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STEVE WAGNER: New town provides plenty of running opportunities

It's been about two months since I moved into my Grand Forks neighborhood and there are several reasons why I love my new hometown. Near the top of the list are the area amenities which make it easy to be active outside: dozens of miles of bike p...

Steve Wagner

It's been about two months since I moved into my Grand Forks neighborhood and there are several reasons why I love my new hometown.

Near the top of the list are the area amenities which make it easy to be active outside: dozens of miles of bike paths, the Grand Forks Greenway and tree-lined streets to enjoy nearly every form of exercise.

At almost any given time of the day, whether I'm in the yard, driving to work or exercising myself, there are people out being active: running, biking, walking a dog or inline skating.

Frankly, I'm grateful to live in the Greater Grand Forks community, a special place to live and enjoy an active lifestyle. While I've lived in other communities offering a variety of recreation options, none have offered such easy access for me.

So my running adventures continue.

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This column, planned as a regular feature in the Herald starting today, will attempt to chronicle a piece of the running culture here. It also will touch on trends, issues and topics in the sport through the eyes of this runner.

And I'll share pieces of my experiences as I rebuild myself as a runner and everyday athlete.

In addition, I'll look to keep you updated on the region's running news through my blog, Addicted to Running.

The blog has followed my journey, both the ups and downs, as a runner. It dates back to 2008, when I ran my first marathon, and through each of the next 14 races of 26.2 miles.

It also includes some training information, other runners' successes and links to races throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.

A handful of area runners have reached out to welcome me to the community, and I hope to meet them and many more, in the near future. Until then, if you have a column idea, feel free to contact me.

Call Wagner at (701) 780-1104; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1104; or send email to swagner@gfherald.com . Follow him on Twitter at @gfherald_editor or his blog, Addicted to Running, at runningspud.areavoices.com.

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