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Runners Lace Up for Burli-Mot Half Marathon

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Gray skies and falling rain didn't stop runners from getting out for the annual Burli-Mot Half Marathon.

About 150 individual runners and 19 relay teams came out to test their speed and endurance against some of the mid-west's best runners. Racers from ten different states and north across the border gathered in Old Settlers Park in Burlington for the 13.1 mile run back to Oak Park in Minot. Race Director Connie Feist says it's great to see Minot's running culture continue to grow.

"As the community grows, you don't necessarily grow it with runners, but I think we're accomplishing that," says Feist. "It's nice that they have a central location with the running shop and local races every weekend to keep their enthusiasm up."

This year's half-marathon featured a special contender. Fernando Cabada is the former 25 kilometer American record holder runner for team USA, and was the 2008 American distance runner of the year. Cabada lead the Burli-Mot from start to finish and says he is happy to inspire other young or old, to get out and run.

"A lot of people when they take up running in their 30's or 40's, they start running marathons and half-marathons right off the bat and then they get injured," says Cabada. "Be careful with your ambitions. Just have fun with it. It's good healthy fun, and you meet a lot of good people in the running community."

Cabada took the 1st place medal with a time of one hour, seven minutes and 18 seconds. He will be competing in another marathon in Berlin Germany this September.

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