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Overall Rating (148 Reviews)
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(148 Ratings)(148 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!
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    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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    Emily Scharmann 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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    Mike 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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    I heard about it from another runner and he said, it's a great race so I registered for the first time. It's my first race outside Manitoba. This race exceeds … MORE

    I heard about it from another runner and he said, it’s a great race so I registered for the first time. It’s my first race outside Manitoba. This race exceeds my expectations. It’s well organized obviously and the crowd support was overwhelming! The race started at 7 am but I saw a lot of people on the streets cheering and giving high 5s! Lots of water stations so if you were dehydrated it’s your fault! I had lots of fun at the Expo as well, I spun wheels and I won a pair of socks and a cool mug! Not to mention free towels, sunscreen, lip balm and pens 🙂 I write a lot I need it. I find the Free shuttle buses on the the race day very useful especially for out of towners like me. Hassle free and convenient. I also noticed that this race is well supported by the business sector as well like restaurants and hotels. I stayed at Hawthorn suites and there’s a welcome banner for runners and a breakfast for us that starts at 4 AM. I love the shirt! Looks cool and I will wear this to let everyone know that I ran this race:). The medal is the biggest and coolest among my current collection glad my neck was okay because I was wearing it till I got back to my hotel. The design is very Fargo and I like it. My friends were jealous when I showed them my underarmour sack pack too. Of course I can’t complain with the post race snacks! Never had pizza as post race snack in Manitoba and there are a lot more. I ate a lot! The official result will be posted right away the moment you cross the finish line and I love the way it was presented very detailed. I even learned that I passed by 72 runners and I was passed by 10 runners! Makes me feel proud and telling me that I did a great job. Don’t worry if you ran this alone you will still have photos if you are not camera shy because official photographers are waiting for you at the finish line. I actually spotted some along the course as well. The photos were posted the next day. I don’t know how to look good while running so some of my photos are really funny haha! It’s my first time starting and finishing inside a dome and with a big screen so I was very excited ! And the music were lively too especially the “eye of the tiger”. It energized me that’s why I got a new PB lol! Always try to finish strong so You will look good on the big screen and finishing video haha! I did!
    Fargo is 3.5 hours drive from Winnipeg if you didn’t encounter any problem at the border! Worth the drive and I will definitely run this again next year but this time I will run it my friends! If they won’t I will still go ha!

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    Mike Sohaskey Jun 23, 2017 at 4:29pm

    Congrats on the new PB, Jeff! Sounds like you made an awesome choice for your first U.S. race, and hope this is the first of many for you here in the states (we'd love to help you find a few more here on the site!). You've got me excited to run Fargo now, especially since I'm a sucker for a well-organized race with a great medal. Maybe I'll see you in the Dome next year. Thanks for a brilliant review!

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    Renae_Huelsnitz REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Med tent staff are awesome! Great message for cramping legs! Medals were WOW this year especially! Great crowds along the course! Very encouraging volunteers!! Thank you Fargo for another great … MORE

    Med tent staff are awesome! Great message for cramping legs! Medals were WOW this year especially! Great crowds along the course! Very encouraging volunteers!! Thank you Fargo for another great year!!

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    taschum REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The bands and supporters along the course are great! I'm not a serious runner and this race was fun. I look forward to doing the half marathon again! MORE

    The bands and supporters along the course are great! I’m not a serious runner and this race was fun. I look forward to doing the half marathon again!

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    shortround81 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I have to say that the Fargo Marathon was so amazing I almost forgot how awful running 26.2 Miles was. This is my very first marathon, so I have nothing … MORE

    I have to say that the Fargo Marathon was so amazing I almost forgot how awful running 26.2 Miles was. This is my very first marathon, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I feel like Fargo would pretty hard to beat. The whole entire process ran so smoothly. I’m someone who can get very anxious when I’m not sure of what the game plan is (on top of the nervousness of running a marathon), but the communication throughout the entire time was excellent. Getting my bag was a breeze. The route was great. We hit the main Fargo-Moorhead hot spots, but there was a lot of residential running, which had a lot of great support. The medal wasn’t some cheap dime store award either. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be living my marathon hoodie from now because it’s so comfy. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better first marathon!

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