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Overall Rating (270 Reviews)
4.7
(270 Ratings)(270 Reviews)
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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! In its 15th year, the 2019 Fargo Marathon course is … MORE
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    rhellyer REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race weekend is always such a blast! Fargo really rolls out the welcome mat and shows what ND Nice looks like! Have ran the Relay the last several years … MORE

    This race weekend is always such a blast! Fargo really rolls out the welcome mat and shows what ND Nice looks like! Have ran the Relay the last several years and despite the rain, wind and cold, it was still a fantastic time with some great, strong ladies! Will be back again and again!

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    mnjogger FIRST-TIMER '19

    I arrived at the Expo when the 5k was going on so getting into the parking lot was a little challenging. I didn't spend a lot of time at the … MORE

    I arrived at the Expo when the 5k was going on so getting into the parking lot was a little challenging. I didn’t spend a lot of time at the Expo since I arrived near their closing hours. It was an efficient in-and-out though. Great race poster, drop bag/backpack, and hoodie as swag! The finisher medal has the same design as the poster and is noteworthy for its 4.5″ x 5″ size and inscription on the back that others have also mentioned.

    I didn’t have any time goal on this race – just finish! Temps stayed in the low 40s. Winds were quite strong at times (20+ mph on the weather apps) with rain most of the time. At times I needed to just lower my head to charge into the wind. It was nice to start and finish in the Fargodome in shelter. Things were well coordinated there and comfy.

    The course is mostly asphalt thru neighborhoods and college campuses and is well-marked. While it is not scenic in the sense of Big Sur, I enjoyed seeing the houses and parks. Final distance was 26.5 for me, so pretty efficient despite turns and out-and-backs. I never felt crowded on the course and never felt alone either. I give Fargo residents a lot of credit for coming out and supporting the race in this weather. Lots of people were at the end of their driveways in the rain or on their porches cheering us on … both young and old. Bands even showed up playing under tents, in garages, and in foyers at the colleges. I feel for the volunteers who stood out there for hours in this weather. Water stops were generally where they were advertised to be with one or two exceptions and enough port-o-potties on the course. The volunteers did a fantastic job throughout the event.

    I did not attend the after-party at night so cannot comment on that.

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    M_Sohaskey May 22, 2019 at 1:23pm

    Well said, David! I was out there running along with you and YES, the volunteers and spectators were just amazing, they made my day (along with starting and finishing inside… MORE

    Well said, David! I was out there running along with you and YES, the volunteers and spectators were just amazing, they made my day (along with starting and finishing inside the Fargodome, of course). The medal is awesome, isn't it? I thought I was going to get a neck cramp when they first hung it on me. Congrats on toughing out the weather (though coming from MN, you're already a bit tougher than us thin-skinned SoCal types), and thanks for another excellent review! LESS

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    HardRockMom FIRST-TIMER '19

    Start and finish in the Fargodome. Best quality swag ever! Very organized. The expo was large and relevant. I had a blast. The most fun at a half since Disney … MORE

    Start and finish in the Fargodome. Best quality swag ever! Very organized. The expo was large and relevant. I had a blast. The most fun at a half since Disney (tough to beat Disney). Friendly area with good eats and interesting things to do. Close to an airport for those coming from far. I highly recommend this one!

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    rhames66 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Having the race start and also finish inside the Fargodome is a fantastic advantage, especially when the weather outside turns out to be cool, wet, and windy (aka the Fargo … MORE

    Having the race start and also finish inside the Fargodome is a fantastic advantage, especially when the weather outside turns out to be cool, wet, and windy (aka the Fargo hat trick). I was able to stay warm and dry while getting ready for the race, and my family stayed warm and dry while enjoying the atmosphere and waiting for me.

    The very flat course had great fan and volunteer support, regardless of the bad weather. Everyone was friendly and enthusiastic.

    The course was a nice run through mostly residential areas. I believe that one or two of the more scenic stretches had to be rerouted this year because of flooding issues.

    I will definitely run Fargo again.

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    Rnealpotts FIRST-TIMER '19

    Lived up to the hype. Having heard how popular the race was I made travel arrangements 9 months in advance. Needed a race in North Dakota for my 47th state. … MORE

    Lived up to the hype. Having heard how popular the race was I made travel arrangements 9 months in advance. Needed a race in North Dakota for my 47th state. Very well organized packet pickup, but not that many exhibitors present. There is a big crowd, so don’t wait until the last minute on race morning. It will take a while to get to the Fargodome parking. Start in the Fargodome was awesome, as it was a pretty miserable weather day. Low 40’s, rain and wind. Can’t do anything about the weather. Flat course, well marked and monitored and plenty of spectators out, in spite of the weather. Finish in the Fargodome was awesome – let you get out of the elements. Cool medal with Hebrews 12:1 inscribed on the back. Race swag was a very nice, hooded long sleeve jersey. Would recommend for anyone who needs a race in North Dakota.

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    usamhall FIRST-TIMER '19

    I did this race the week after Brookings so my legs were tired and I almost didn't come. But the race really was talked highly of by my Maniac brothers … MORE

    I did this race the week after Brookings so my legs were tired and I almost didn’t come. But the race really was talked highly of by my Maniac brothers and sisters. The atmosphere was electric with so many clubs present. We teased and joked our way through 26.2 miles of beautiful neighborhoods. We even crossed over into Minnesoto. The one problem I had other than my legs being tired was the wind from between the buildings downtown. But you can’t ask the RD to control the weather. So even with lots of rain and some wind I had a great time. I am glad I drove the 12 hours to get there.

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    SlowJuan FIRST-TIMER '19

    Fargo is the place to go far! There's a reason why this race consistently gets rave reviews. Maybe it's receiving a race hoodie instead of a T-shirt or the finisher's … MORE

    Fargo is the place to go far! There’s a reason why this race consistently gets rave reviews. Maybe it’s receiving a race hoodie instead of a T-shirt or the finisher’s medal that doubles as a trivet. (Yeah….it’s big.) Perhaps it’s the generous 7-hr cut-off time, much appreciated by those of us who are velocity-challenged. Maybe it’s the warm, friendly confines of the Fargodome, protecting runners from the elements both before and after their race or its Expo-in-the-round on the concourse. The 2019 race had rain, 20-25 mph wind and temperatures only reaching a high of 46 degrees (good day, eh?!?), so the Fargodome was a welcomed safe haven. The course is flat and fast, mostly through immaculately tidy neighborhoods. The event is extremely well organized. The marathon, 1/2 marathon and 10K courses intertwine and double-back on each other, so there are occasional stretches where it’s like running through a convoluted M.C. Escher painting; difficult to tell who’s ahead or behind you or even in the same race. The volunteers were amazing; enthusiastically manning their posts, dispensing race fluids and slinging GU in the wind and rain.
    Two personal highlights for Slow Juan: The Elvis impersonator at Mile 25.5 encouraging me to finish with his rousing performance of, “It’s Now or Never!” And sharing a post-race debriefing session with Mike Sohaskey (RaceRaves) and his lovely wife Katie at Drekker Brewing over a celebratory Broken Rudder red ale. Be sure to check out Drekker’s “Brew-halla” at 1666 1st Street or catch a post-race beer and a slice of Spicy Pie Pizza at Flatland Brewing. Can’t go wrong either way. So, should you plan on running Fargo next year? Ja, don’t be a hoser, don’cha know. Take off, eh?

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    M_Sohaskey May 22, 2019 at 1:23pm

    That's pretty much how I remember it! Though I could swear those winds out there were closer to 70-75 mph 😉. Congrats to the Slow Juan Express on notching yet… MORE

    That's pretty much how I remember it! Though I could swear those winds out there were closer to 70-75 mph 😉. Congrats to the Slow Juan Express on notching yet another state, and thanks for the post-race pain management session at Drekker, that was high on our list of weekend highlights as well. Hope to see you in Tulsa in November, if not earlier — we've gotta keep meeting like this! 🦉 LESS

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    kaylabilladeau REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This will always be one of my favorite races, however this years weather was something to toughen you up! This was my 2nd half this year, and tougher since I … MORE

    This will always be one of my favorite races, however this years weather was something to toughen you up! This was my 2nd half this year, and tougher since I am 14 weeks pregnant. It was still a positive experience, and even though it was raining, the support on the course was great. Flat with a few underpasses to go under.
    The only downfall that I had for this years race was that part way through the course, the half and full “swapped” sides of the course, and this wasn’t well signed. The rest of the course was, but it was a bit frustrating for the lead marathoner to have to run through the cups from the half marathon.

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    peacockrunner FIRST-TIMER '19

    The start and finish at the Fargodome was awesome! No waiting outside in the cold or rain and it just set the tone for a great day. The swag is … MORE

    The start and finish at the Fargodome was awesome! No waiting outside in the cold or rain and it just set the tone for a great day. The swag is some of the best I have ever received from any race. It was incredible to see the entire city come together to support the race, from the spectators to the volunteers…everyone contributed to an overall great experience!
    I love getting race videos with the photos!

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    runvirginia FIRST-TIMER '19

    I echo the comments by the other reviewers. I just wanted to give additional credit to the 5:25 pacer and compliment his getting us through the race without having to … MORE

    I echo the comments by the other reviewers. I just wanted to give additional credit to the 5:25 pacer and compliment his getting us through the race without having to think as much as usual 🙂

    I also want to compliment the showers in the FargoDome, and the well-organized dome floor–bag drop was in the exact same location 5:25 later–and we could scope out the finish line at the start (which, blessedly, was warm and dry).

    I liked the size of the race–I was never alone, and there were plentiful water cups at all the stations. I liked the neighborhoods, and the residents, who played music for us and gave us jolly ranchers. I agree with those who comment on the many turns of the course, but I like the mental variety–where are we going? what’s around the bend? I like the fact that the halfers started a little after the full–less getting psyched out by their pace (again. shout out to the pacer for curbing my enthusiasm).

    44 and drizzling turns out to be pretty good running weather in that it is cooler and overcast. I was thankful that it stopped and I dried out after an hour or two (except the feet).

    I liked the medal– colorful and solid; I personally hate string bags because the strings get caught on everything, but this was clearly a high-end string bag this year, and the bag drop was seamless. I liked that the shirt was a sweatshirt–I have enough tech Ts.

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    dsbland FIRST-TIMER '19

    The weather in Fargo on race morning was about 44 degrees with constant rain and a wind that blew anywhere from 15 to 25 mph and yet this was one … MORE

    The weather in Fargo on race morning was about 44 degrees with constant rain and a wind that blew anywhere from 15 to 25 mph and yet this was one of my favorites. The reputation of Fargo being full of exceptionally nice and polite people is well earned even though they have a wood chipper on display at the visitor center. Getting here is surprisingly easy, I rented a car at the airport and was glad to have it for getting around the city (which is also very easy).
    The expo was small as to be expected for a race this size, but the people were so friendly I could have spent all day just chatting. The race swag bag is the best I have ever received. Very well constructed and plenty large, it will get a lot of use in my family. A hooded sweatshirt instead of the typical technical tee was a nice touch as well.
    With a rainy race day, the start inside the FargoDome was a blessing of the highest order. Speaking of blessings, we actually had a marriage before the start of the race, definitely a first for me. And the bride and groom were serenaded by Elvis after the ceremony. You really had to be there for any of that to make sense. Basically it all means these race directors were on the ball and the race management was amazing.
    The race itself can be summed in one word: Flat. Also cold, wet and windy but honestly once you’re out in those elements you adjust, it wasn’t that big of an issue for me. But, when they say the course is flat, it literally felt like running on a treadmill for long stretches. Not an issue but when you did hit a little up or downhill you definitely felt the muscles tighten up.
    I can’t say enough about how many people were out in the neighborhoods cheering us on and all the volunteers who never missed a beat controlling traffic or giving out fluids. In that kind of weather, the support was amazing, truly a credit to this race. The course was mostly residential which would have gotten boring if not for all the neighbors out cheering on the runners.
    The end of the race is back at the FargoDome with the race announcer calling out your name and people in the stands cheering. I’m not a big eater after a marathon so I can’t really speak to what the post race spread was like. I got my chocolate milk (my post race fave) and a banana and found a chair.
    My review would not be complete without mentioning meeting Mike and Katie at the end of the race, very exciting to put a face and a smile to those names. I will be sporting my RaceRaves hat at future events and keep my eye out for others as well!
    In summary, Fargo was fantastic. I ran it because I’m doing the 50 states but I would recommend this to everyone, regardless of what your ultimate goals are. This was a race that exemplified why we spend our money and go to these events, I loved it.

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    M_Sohaskey May 22, 2019 at 1:20pm

    Beautifully said Scott, I couldn't agree more. You summed up the whole day perfectly, and being able to stick around afterward in a dry dome and meet you at the… MORE

    Beautifully said Scott, I couldn't agree more. You summed up the whole day perfectly, and being able to stick around afterward in a dry dome and meet you at the finish was the icing on the cake. We also paid a visit to the wood chipper, that was a fun surprise since we didn't know it lived there at the visitors center. Congrats on notching another state, and thanks for your thoughtful review... hope the hat comes in handy and that we meet at another start or finish line soon! LESS

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    erbVanZan FIRST-TIMER '17

    It wasn’t an exciting course, but for some reason I enjoyed it. Not much to do in Fargo, but I was able to concentrate on the race. The organization was … MORE

    It wasn’t an exciting course, but for some reason I enjoyed it. Not much to do in Fargo, but I was able to concentrate on the race. The organization was superb!!! The swag bag was awesome!

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    amyeliz70 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great swag, organized, nice expo, friendly great crowd support. Run some event here every year. I like the challenge, Friday night 5k in Addition to a Saturday event. MORE

    Great swag, organized, nice expo, friendly great crowd support. Run some event here every year. I like the challenge, Friday night 5k in Addition to a Saturday event.

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    katherine.nelson15 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I've participated in the Fargo Marathon (both half and full marathon) several years now and I always love coming back! The course is nice and flat, good scenery, good crowds … MORE

    I’ve participated in the Fargo Marathon (both half and full marathon) several years now and I always love coming back! The course is nice and flat, good scenery, good crowds and signs and plenty of good snacks at the end! Also very nice to start and finish inside.

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    bgruenberg FIRST-TIMER '16

    The Fargo Marathon events are so well organized and always run smoothly! I love all of the support and entertainment that is spread throughout the race course! I will definitely … MORE

    The Fargo Marathon events are so well organized and always run smoothly! I love all of the support and entertainment that is spread throughout the race course! I will definitely do this race again in the future!

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    Trace REPEAT RUNNER '18

    have run the 10K, 1/2 marathon, and the 4 person relay,, all fun to run, the course is full of senery and is a pretty flat course, so not too … MORE

    have run the 10K, 1/2 marathon, and the 4 person relay,, all fun to run, the course is full of senery and is a pretty flat course, so not too hard. The pre and post race events are worth the run, although after being involved with this event, I have enough bags,,, would be nice to shake it up a bit on the swag,,

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    jschulz2789 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Fun and flat! This was my first marathon and would like to continue to run this each year. The course is well marked, offers the best route possible in the … MORE

    Fun and flat! This was my first marathon and would like to continue to run this each year. The course is well marked, offers the best route possible in the fargo moorhead area. No hills!!!

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    ehperry8 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Flat course. Not many spectators. Love that the race starts inside. Plenty of restrooms. Awesome finishers medal with Bible Verse on the back. MORE

    Flat course. Not many spectators. Love that the race starts inside. Plenty of restrooms. Awesome finishers medal with Bible
    Verse on the back.

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    Brad REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Starting in the Fargodome is incredible. Then heading to North Fargo made the first six miles fly by. From there you cross the river and follow the river to Moorhead … MORE

    Starting in the Fargodome is incredible. Then heading to North Fargo made the first six miles fly by. From there you cross the river and follow the river to Moorhead State and Concordia campus’s. From there you head to a park on the river and cross back into Fargo into another park. On mile 18 is where the race race really gets exciting where both sides of the streets are packed with fans all the way through mile 26.2. At Mile 23 you enter downtown on Broadway past the Fargo Theatre and start heading back to the Fargo dome one of the coolest finish you will ever experience. Awesome course, Awesome fans, Awesome Medals, Awesome Swag!

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    OKahrs FIRST-TIMER '18

    Well organized. Great community participation! Spectators on every block! Music along the course almost every mile. The Expo prior to the race is a can’t miss event. There were neat … MORE

    Well organized. Great community participation! Spectators on every block! Music along the course almost every mile. The Expo prior to the race is a can’t miss event. There were neat photo ops and plenty of opportunity for SWAG.

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