Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead Makes Big Impact At Fargo Marathon


Veterinary technology instructor Gail White (far right) and students handed out water to partipants of the Fargo Marathon 5K.

The Minnesota School of Business in Moorhead spent it’s Community Service Day volunteering at one of the biggest community events of the year. The campus played a huge role in the 8th Annual Fargo Marathon that featured almost 25,000 participants and showed ths school’s ‘WE CARE’ philosophy and commitment to its community. Over 130 representatives from the campus volunteered throughout the week, culminating with race day on Saturday, May 19th.

Massage therapy program chair Megan Berg (right) and veterinary technology program chair Shelley Olson (left) were two of the 40 representatives the campus had on course control.

On Friday, May 18th, MSB-Moorhead made a huge impact, with over 65 representatives from the campus volunteering to help organize and carry out the necessary duties for the Fargo Marathon 5K race. Over 9,500 people hit the streets for the 5K alone. Staff, faculty, and students handled start/finish line management and course control, along with handing out water and medals. $1.00 from every registration for the 5K went to buy Nike tennis shoes for underprivelaged children in the community. Enough money was raised to purchase 1,000 pairs of shoes.

Nicole Wischnak along with the rest of the admissions team handed out medals to all 5K participants.

“We really wanted to help make the 5K event a success because it’s for such a great cause,” said Dean of Faculty Melinda Rustad. “We showed our MSB pride and really had fun.”

The campus also had several members of the staff and faculty hand out packets to runners throughout the week, many of them travelling thousands of miles to participate in the event.

Massage students worked on over 500 runners the day of the Fargo Marathon.

“It was really cool meeting so many different people from different parts of the country and in some cases different parts of the world,” service-learning coordinator Kristi Leverson said. “All of them mentioned how friendly the people were.”

The MSB-Moorhead massage therapy program created even more buzz the following day, offering complementary massages for marathon and half-marathon runners. Over 30 students, along with three staff members served over 500 runners looking for some relief after a grueling run.

Medical Assisting students took blood pressure checks for all attendees, including some employees of the Fargodome!

“The students and staff at Minnesota School of Business were absolutely unbelievable this whole week,” said Fargo Marathon Race Director Mark Knutson. “From volunteering to the massages, and everything in between really helped make our event successful.”

The campus logged over 700 hours of volunteer time throughout the entire week, leading up until final race on Saturday, May 19th.

Vet Tech students showed Fargo Marathon Expo attendees the proper way to brush a pet's teeth.

“Volunteering at the Fargo Marathon was a lot of fun. We got to work as a small team and it worked very well,” said accounting student Courtney Neset. “It’s great to see a community come together to make a huge thing happen.”

The campus also had a booth at the Marathon Health & Wellness Expo at the Fargodome where several students from different health sciences programs performed applied-learning projects for the public. Medical assisting students took blood pressure checks of expo attendees, while the ‘Application of Veterinary Clinical Skills’ class had a pet dental presentation with a live dog to practice on. Several attendees stopped by the learn from the students and ask questions.

“It was outstanding to see staff, faculty, students and their families, team up and play such a vital role in supporting for this event,” says Campus Director Erik Engberg.

The Fargo Marathon Committee plans to hold a pizza party on the MSB-Moorhead campus to celebrate all the efforts of the students, staff, and faculty as well.