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Published September 29, 2013, 10:49 AM

Wild Hog Half Marathon draws record crowd despite rain

Despite the rain and colder temperatures, thousands of runners, including a former Olympian, laced up for the second annual Wild Hog Half Marathon today.

Despite the rain and colder temperatures, thousands of runners, including a former Olympian, laced up for the second annual Wild Hog Half Marathon today.

Runners started and finished at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks.

The temperature near the finish line is about 50 degrees, and it was pouring down rain, but that didn't keep about 2,000 runners from making their mark.

Andrew Knight- Event Organizer: "We knew the rain was coming, but that's not something that deters runners. We're going to come out and do this anyways, especially runners up here."

Carrie Tollefson- Former Olympic Runner: "Tons of people were cheering for everybody. This is perfect running weather. It's harder on the spectators than it is the runners, but we got some pretty tough spectators."

Like Curtis Letexier and his 3-year-old daughter Madelyn.

Curtis Letexier- Watching the race: "I don't think the weather is putting a damper on too much of the stuff. I think everybody is just so happy to come out today."

Including former Olympic runner Carrie Tollefson. She's running the 10K today to prepare for her first marathon next weekend.

Tollefson: "I thought this would be a nice last workout before. I met some nice guys out there. It's just a fun atmosphere. How can you say no to coming here?"

Tollefson says she's mixing work with pleasure. She was the guest speaker at the event kick-off last night. Today, she's interviewing runners and filming this race to post to her website ctollerun.com.

Tollefson: "Our saying on ctollerun is get after it, so I use that in life and in general. I was just trying to motivate, but also share my story."

That story is one filled with medals, from near and far.

Tollefson: "A close second to the Olympics. The Grand Forks Wild Hog Half Marathon and all the other events were pretty close to being as big of a deal as running in the Olympic Games."

Event organizers say the race might become a full marathon next year.

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