Overall Rating
Overall Rating (382 Reviews)
4.5
(382 Ratings)  (382 Reviews)
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2.3
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
4.4
The Fargo Marathon is one of the best small-town marathons in the United States, and for good reason. The course offers 26.2 miles (or 13.1 if you opt for the half marathon) of Midwestern charm, a town-wide cheering section, and 50+ live bands and DJs to keep you entertained and motivated. It truly is an experience like no … MORE
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    cmsingelstad FIRST-TIMER '24

    This was my first ever timed race of any kind and I'm so glad that I started here. Fargo provides a nice, easy run. The aid stations were well placed. … MORE

    This was my first ever timed race of any kind and I’m so glad that I started here. Fargo provides a nice, easy run. The aid stations were well placed. There was a great crowd. For a half marathon, the medal was much more than I’d expected. There was never any confusion on route throughout the course. I’d love to go back again!

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    kkohler REPEAT RUNNER '24

    I've run both the 10k and the half at the Fargo Marathon, both of which occur on the Saturday morning. It's always a very well organized and well run event. … MORE

    I’ve run both the 10k and the half at the Fargo Marathon, both of which occur on the Saturday morning. It’s always a very well organized and well run event. The swag is good and something I wear throughout the year. The routes sometimes change a bit because of potential spring flood warnings from the river but we always run through beautiful residential neighborhoods, longer routes adding runs through the historic downtown. There are always lots of supporters, music, water stations; the washrooms at the start are plentiful so waits before the run are not terrible.

    For those looking for a PR, this is a good course because it is flat and supportive, and the weather is usually perfect (though obviously that’s tough to guarantee).

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    fainilj FIRST-TIMER '24

    Loved the medal, everything ran smoothly and was well planned out. definitely will recommend. Was not a fan of the post race treats. Drinks were warm, no chocolate milk or … MORE

    Loved the medal, everything ran smoothly and was well planned out. definitely will recommend. Was not a fan of the post race treats. Drinks were warm, no chocolate milk or coke and bananas were green.

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    neuquen77 REPEAT RUNNER '24

    Be aware of course changes and other runners as you run. Enjoy the bands as you run and its a great atmosphere. The crowd is great support as well as … MORE

    Be aware of course changes and other runners as you run. Enjoy the bands as you run and its a great atmosphere. The crowd is great support as well as runners going in opposite directions gives you good support during the race.

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    cbrandt REPEAT RUNNER '24

    It was a new location this year and I liked changing it up. Fitz is the best race announcer! Finishing with Fitz and the local mascots was the best! MORE

    It was a new location this year and I liked changing it up. Fitz is the best race announcer! Finishing with Fitz and the local mascots was the best!

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    cbrandt REPEAT RUNNER '24

    One of the flattest courses in the nation so great if you are trying to BQ. One downsize is that they don't have corral starts so it does start out … MORE

    One of the flattest courses in the nation so great if you are trying to BQ. One downsize is that they don’t have corral starts so it does start out slow trying to get around runners and spread out.

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    lubacious FIRST-TIMER '24

    Very solid event overall. Parking wasn't too difficult if you arrived 40+ minutes before the first start and the NDSU campus seemed to have plenty of parking at a reasonable … MORE

    Very solid event overall. Parking wasn’t too difficult if you arrived 40+ minutes before the first start and the NDSU campus seemed to have plenty of parking at a reasonable distance.

    I wish there were more porta-potties at the starting line; this was a bit of a bottleneck before the race began.

    The course itself had plenty of hydration and nutrition support and an amount of on-course porta-potties that was more than the average marathon.

    The post race celebration and food was perhaps a bit less than the average city marathon, but given the amount of on-course support and the quality of schwag, I didn’t mind at all that there weren’t fancy/delicious food options in addition to staples like fruit, juice, etc. right in the vicinity of the finish line.

    Overall, I felt like this was a high-value marathon in the sense of what you got for what you paid for. The course had very solid support and was a good one for pursuing a personal best pace. The entire experience went very smoothly for me, and it would be hard to go into each little detail, but I felt like the process from registration to crossing the finish line was executed smoothly by the race organizers.

    If you are looking for a marathon to check North Dakota off of your 50 states, this race is a very solid choice in my opinion.

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    Awesome volunteers, cheerful spectators, and a flat course have all made this my "go to" marathon (this was my 6th time). It is also the closest option that I can … MORE

    Awesome volunteers, cheerful spectators, and a flat course have all made this my “go to” marathon (this was my 6th time). It is also the closest option that I can drive to and fro on the same day.

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    kzwingerman FIRST-TIMER '24

    The community/crowd support was amazing! The volunteers were great! Even though they had the change the route due to flooding 2 days before it was still a great route with … MORE

    The community/crowd support was amazing! The volunteers were great! Even though they had the change the route due to flooding 2 days before it was still a great route with lots of nice scenery! Only disappointing thing was the post race snacks. There wasn’t much to refuel post race

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    chrisdumas FIRST-TIMER '24

    Nice flat course, had to reroute the course a couple of weeks before due to flood threats. The expo was actually good, and set up very efficiently. MORE

    Nice flat course, had to reroute the course a couple of weeks before due to flood threats. The expo was actually good, and set up very efficiently.

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    kjiestamoch SPECTATOR '24

    There was ZERO security and safety and order for the kids. Then the distance was changed without communication and no kids were safe. TERRIBLE MORE

    There was ZERO security and safety and order for the kids. Then the distance was changed without communication and no kids were safe. TERRIBLE

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    kjiestamoch REPEAT RUNNER '24

    Lots of people and not alot of space and parking. Wave start was fine but the finish line was not blocked so standing people were in the way of finishers … MORE

    Lots of people and not alot of space and parking. Wave start was fine but the finish line was not blocked so standing people were in the way of finishers and it made it hard

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    fossuml REPEAT RUNNER '24

    The new location made packet pickup an enormous headache. You had to try to get through the 5k route in order to get to the expo. Limited signage the morning … MORE

    The new location made packet pickup an enormous headache. You had to try to get through the 5k route in order to get to the expo. Limited signage the morning of the race made finding porta potties and race starts difficult. It has been much more organized in the past.

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    ashleywolff333 FIRST-TIMER '24

    The half marathon course was well laid out and easy to follow. I never came close to getting lost. I do wish the snacks at the end of the race … MORE

    The half marathon course was well laid out and easy to follow. I never came close to getting lost. I do wish the snacks at the end of the race were better.

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    cjhapka REPEAT RUNNER '24

    When I looked at my watch, the route seemed to be a decent chunk longer than a half marathon. Otherwise, great race. I saw an arrest made during my run, … MORE

    When I looked at my watch, the route seemed to be a decent chunk longer than a half marathon. Otherwise, great race. I saw an arrest made during my run, so it was good to see the police do their job.

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    dawsonmcdonald REPEAT RUNNER '24

    The race had multiple water and Powerade stations to help replenish your body. There was always people on the sides of the race to cheer you on! The race was … MORE

    The race had multiple water and Powerade stations to help replenish your body. There was always people on the sides of the race to cheer you on! The race was put on very well!

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    nikki_neisen12 REPEAT RUNNER '24

    Flat and can go fast. Not much scenery However this may have been due to the flooding. I enjoy ending and starting in the fargo dome and they didn’t do … MORE

    Flat and can go fast. Not much scenery However this may have been due to the flooding. I enjoy ending and starting in the fargo dome and they didn’t do that this year.

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    melp FIRST-TIMER '24

    It was great! I was slightly disappointed in the after race party. People who had done it previously said it had been better then this years. MORE

    It was great! I was slightly disappointed in the after race party. People who had done it previously said it had been better then this years.

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    mbrandmire FIRST-TIMER '24

    For my first time running the Fargo Half, I was surprised at just how many participants there were. Because of that, though, the atmosphere and the energy was awesome. The … MORE

    For my first time running the Fargo Half, I was surprised at just how many participants there were. Because of that, though, the atmosphere and the energy was awesome. The course was well laid out and I had a great time overall.

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    k_wicklund FIRST-TIMER '24

    Enjoyed the scenery and excitement around this run! I understand the original race coordinator passed so maybe a few bumps in planning but this is a massive undertaking so kudos … MORE

    Enjoyed the scenery and excitement around this run! I understand the original race coordinator passed so maybe a few bumps in planning but this is a massive undertaking so kudos to those who set it up! Especially considering they had to make a few changes last minute with flooding.

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