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Published April 17, 2014, 09:20 PM

Teens a part of Youthworks running in Fargo Marathon

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A group of F-M area at risk teens is going the extra mile to prove you don't need to have the brightest background, to have a successful future. The teens are part of Youthworks Striding for Success program all training for events during the Fargo marathon weekend.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A group of F-M area at risk teens is going the extra mile to prove you don't need to have the brightest background, to have a successful future.

The teens are part of Youthworks Striding for Success program all training for events during the Fargo marathon weekend.

"It's been awesome."

As 20,000 people hit our city streets marathon weekend, six will be representing Youthworks.

Kula Dorley/Youthworks Runner: "This is going to be my first one."

Just like other runners, Kula Dorley loves the pound of the pavement, the feel of Fargo's breeze on her cheeks, and a sense of accomplishment that comes with training.

Dorley: "There's just something about running that just calms me down basically."

But the difference, she doesn't have a home to run to when she's finished.

Dorley: "I was kind of homeless. So I talked to my counselor. They referred me to Youthworks. So far they have been a second family of mine."

Kula is part of Youthworks Striding for Success team.

Where at risk or homeless teens from our community are coming together to walk or run different events.

Kristie Eschen/Striding for Success Coordinator: "For individuals to get to come all together for the same purpose, have goals that they're reaching towards, and get to do it together, succeed together, meet their goals together, it's awesome."

They meet to train twice a week, finding positive ways to overcome life's toughest obstacles.

Eschen: "Homelessness, unemployment, parent-child conflict, all of those combined are really stressful situations."

Dorley: "I love it because running; I think it just helps me out a lot."

So while these ladies say they can't wait for the feeling of crossing the finish line.

Dorley: "Oh I think it will be amazing."

The life training this experience provides will be even better.

Youthworks is looking for donations to cover costs of the race and running gear.

To help, you can contact the non-profit or visit Youthworks North Dakota's website.

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