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Published May 11, 2014, 07:58 PM

Nearly 4,000 out-of-state and 900 out-of-country Marathoners head home

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With the 10th Fargo Marathon in the books, those from out of town - are getting out of dodge.

By: Brian Abel, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With the 10th Fargo Marathon in the books, those from out of town are getting out of dodge.

Sue Knutson/ Fargo Marathon Organizer: "We had 9 different countries represented"

Over 23,000 registered for the Fargo Marathon this weekend, with nearly 900 coming from outside the U.S.

Knutson: "Some from like Ethiopia and Japan, and oh gosh. Canada of course. We had a huge presence there, and Mexico."

There were plenty Americans from outside of Minnesota and North Dakota making their way back home today too.

Jonathan Bolha/ From Ohio: "I came from Ohio, this is my first time in Fargo."

Matilda Ewalt/ Half- Marathon Runner: "Aberdeen, South Dakota."

Beatriz Calderon/ Traveled from Miami: "I come from Miami."

They're just some of the nearly 4,000 out-of-state runners representing 46 more of the 50 states.

Knutson: "We didn't have Maine and we didn't have Vermont"

Who all couldn't say enough good things about Fargo's 10th marathon event, and its people.

Ewalt: "Fargo is by far the best half-marathon I ran.”

Calderon: "First time here in Fargo, Beautiful. Beautiful place, Beautiful weather, Beautiful people. And the support is amazing."

Bolha: "I love the course. I love the people. It was really fun going through the neighborhoods. The crowd support was really great. The race really seemed well organized. It was just a wonderful event"

Once the out of town, state & country-er's take-off, there's a lot of cleanup that needs to be done, most of it downtown where the after-party was held.

A cleaning crew canvassed the area after the band finished around 10:30, having everything cleaned up sometime around 12:30, so they thought.

Knutson: "Then of course when bars let out you then have some people that are maybe a little ambitious and have a little too much fun and they like to tip things over and make a mess"

But Knutson says a few rotten eggs didn't spoil an overall smashing success.

Knutson: "Phenomenal, it was just amazing, the whole experience"

Organizers say all of the marathon's footprint will be gone in just a few days once gates and barricades are picked up.

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