participated in the 10K, which, like the marathon, ends inside the Fargodome.

“It’s fantastic,” he said. “You get in the tunnel and come out to a crowd. There are stands on both sides, and the crowd is fantastic. It’s full of energy. It gives you a little burst for the end.”

A native of Huron, S.D., Huber ran track and cross country at the University of South Dakota, graduating in 2005. He has been coaching at Gustavus for seven years, and, with the exception of about one year, he has continued to race the whole time. He’s completed four marathons, as well as some half-marathons, including the 2011 Mankato Marathon’s half. He also runs on a racing circuit with a Twin Cities-based running club — on Memorial Day, he’ll run a 5K with that group — and even participates in the steeplechase during some open track-and-field meets that the Gusties participate in.

“I’ll jump in for kicks and giggles,” he said of the college meets.

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