Terer earns men’s full crown at Fargo Marathon
FARGO — All Geofrey Terer has done lately in the sport of running is win. The native Kenyan now based in Colorado Springs, Colo., won the 14th annual Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday, May 19, his second 26.2-mile victory in three weeks.
He won the Lincoln Marathon on May 6, which followed victories in the 25K Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race in Colorado Springs in April and the Cowtown Ultra 50K in February in Fort Worth, Texas.
Terer is 41 years old and didn’t run his first marathon until he was 35. He looked energetic and healthy as he made his way through the streets and trails of Fargo and Moorhead on a windy and cool morning, finishing with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes.
The race started and ended in the Fargodome, but a cool wind that carried gusts of around 20 miles per hour gave the runners some issues.
“The wind was challenging,” Terer said. “When you face the wind you tend to reduce your speed because you’re using a lot of energy.”
Terer broke away from a pack consisting of Zach Bruns from Milwaukee, Adam Pangrac from Moorhead and Chase Hamilton from Marshall, Minn., in the first eight miles and was never seriously challenged after that. Bruns and Pangrac kept Terer in sight for the most part when the course was in its straight-away sections, but couldn’t close the gap to anything less than two blocks.
Terer ran mile splits of 5:27 and 5:24 in Miles 7 and 8 and maintained his lead from there. He followed with three straight splits of 5:31 in Miles 9 through 11. He dipped briefly heading north doing a 5:51 at Mile 18, but recovered after that.
His slowest stretch was a 6:08 at Mile 24.
“I didn’t expect to win,” Terer said. “I won two weeks ago so I wasn’t expecting this.”
Pangrac closed the gap for second place finishing at 2:30.39. Bruns was next at 2:32.58.
Terer won the Lincoln race in 2:29.37. His other marathon victories include back-to-back titles in the Missoula Marathon (Mont.) in 2016 and 2017.
He’s not taking a break. He’s scheduled to run the Utah Valley Marathon on June 9.
“I like to do 100 miles a week,” Terer said. “This is just like training.”