Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
4.9
(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.8
SCENERY
4.9
PRODUCTION
4.9
SWAG
4
We are the premier TRAIL RUNNING experience in the ND Badlands. Our trail run offers something for runners of all levels, from first-timers to the seasoned ultra runners. EVERY race distance is on the world-famous Maah Daah Hey Trail giving you some of the most stunning scenerey you will see … MORE
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    After arriving into Denver Colorado from Houston Texas to connect to a United Airlines flight, which was the only airlines to fly into the airport in North Dakota unfortunately for … MORE

    After arriving into Denver Colorado from Houston Texas to connect to a United Airlines flight, which was the only airlines to fly into the airport in North Dakota unfortunately for me, I had a brief hour or so to grab something to eat before the flight. However, the over priced nachos wouldn’t be my only disappointment.

    Upon finishing something resembling heated chip and a melted mangle cheese like substance, I headed to the waiting area for my flight. Once there, the gate agent informed United passengers that the plane which was scheduled to be there was actually in Sioux Falls, and that we not only didn’t have a plane but also there was no crew or pilots. Why no one from United Airlines noticed this minor detail earlier during the day, he said that he had no idea.

    Well, great thing I’m called according to God’s purposes and love the LORD, because this was used to work on my unserved customer response skills to becoming more Christ-like. I passed with a flying color (red) and prayed thanking my Heavenly Father that He knows best and is ordering my steps.

    Therefore, as much as I dislike that I missed this awesome trail run, I’m glad that I’ll run Fargo Marathon this September as my Airforce Marathon in Dayton Ohio has gone virtual.

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    bioprofsd Aug 24, 2021 at 4:42pm

    You'll love the Fargo Marathon. It's one of the best in the midwest....if it isn't too hot or if it doesn't snow.

    You'll love the Fargo Marathon. It's one of the best in the midwest....if it isn't too hot or if it doesn't snow.

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    runningservant Aug 24, 2021 at 10:00pm

    Thanks 😊

    Thanks 😊

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    marshall2021 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The MDH Ultra distance options can sound pretty daunting- not many people register, and even fewer finish. The course isn't super technical (coming from someone used to Appalachian humidity, rocks, … MORE

    The MDH Ultra distance options can sound pretty daunting- not many people register, and even fewer finish. The course isn’t super technical (coming from someone used to Appalachian humidity, rocks, and roots) but it is relentless. It’s hot, dry, barren, and the aid stations are few and far between (25-29 miles apart) so you will have to have a crew supporting you at the additional checkpoints (there are 9 check points) so be prepared to wrangle up some friends and family. You have to bring your mental game and be prepared for some long hours alone in the middle of nowhere. You’ll need a solid hydration and fueling plan, otherwise things could go downhill quickly out there. The course is well marked and easy to follow, even in the night hours because the trail markers are reflective. The RD and volunteers really care about this race and trim, mow, and make sure the entire 106 mile stretch is cleared and easy to follow.

    The shirt and medal are nice, but that’s not really what ultra running is about. I came for the experience and absolutely enjoyed every painful minute. The Maah Daah Hey Trail is pretty special and I’d recommend any of the distances.

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    MarathonMary FIRST-TIMER '20

    Truly trail heaven! This is not an easy race, but totally worth it for the spectacular views! This is a race for those who love to just run...no spectators, no … MORE

    Truly trail heaven! This is not an easy race, but totally worth it for the spectacular views! This is a race for those who love to just run…no spectators, no music, just run! Plus you get to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park! The town of Medora is really cute too! It was a perfect pick for my North Dakota state and I hope others give it a try.

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    The race was rolling hills mostly on single track clay with 3 small stream/mud crossings, first and last mile are paved roads/trails. The web site for the race has almost … MORE

    The race was rolling hills mostly on single track clay with 3 small stream/mud crossings, first and last mile are paved roads/trails. The web site for the race has almost all you need to know. I only got one email from the race director 3 days before the race. The race went off smooth and i had no issues. Shirt and metal were nice.

    Race begins a little late 8am, sun is up at 5:30am and you have to wait for over an hour at the start line after they drop you off; which is at a campground, with a good amount of pit toilets, a pavilion, and a drinking water spigot.

    Bring your own hydration pack or bottle, water stations were at mile 5 and 10 and there are no human spectators to cheer you on, cows and horses tho! Pay attention and ask questions on how to open the numerous cattle gates you must pass through.. I assumed i knew…took about 30 seconds at the first one. Race is also a little longer than a half marathon (14M).

    I stayed in Medora, and walked to the shuttle (less than a mile). I highly recommend staying there, great history, places to stay and restaurant choices, not to mention the entrance to Roosevelt National Park!

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 27, 2020 at 7:16pm

    Well done Chris, gotta feel good to get back out on the trails! 👏 And thanks for the thoughtful review, love being able to live vicariously through you right now.… MORE

    Well done Chris, gotta feel good to get back out on the trails! 👏 And thanks for the thoughtful review, love being able to live vicariously through you right now. Congrats on coloring in ND on your 50 States Map, and fingers crossed Mesa Falls stays on the calendar for you next month. Keep running strong! LESS

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    kloskyj FIRST-TIMER '20

    Great organization, RD very responsive, course is hilly, hot, and beautiful. No PRs and only 2 aid stations, so prepare. A couple water crossings, but overall not very technical single … MORE

    Great organization, RD very responsive, course is hilly, hot, and beautiful. No PRs and only 2 aid stations, so prepare. A couple water crossings, but overall not very technical single track trail that will greatly challenge you. It is closer to 27 miles, but makes the finish even better. Enjoy!

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 27, 2020 at 7:16pm

    Congrats on a triumphant return to racing, Jeffrey! MDH sounds like a solid choice for trail newbies and veterans alike, wish I could have joined you. Though given your headline… MORE

    Congrats on a triumphant return to racing, Jeffrey! MDH sounds like a solid choice for trail newbies and veterans alike, wish I could have joined you. Though given your headline I've gotta ask... what was the hardest marathon on your résumé? XTERRA, I presume? Thanks for your review, and here's hoping Coeur d'Alene stays on the calendar for you next month! LESS

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    kloskyj Jul 27, 2020 at 7:56pm

    Man, I feel a little stalked ;) Yes sir, the Xterra run in Colorado Springs had more vertical, roots, rocks, and tripping hazards. It was very challenging. Maah Daah Hey… MORE

    Man, I feel a little stalked ;) Yes sir, the Xterra run in Colorado Springs had more vertical, roots, rocks, and tripping hazards. It was very challenging. Maah Daah Hey would definitely be a recommendation for anyone who likes to be challenged...and if you're running marathons...CDA posted their statis as "yellow," but fingers crossed. I friend who lives nearby is running it with me as his 1st marathon ever, so I'm hoping he gets to do it. LESS

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 27, 2020 at 8:53pm

    Ha! Yes indeed, you piqued my curiosity so I had to check out your Staging Area page — I'm definitely a glutton for punishment, and especially when there's scenery involved.… MORE

    Ha! Yes indeed, you piqued my curiosity so I had to check out your Staging Area page — I'm definitely a glutton for punishment, and especially when there's scenery involved. I've been eyeing Coeur d'Alene also (and Mesa Falls the day before), though not sure I'd be able to make either this year. But I'm keeping my eyes and options open, and hopefully something works out before my body forgets what 26.2 miles feels like. LESS

    tcgrif FIRST-TIMER '20

    Thoroughly enjoyed this race. A smaller well organized trail race. Not very technical trail but I would still wear trail shoes. Make sure you carry enough water as the only … MORE

    Thoroughly enjoyed this race. A smaller well organized trail race. Not very technical trail but I would still wear trail shoes. Make sure you carry enough water as the only support is a at mile 9 and 19. Shuttle to the start is smooth and plenty of time to relax before the start. The race is point to point.

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    misslilly FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first half marathon race I’d ever participated in and it was stellar. The trail was beautiful and marked well, so I was able to just run and … MORE

    This was my first half marathon race I’d ever participated in and it was stellar. The trail was beautiful and marked well, so I was able to just run and enjoy the scenery. It was surprisingly green for the end of July with wildflowers still blooming and lots of butterflies. The trail isn’t too technical, although there is a lot of going up and down hills and there isn’t any shade so it does get hot, but it is definitely worth running! The people at the aid stations were great, cheering the runners on, and the orange slices were just what I needed to give me energy to finish strong. I ran with my sister and we both are planning to do it again, hopefully getting other family members to run it too. Thank you Maah Daah Hey for a great first half marathon experience!

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    4
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    tnorgard REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The trail winds next to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the badlands of ND. Amazing scenery! Challenging race. The Trail is regularly identified as one of the best mountain … MORE

    The trail winds next to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the badlands of ND. Amazing scenery! Challenging race. The Trail is regularly identified as one of the best mountain biking trails, it is near rock climbing — and ends in Medora, a historic old west touristy town with a ton of activities for all ages.
    This is a perfect destination race!

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