Overall Rating
Overall Rating (388 Reviews)
4.5
(388 Ratings)  (388 Reviews)
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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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    happyrunner46 FIRST-TIMER '24

    As someone who usually just does the marathon I loved being able to hear the story of how this week of events was created and the heart behind it. Seeing … MORE

    As someone who usually just does the marathon I loved being able to hear the story of how this week of events was created and the heart behind it. Seeing so many different walks of life come together for this event was truly something special to see. This was a perfect tribute to Mark. Just shy of 3,000 people. The community and the work of those who put the race on truly made this event so special.

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    happyrunner46 REPEAT RUNNER '24

    I usually prefer trails however this is my favorite race & the only marathon I’ve ever repeated. This year I brought one of my good friends (who is not a … MORE

    I usually prefer trails however this is my favorite race & the only marathon I’ve ever repeated. This year I brought one of my good friends (who is not a seasoned marathoner) from Ohio with me and we had a blast together! Somehow I talked this race up and I was relieved he felt it was worth the hype. As it seems like everyone knows the race director passed away and it made the race have a few hick ups but nothing major from what I experienced. (My only negatives I felt were not a lot of food at the finish.) I felt the new director did a good job picking up a twenty year project honoring what Mark created. I’ll without a doubt be back and it’ll be fun to see how the race grows both honoring Mark and new ideas.

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    amandakrenz REPEAT RUNNER '24

    As a Fargo native who moved away I look forward to this race each year. The amount of people who come out to cheer and support the runners is like … MORE

    As a Fargo native who moved away I look forward to this race each year. The amount of people who come out to cheer and support the runners is like nothing I’ve experienced in other races. Being able to run down broadway and see the historic Fargo sign is so much fun.

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    colsberg2013 REPEAT RUNNER '24

    Race director needs to go Organization was worst I have ever seen. Dog run and youth run started while marathon was still going on. Director hasn't a clue what fargo … MORE

    Race director needs to go
    Organization was worst I have ever seen.
    Dog run and youth run started while marathon was still going on.
    Director hasn’t a clue what fargo marathon race week is about. He wrecked it this year
    People were going off course (not marked)
    Vehicles were driving on the course
    Have a root canal, it will be less painful

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    andreamn REPEAT RUNNER '24

    I have been running the Fargo races for years and rarely miss one. Love the event; it is always a well-organized and exciting event with lots of activities and amazing … MORE

    I have been running the Fargo races for years and rarely miss one. Love the event; it is always a well-organized and exciting event with lots of activities and amazing support for the running community!

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    Kato3108 REPEAT RUNNER '24

    2024 was an off year after losing long time race director. I am hopeful mistakes will be corrected and this will continue to be a destination event with a flat … MORE

    2024 was an off year after losing long time race director. I am hopeful mistakes will be corrected and this will continue to be a destination event with a flat course and tons of support along the way!

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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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    colsberg2013 Jun 22, 2024 at 10:46am

    I agree. The whole thing was a disaster. Events should have stayed on the days they had been on. Just amounts to a lazy director and his minions

    I agree. The whole thing was a disaster. Events should have stayed on the days they had been on. Just amounts to a lazy director and his minions

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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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