This weekend marks a first in the cattle industry.
(Daren Williams / National Cattlemen's Beef Association) "This is a big deal for North Dakota because this is the first time ever that Beef has actually planned, sponsored and orchestrated an entire running event."
The "Beefin It Up Fuel for the Finish" is a new race to promote and support the future of the beef business.
The North Dakota CattlemWomen are hoping the run helps prove that beef is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
All proceeds from the event will be used to buy Ag education books for area elementary schools to teach the younger generation the importance of healthy eating and exercising.
(Daren Williams / National Cattlemen's Beef Association) "We are, I guess putting our legs where our mouth is and we are not just saying that beef is a part of a healthy diet, but we are actually getting out there and demonstrating it and by doing races, we have Team Beef runners all across the country, really every weekend with jerseys like the one I have on, saying that beef is a healthful food and it does provide essential nutrients and vitamins your body needs to be physically active."
There will be a 5K Run/Walk and a 10K run.
The Beefin It Up Fuel for the Finish Run is happening tomorrow at the Post, south of Mandan, starting at 9:30.
Two cattle women who are used to running after cows and kids have been making the training strides to compete in tomorrow's 5K.
Two of the biggest challenges are finding time and motivation.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you to two opposite ends of our viewing area to show you how Facebook is keeping these runners on track.
(Sarah Wilson / New to Running) "It gives me a chance to just have some peace and quite."
Sarah Wilson is the mother of 3, a farmer's wife and now a runner.
(Sarah Wilson / New to Running)I'm not a runner, only unless something is on fire. When I saw on facebook that the beef run was happening. I thought these are my women. I can run with some cattle women and so I knew a couple other ladies that were going to try it.
A few months ago this trail along these corn rows turned from a road into running route.
(Sarah Wilson / New to Running)"We just have a busy life, but I do try to squeeze it in if I can come out and run along the field road, it's nice and quite in the mornings or whenever I can squeeze it in. Sometimes it's dark at night when I finally get out there and get the running shoes on."
While it's not always easy, she keeps lacing up these running shoes.
(Sarah Wilson / New to Running) "I've been training pretty regularly. 3 times a week, more if I can. Squeeze it in around farming, and everything else."
Wilson says one of the biggest motivators has been this blue screen.
(Sarah Wilson / New to Running) "I started blogging about my journey and Teresa blogging about her journey and the facebook group that has started. Keeping everybody motivated on Facebook."Teresa Dvorak out in Manning, ND is a friend of mine, rancher's wife and rancher and so we kinda encouraged each other and we are going to do this thing. It's my first 5K ."
(Teresa Dvorak / New to Running) "It's been a great way to connect to get other people motivated and to motivate me as well."
Teresa Dvorak is used to running this cattle operation and household South of Killdeer.
While a farm is time consuming---a few months ago she found something else to spend her time doing.
(Teresa Dvorak / New to Running) "The hardest part has been to find the time to do it. The biggest enjoyment has been just having the me time of being able to concentrate on me instead of my 4 little kids."
That me time is now spent running these roads.
(Teresa Dvorak / New to Running) "The time. the time to find the time to actually train and find the time to run. I usually am running between 10 and 11 at night so it's hard to get motivated to do it that late at night, but I have been getting it done."
A new habit both Sarah and Teresa agree has been a nice addition to their operations.
Teresa and Sarah's goals for tomorrows race is just to finish.