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Remembering Mark Knutson

On July 9, 2023, The Fargo Marathon lost our beloved race director, Mark Knutson, in a tragic accident. Mark’s unexpected passing has left an immense void in our hearts and the community he cherished so deeply. We want to take this opportunity to honor Mark’s memory and express our commitment to continuing his remarkable legacy.

The Essence of the Race

Mark, simply put, was not just the Race Director of the Fargo Marathon, but its very essence. His warm and genuine nature endeared him to all who had the privilege of meeting him during his races, and his kindness, drive, and passion were evident to everyone he encountered. He poured his heart and soul into the things he loved—his family, friends, and his events.

Mark was a dear friend to so many within the running community and beyond, and we are profoundly aware of the immeasurable impact Mark had as a pillar of the Fargo community. Over the past 19 years, he dedicated himself to transforming the Fargo Marathon into a world-class event that attracted runners from around the globe. His relentless pursuit of excellence and his commitment to providing an unforgettable experience for all participants set the Fargo Marathon apart.

Honoring the Legacy of Mark

We want to assure you that, in his honor, we are steadfast in our commitment to producing the 20th anniversary of the race and ensuring it is a fitting tribute to the man who touched our hearts in so many ways. Together, we will ensure that the event continues to be a celebration of Fargo, a testament to Mark’s enduring legacy, and an event that would make him proud.

To honor his incredible legacy, the Fargo Marathon team has worked diligently alongside Mark’s family to find the best ways to enshrine his memory in the race he so adored. The Friday Night 5K, which was an event Mark was always enthusiastic about, has been officially renamed the Mark Knutson Friday Night 5K. Along with the race’s name, the 5K swag is planned to be 80’s rock-themed, which was Mark’s favorite.

A portion of the half and full marathon courses has been designated “Mark’s Mile”, where spectators will be directed as runners pass by to the sounds of 80’s rock music and their family and friends cheering them on! Each participant’s bib will also have a tear-off tab that can be used to donate $5 to Shoes for Kids, a charity Mark established aimed at supporting children across the Fargo community. Finally, we will soon be sharing a memorial video of the memories and photos our team has collected of Mark in his many years with Ventures Endurance.

Heartfelt Condolences

Finally, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Mark’s family and friends. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. In light of this enormous loss, the Knutson family kindly requests that donations be made to Shoes for Kids in Mark’s memory, ensuring the continuation of his remarkable legacy and dedication to a cause that meant so much to him.

Let us come together as a community, united by our shared memories and the impact that Mark Knutson has left on our lives.