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'Moms on the Run' group hits West Fargo

Rebecca Marshall owns and operates West Fargo’s Moms on the Run. Carrie Snyder

When Rebecca Marshall was 6-years-old she asked her mom if she knew how to run, she then took off in a sprint. That was her first memory of loving to run and she hasn’t stopped since.

Marshall is now sharing her love of running with women in the West Fargo area with the West Fargo Mom’s on the Run (MOTR) group.

The program was started in 2008 in Forest Lake, Minn., when a group of moms got together to exercise and decided they wanted to run in a 5k race. The group has expanded into 34 locations around the country with West Fargo being the first in North Dakota.

The 18-week program runs from April 23 through Aug. 23 for women of all ages, shapes, sizes and ability levels.

“It started out as a group of moms, but we do welcome everybody, you don’t have to have kids,” the West Fargo resident said. “My goal is to get ladies to get out of their comfort zone and try something new, improve their endurance and speed, and to get out there and meet new people.”

She encourages women to sign up for the program to benefit from the “non-intimidating environment with like-minded women.” The group provides accountability, improved body composition, the advantage of getting fit, weight loss, improved times, maximize metabolism, finding “me time,” goal setting and stress reduction, Marshall said.

Marshall has a Bachelor of Science degree in health and human performance with a minor in health education. The business appealed to her because “it welcomes ladies from all walk of life and ability levels .” She is a certified run instructor and has been running for more than 20 years.

Anita Finck, a 38-year-old mom thinks the group will be a good fit for the community.

“I thought it was a great program and perfect for the Fargo area with the (Fargo) Marathon starting a few years ago, this program will do very well,” Finck said. “I think it’s great for moms to network and meet new people who have the same interest and goals as yourself.”

Runners register for a one-time fee of $189 to meet once a week or $239 for twice a week. The fee gets runners the access to the program, a technical running T-shirt (first come, first served), coaching, monthly “Health-E Moms Newsletter”, nutrition and lifestyle challenges throughout the season, education on running and injury prevention, professionally designed training schedules, Fit-2-Run program, ladies’ night out events and more.

Marshall’s goal is to have the group run in the Go Fargo Woman race in August.

“MOTR allows me to share my passion of running with those that have been hesitant to get started or for the seasoned runner looking for a change of pace,” she said. “It provides a structured environment that holds ladies accountable while getting results and making new friends.”

For more information about the West Fargo Moms on the Run program or to register go to,, email Marshall at or call 701-210-2038.

Carrie Snyder
Carrie Snyder has been a staff photographer for The Forum since 2007. She grew up in Fargo and attended Minnesota State University Moorhead.  Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to .