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Overall Rating (152 Reviews)
4.7
(152 Ratings)(152 Reviews)
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2.4
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4.6
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4.5
With a week full of events, the Fargo Marathon is bound to have something for everyone. From the Cyclothon, Furgo Dog Run, Largest Kid’s Race, 5K Walk/Run, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon and Relays, there is a distance for all!
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    lassieandmax REPEAT RUNNER '18

    **UPDATE TO MY INITIAL REVIEW FOR THE 1/2 MARY** 2018 was my second year at Fargo and first year running the full. I continue to be impressed by this event. … MORE

    **UPDATE TO MY INITIAL REVIEW FOR THE 1/2 MARY** 2018 was my second year at Fargo and first year running the full. I continue to be impressed by this event. Compared to the half, the full has considerably fewer spectators as much of the first 2/3’s of the course runs through parks and while its pretty, its not easy for spectators to reach the course (at least from what I could tell). This is definitely a PR course, so if you are wanting that huge PR, I really recommend Fargo. Only 2 significant hills, and they aren’t big climbs – maybe 30 feet long at the most. GREAT swag, big heavy medal that is well designed, robust expo and easy to spectate if your family is coming along, even for the navigationally challenged. Its cheaper than Grandma’s (one night hotel stay vs two in Duluth), cheaper entry, and hotel costs are lower. I’d go back. (photo credit Grifftown Photography)

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    d.dencklau FIRST-TIMER '18

    Pros: -Starts and ends inside the Fargodome... warmth before the race and real bathrooms, a lot of parking -Well organized, particularly bag check. -Nice swag! Like the sweatshirt, great medal, … MORE

    Pros:
    -Starts and ends inside the Fargodome… warmth before the race and real bathrooms, a lot of parking
    -Well organized, particularly bag check.
    -Nice swag! Like the sweatshirt, great medal, nice bag.
    -Course had nice variety; lovely neighborhoods with a lot of support from those who lived there, a trail through a park, downtown past the iconic Fargo Theatre.
    -Solid post race food.
    -Very friendly volunteers (actually just everyone in North Dakota!)

    Not so good:
    -Start inside the Fargodome was a bit chaotic. As you can imagine, Garmin wouldn’t pick up satellite, not an issue for me, but be aware if you are relying on your Garmin, it will likely be a bit off.
    -I also found the expo tight and chaotic, but we came a very busy time. Layout could have been better.

    Bottom Line: This is a really nice race. I really enjoyed the course support (including a re-creation of the royal wedding also taking place that day) along 8th & 9th streets. Great way to mark off North Dakota on our 50 state quest, but I’d run it again if we happened to be in the area!

    Have some time? We took the rest of the week to travel to the extreme western part of the state to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Hidden gem that park! Great hiking in both units, beautiful scenery, a ton of animal and bird sightings.

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '17

    A friend and I stayed in an AirBNB within a mile from the FargoDome. we walked to the race. I had been feeling pretty good about my runs lately so … MORE

    A friend and I stayed in an AirBNB within a mile from the FargoDome. we walked to the race. I had been feeling pretty good about my runs lately so I attempted a PR at this race. The organization was phenomenal! I never questioned anything or worried about timing because all needs were met and questions were easily answered through the website or emails. The weather was perfect (for me). I started with the 4:00 pace group but quickly realized that he was several minutes ahead – so ahead that I could actually see the 3:55 pacer in front of us. I caught up with them and managed a sweet PR (my first sub-4!) The course was nice, although I was pretty focused on my pace that I didn’t do much sightseeing along the way. Not hilly at all for me to notice. Starting in the Dome was a bit chaotic (like herding cattle), but with larger races, that’s expected. Finishing in the dome was pretty cool. I hugged my pacer and grabbed some food (THEY HAD COOKIE DOUGH!!!) and waited for my friend to finish. There was plenty of room to hang out and watch the other runners finishing.
    This race is definitely in my top 15 (50+ marathons), not for scenery but for organization. The race shirts & bags were very cool and functional (Both of which I wear/use often).

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 31, 2018 at 6:41pm

    Congrats on your PR, Evelyn! I've read great things about Fargo, and it's good to know that someone with over 55 marathons under their belt feels the same. I'm excited to run it, though I have Comrades on the docket for this year so I'm eyeing Fargo for 2019. And I appreciate your helpful review!

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    klucht FIRST-TIMER '15

    The race starts and finishes in the Fargo dome. Easy parking and a great way to stay warm. The race course is pancake flat, but due to the amazing crowd … MORE

    The race starts and finishes in the Fargo dome. Easy parking and a great way to stay warm. The race course is pancake flat, but due to the amazing crowd support it is not boring. Literally ever block had fans or locals cheering you on. Such a fun race!!

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '17

    Fargo was my 49th marathon and honestly it was so perfectly organized I was taken aback a little bit. I'd heard good things but really, I thought, how good or … MORE

    Fargo was my 49th marathon and honestly it was so perfectly organized I was taken aback a little bit. I’d heard good things but really, I thought, how good or different can it be compared to the other 48? From start to finish, it was fantastic.

    All of the pre-race communication was helpful and timely leading up to marathon day. There are lots of other events during the week for anyone interested. There’s also a pub crawl after the main events on Saturday. The expo and packet pickup was super smooth and quick, and there were lots of vendors and merchandise.

    I stayed at Candlewood Suites right next to the Fargodome; super conveneient as I walked to the expo and start/finish in just a couple of minutes. There’s also a grocery store and CVS nearby for last minute necessities. Pre-marathon dinner at Grazie’s was excellent too (drive not walk).

    Weather forecasts were predicting rain up until the day before and lo and behold, it stayed off until well after noon. Awesome cool and overcast conditions, couldn’t have been better!

    The start and finish in the Fargodome is so nice. Plenty of bathrooms, warm, lots of space. They start loading up the chutes early enough to get everyone in and do a staggered start. Wheelchairs went at 7, then a couple of minutes later the rest of the marathoners went. Half runners went at 7:15 and 10k a few minutes later.

    The course has a lot of turns but was perfectly marked with road paint, signs, and volunteers. I never felt crowded or like I couldn’t find my stride. Plenty of water stops every 2 miles or so with lots of volunteers on either side of the road. The roads were also marked to direct half/10k/full runners and keep us separated to a certain degree.

    The course was very nice as well. There were some very pretty neighborhoods and a few places where we ran in a great scenic park. Just a really nice, varied course with only a few small hills.

    The finish area back in the Fargodome was nicely appointed with chocolate milk, pizza, fruit, etc. The medal is very nice and the marathon shirt is a great hoodie.

    I highly recommend the Fargo Marathon. Great atmosphere and organization!

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    TerriB FIRST-TIMER '17

    Race organizer's did and amazing job and the community support was amazing as well. The expo at race pick up was better that expected and well organized. I was amazing … MORE

    Race organizer’s did and amazing job and the community support was amazing as well. The expo at race pick up was better that expected and well organized. I was amazing how the people of Fargo came out to cheer on participants, and had fruit, donuts, etc. for the runners. Awesome under armour cinch bag, very nice shirt and medal.
    Course is flat and doable, especially when you have all the supporters out there cheering you on.

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    markyone REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was and has been the best race event. From the get go easy to register and all the info you need. From packet pickup to race day details. This … MORE

    This was and has been the best race event. From the get go easy to register and all the info you need. From packet pickup to race day details. This year is do the go challenge 5k and 10k. What an awesome, so well organized even. It was so much fun. All the support and bands along the race rout was amazing. I look at this as a mini vacation get away. What a great weekend. I’ve done fargo marathon 4 years now and looking to sign up for next year.

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    Wendells REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The bands on the course, the support for the spectators along the streets was amazing so much fun!! The start and finish in the Fargo dome was super cool, the … MORE

    The bands on the course, the support for the spectators along the streets was amazing so much fun!! The start and finish in the Fargo dome was super cool, the medals what can I say about them….. they are the real deal not some cheap thing you would toss away. And the 27th mile was fun after the race!!! The only thing I would change is the run threw the park was real boring! You could spruce it up with more signs to read along the way that are fun and interact with each other. Just a great marathon all around looking forward to running it for years to come. Thanks

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    buyintwos FIRST-TIMER '17

    Super well run event. Starting and ending in the Fargo Dome was a bonus. Despite the large crowds running the events, Fargo did a great job to keep everyone organized … MORE

    Super well run event. Starting and ending in the Fargo Dome was a bonus. Despite the large crowds running the events, Fargo did a great job to keep everyone organized and where they needed to be on time.

    I loved the Lord’s Prayer at the start, and the playing of the two national anthems.

    The packet pickup was effortless, and the hooded tee shirt was a nice touch! I didn’t need to use the bag drop, but it was a nice added feature.

    The food at the end was abundant. I don’t eat food like that, but it was nice to see for the other participants. My only issue was I couldn’t find the race wall at the end for finisher photos.

    The course was fast and flat, and well marked. Water stops were abundant. The bands along the way were awesome. Parking was a no braining. All in all, a positive experience!

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    hworley REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Great race with lots of local support along the route. The start and finish inside the Fargodome is perfect! Plenty of space for friends and family to cheer you on … MORE

    Great race with lots of local support along the route. The start and finish inside the Fargodome is perfect! Plenty of space for friends and family to cheer you on at the end. Bag drop was easy and there were plenty of bathrooms and even showers available at the end. Love the chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate milk at the end!

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    p.rob.runner FIRST-TIMER '17

    Fargo was GREAT for my first half marathon, and I plan on making it my first FULL marathon next year! I can't say enough good about it! There were more … MORE

    Fargo was GREAT for my first half marathon, and I plan on making it my first FULL marathon next year! I can’t say enough good about it! There were more than enough aid stations, and porta-potties. A TON of community support, people lined practically the whole course cheering you on. I would have liked to see more of the Red River along the course, but I understand that if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. Regardless, I loved it, and can’t wait to run at this event for many years to come!

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    escharmann May 29, 2017 at 1:21pm

    Glad to hear that you had such a great experience! Maybe they will incorporate more of the River next year.

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    ehoram FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my first full marathon and I am so happy it was in Fargo. The weather was wonderful and the support along the course from the Fargo and Moorhead, … MORE

    This was my first full marathon and I am so happy it was in Fargo. The weather was wonderful and the support along the course from the Fargo and Moorhead, MN communities is so encouraging. This course is a mix of riverwalk and residential. I particularly love that balance of excitement and also quiet time-nice balance for the mental work that goes into this. I’ll definitely run it again.

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    M_Sohaskey Jun 23, 2017 at 4:16pm

    Congrats on conquering your first marathon, Megan! Fargo does sound like a wonderful place for a first-timer. That finish line euphoria is an amazing feeling, isn't it? And I love that you immediately started planning for your second – spoken like someone bitten by the bug! :) Good luck, and hope to follow more of your racing adventures here on the site!

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    jillmakepeace REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is a great course! You will never be alone on the course the people of Fargo get you through the miles with music, food, cheers, and support! The organization … MORE

    This is a great course! You will never be alone on the course the people of Fargo get you through the miles with music, food, cheers, and support! The organization of the race itself is wonderful! I’ll always run Fargo if I am able!

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    428lyman REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Love Fargo! Did my first full there in 2015 and the half marathon did not disappoint. Great expo, swag and very nice people. Also, the pacers were kind and helpful! MORE

    Love Fargo! Did my first full there in 2015 and the half marathon did not disappoint. Great expo, swag and very nice people. Also, the pacers were kind and helpful!

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    kaylees REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Crowd support for this race is great! They really keep you going when you feel like giving up. Everything is really organized and it is easy to find out information … MORE

    Crowd support for this race is great! They really keep you going when you feel like giving up. Everything is really organized and it is easy to find out information about race day. By far my favorite race place.

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    amyeliz70 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Nice medals. Also really like the shirts this year. Have run this race every spring for seven years. The community really loves this event and gets behind it. Such great … MORE

    Nice medals. Also really like the shirts this year. Have run this race every spring for seven years. The community really loves this event and gets behind it. Such great crowd support even if the weather isn’t great sometimes.

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    nicolehessel FIRST-TIMER '17

    Love how everyone in Fargo was behind the runners wishing them good luck! First time ever being in Fargo and running the half marathon but it was truly amazing and … MORE

    Love how everyone in Fargo was behind the runners wishing them good luck! First time ever being in Fargo and running the half marathon but it was truly amazing and will be back next year!!

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    jrmn73 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Flat! Horrible start line. Herded like cattle and not lined up by times. First 4 miles tight and slow. The bag is great the shirt was not that great! MORE

    Flat! Horrible start line. Herded like cattle and not lined up by times. First 4 miles tight and slow. The bag is great the shirt was not that great!

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    hsokness REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is an awesome race for beginners or for runners looking for their PR! It's perfect for everyone + anyone! Weather @ this time of the year is usually tolerable … MORE

    This is an awesome race for beginners or for runners looking for their PR! It’s perfect for everyone + anyone! Weather @ this time of the year is usually tolerable too! Love Fargo Marathon! Now starting to get my kiddos involved as well!

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    lmbohler REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was my sixth 10K in Fargo. Well run race and great bag this year. Also loved that I could upgrade to a hoodie! The residents are so cooperative allowing … MORE

    This was my sixth 10K in Fargo. Well run race and great bag this year. Also loved that I could upgrade to a hoodie! The residents are so cooperative allowing this event to close down whole streets. Then they stand on the sidewalk and cheer everyone on!

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