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Join in the fun, be a part of the run

West Fest Saturday will receive a jump start with 10K, 5K and a 2 Mile Run/Walk coordinated by Fargo Marathon founder and organizer Mark Knutson. The event will warm up the parade route from 8 to 10 a.m. along Sheyenne Street which will once again serve as a core hub of West Fest activity.

Knutson emphasizes that the event will serve up something for avid runners and walkers alike. "I encourage everybody to be a part of it, even if you are not a runner. The 5K or 2 mile is perfect for walkers and it will be fun to be out there."

Lineup for the 10K is 7:30 a.m. followed by announcements and the National Anthem at 7:45 a.m. and the 10K race start at 8 .m. The 5K and 2 mile run/walk race will begin at 8:15 a.m.

The starting point for all the legs of the races is by Sandy's Donuts.

The 2 mile run/walk will go down Sheyenne Street to 13th Avenue, and then back again the same path to Sandy's.

The 5K will travel Sheyenne and crossover 13th Avenue hitting the bike path traveling east and west before turning right on First Street to 17th Avenue and concluding by Sandy's.

The 10K will also start on Sheyenne and go to Thirteenth and then meander through Charleswood and over to Beaton Drive before heading back to Sheyenne Street and the finish line at Sandy's.

Advance registration is preferred for the event by visiting the West Fest Run website

Registration fees for the two and five mile run are $30, and $40 for the 10K. Everyone who is pre-registered will receive an official West Fest Run t-shirt.

Those unable to register in advance can just show up the morning of the race and sign in at a designated spot by Westgo Square.

Volunteers are still needed for the run. If you're interested, contact Go Far Events at (701) 238-1900.