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Published April 10, 2014, 06:28 PM

Campaign to get 10,000 runners for the Fargo Marathon 5K starts today

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We are within one month until the 10th Fargo Marathon begins. Are you ready?

By: Brian Abel, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We are within one month until the 10th Fargo Marathon begins.

Are you ready?

15,000 people have signed up for the various races so far, and with this great weather we're having, plenty of those runners are finally outside, stepping up their training.

Kelsey Jensen/Running Half-Marathon: "I've been inside on a treadmill so although that gets kind of monotonous now I'm outside.”

Kelsey Jensen, whose running her first half-marathon, is just one of thousands of runners hitting their training peak for the Fargo Marathon.

It's the most grueling part, where they'll run farther in the next few weeks than they have at any other point.

Jensen: "I've been running about 3-5 miles during the week and then for long runs I’ve been picking it up from about 3 miles till now. This weekend I actually have to run 8 miles."

Jensen's not alone in picking up the pace.

The marathon's organizers are doubling down on race-weekend preparations,

Mark Knutson/Exec. Director, Fargo Marathon: "We're probably 60 percent there.”

From aid station and security logistics, to organizing volunteers; today, the launch of the 30 days to 10,00o campaign, an effort to get 10,000 runners signed up for the 5k.

One of the big reasons behind the push it's for a good cause.

The marathon donates a dollar for every person registered for the race which is matched by corporate sponsors.

That money goes to putting shoes on elementary kids feet in our community; the goal: $46,000

Knuston: "It’s at least 2,000 pairs of shoes. And that's probably if you were to just kind of average it, we'd be able to give about 150 pairs of shoes to each school in the community.”

Knutson himself is running the marathon to raise cash. He's looking for corporate sponsors to donate $1,000 for every mile.

You can see live coverage of the race on our WDAY channel 6-3, streaming live on and on the radio at WDAY 970.