Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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FARGO—Chris Klieman has visited several Power Five conference football schools during his tenure as the head football coach for North Dakota State University, and in almost every instance, one amenity stood out: indoor practice facilities. These facilities are starting to filter down to the Division I FCS level. And after the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education gave its unanimous authorization for NDSU to begin fundraising for the $37.2 million project on Wednesday at its meeting in Bismarck, the school is on track to getting one of its own.
FARGO — North Dakota State is in the market for an assistant football coach after wide receivers coach Atif Austin accepted an assistant position with the New England Patriots. One of the probable requirements for the job: The ability to recruit the state of Florida. New England head coach Bill Belichick called Austin on Friday to offer him the position of assistant running backs coach. Belichick also called Bison head coach Chris Klieman, who said Monday he couldn't be happier for Austin.
FARGO—There was a time in the Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday morning when Semehar Tesfaye was concerned about a her three-peat bid in the women's division. In the end, about the only worry turned out to be finding somebody to run with.
FARGO—All Geofrey Terer has done lately in the sport of running is win. The native Kenyan now based in Colorado Springs, Colo., won the 14th annual Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday, his second 26.2-mile victory in three weeks. He won the Lincoln Marathon on May 6, which followed victories in the 25K Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race in Colorado Springs in April and the Cowtown Ultra 50K in February in Fort Worth, Texas.
FARGO—The high point of entries for the Sanford Fargo Marathon came in 2012 when 25,700 signed up for the races that comprise the weekend event. It was about that time when races around the region became more frequent, meaning Fargo has some competition to deal with. The numbers reflected it. Entries hovered between 21,000 and 23,000 for the next four years and dropped to 18,073 last year. At some point, Fargo Marathon executive director Mark Knutson expects a few of the smaller races to fade away, meaning Fargo could be in line for another growth spurt.
FARGO—Cold and windy. But at least rain is out of the forecast for the Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday, May 19. It's a forecast that is going to require some planning for most of the pack running either the 13.1-mile half marathon or the 26.2-mile full marathon. Race time temperatures around 7 a.m. are expected to be in the mid-40s, said WDAY chief meteorologist John Wheeler.
FARGO—The Sanford Fargo Marathon begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Fargodome. But in reality, if you're looking for any sort of peak performance, it can start now. Putting the right and appropriate amount of fuel in your body is highly recommended beginning 36 to 48 hours before a race, if not longer. That's the advice of Kelsey Herrick, a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics at Sanford Power in Fargo.
FARGO—North Dakota State is taking the first step toward upping its game in the arms race of Division I football facilities. The budget and finance committee of the State Board of Education on Tuesday, May 15, approved a request to build a $37.2 million indoor practice facility. It would be located on the westernmost practice field south of Sanford Health Athletic Complex and would be more than just a field with a roof. A proposal NDSU submitted to the State Board includes a separate weight room, locker rooms, sports medicine space, meeting locations and recruiting area.
FARGO — There's something about the Sanford Fargo Marathon that brings out the best in Semehar Tesfaye. She's hoping her third time in the event on Saturday, May 19, will be another charm. The two-time defending champion and Fargo South graduate, currently living and training in Boston, is hoping health and training issues in the past year are permanently in the rear-view mirror. Since winning the Fargo race last year, she dealt with low iron levels in her body and a job that made training and racing tough.
FARGO—There are two certainties in the running career of Eric Loeffler these days. One, he's entered in the Sanford Half Marathon Saturday morning that starts at the Fargodome. Two, he's qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Marathon in Atlanta. What happens between now and Saturday and now and February of 2020 is sort of a "see how it's going" scenario. At 41 years old, age is not necessarily on his side at the marathon distance, but experience is his best friend.