The Fargo Marathon

Week of May 15-20, 2017

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True Boston Qualifier!


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Frequently Asked Questions



Got a question?  Get it answered!  Here are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)!

How do I register?

You can register online at our secure site. Click on the Registration tab and follow the directions. Remember – there are no refunds, cancellations, or deferrals to future years . Online registration will close on May 14, 2017 at 11:59PM. Registration for the marathon, marathon relay, half marathon and 10K will close when each of those events reach capacity (see below). On race weekend, you may still register for the Youth Run and Friday Night 5K at the Health Expo happening on May 18th and 19th.

Is there a capacity limit (cap) on the distance events?

The Fargo Marathon faces both logistical and materials constraints, necessitating the existence of a capacity limit on these events. We have a cap of 2,000 on the full marathon, 6,500 on the half marathon, and 5,000 for the 10K. The 5K and Youth Runs do not have caps on them. The caps exist to ensure that all participants receive a safe and enjoyable experience along with the perks promised to them.

What events do you offer?

We offer the Cyclothon on Monday night, and the Furgo Dog Run on Tuesday night.  For Running/Walking events, we offer a marathon, 4 person marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K and Youth Run. The Packet Pickup/Expo area opens on Thursday, May 18th at 12:00 Noon and again on Friday, May 19th at 10:00AM for the Running/Walking events.  Please visit the CYCLOTHON and FURGO DOG RUN pages for their respective Packet Pickup specifics.

Are headphones, iPods or MP3 players permitted?

You may wear your headphones, iPods or MP3 players, however, we ask that you keep the volume AT A REASONABLE LEVEL for your own safety and out of courtesy for fellow participants. You should still be able to hear participants and volunteers in proximity to you. BE COURTEOUS OF OTHERS!

Is this a Boston Marathon qualifier?

Yes, the event will be sanctioned by USA Track & Field and the course will be certified, which makes it useable as a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Do I need to return the chip?

No. We are using disposable chips that are attached to your bib. They DO NOT need to be turned in after the race. They should also not be torn off your bib.

Is there a place to shower after the race?

Yes! The lower level of the Fargodome will have men’s and women’s locker rooms complete with shower facilities that all runners are welcome to use. The signs for the showers will be located near the UPS Bag Drop Tables and the showers are just down the hall from there.

Is the course hilly?


Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are allowed in the Youth Run and the 5K. They are not permitted in the marathon, half marathon, 10K or marathon relay. The adult must be a registered runner wearing a bib. The child must stay in the stroller throughout the race.

What is the temperature in Fargo that time of year?

According to, the average high is 69 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 47 degrees Fahrenheit.

Where can I park on race day?

There is excellent parking at the Fargodome and surrounding areas, but we have also had great success with our shuttle bus services. Click HERE to see a map of where you can jump on a shuttle bus to avoid some congestion and get to the Fargodome on race morning.

What is the sport drink?

Powerade (Mountain Berry Blast) is the official sports drink of the marathon.

Will there be energy gel on the course?

Yes. GU will be available at mile 7 on the half marathon course, and at miles 6 & 20 on the full marathon course.

How far apart are the water stations?

Water stations are located at approximately every 2 miles on the course.

How long will the course be open?
The full marathon course will be open for 7 HOURS, equivalent to a sixteen minute per mile pace. The half marathon course will be open for 4 HOURS, equivalent to an eighteen minute per mile pace. There will be a support vehicle traveling behind the slowest finishers.
Do I receive a medal?

Yes, all marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10K, 5K and Youth Run finishers receive a medal as well as all Cyclothon and Furgo Dog Run Finishers. The medal will be different for each event.

Can I switch events or transfer my entry to another participant?

You can switch events on the Transfer Page of this website, but please note that there is a $10 administrative fee for doing so. If you switch to a higher entry fee event, you must pay the $10.00 fee plus the price difference for the new race. All switches must be done prior to midnight on May 7, 2017. You may only switch to a different event IF the event that you want to switch to STILL HAS AVAILABILITY. In other words, if the half marathon is sold out, you may not switch from another event into the half marathon. **SWITCHING EVENTS OR TRANSFERRING ENTRIES IS NOT PERMITTED AT THE EXPO. THESE CHANGES MUST BE MADE BY MAY 7th AT MIDNIGHT.

Can I sign up for the marathon and just run the half marathon course?

Participants are discouraged from running an event other than the one that they are registered for. Those who choose to do so on race day will be able to cross the finish line, collect a finisher medal and enjoy the post-race celebration, but they will not appear in the posted results for the event. *Note: Participants will only receive t-shirts and medals that correspond to the event represented on their packet or bib number regardless of which event they actually run. Example: A registered marathon participant who chooses to run the half marathon on race day will only be able to receive a marathon medal and a marathon t-shirt.

When is the last day to register?

The last day to register online if events are not sold out is 11:59PM on May 14, 2017. Walk-up registration for the Youth Run and 5K Run/Walk will be available at the Health and Fitness Expo on Thursday, May 18th and Friday, May 19th. PLEASE NOTE: ONCE THE SHIRTS, MEDALS AND BIBS HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED, WALK-IN REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE.

Where do I get my race packet?

At the Fargodome! The Packet Pickup/Expo area opens on Thursday, May 18th at 12:00 Noon and again on Friday, May 19th at 10:00AM. Packet pickup closes at 8:00PM both nights.

What do I need to get my packet?

Your name and/or bib number. Bib #s will be e-mailed out to all pre-registered runners approximately one week before the race.

Can someone pick up my packet for me if I am unable to do so?

Yes, they would need your name and/or bib number.

What type of wheelchairs are allowed?

Push-rims and/or hand crank wheelchairs are allowed. The top 3 male/female wheelchairs are recognized in each event.

Are there bathrooms on the course?

Yes. There will be bathrooms available (typically porta-potties) at every water station along the course, or approximately every 2 miles.

How many timing mats are there?

In addition to the start and finish line mats, there will be on-course timing mats at miles 6.2, 13.1 and 20 for the full marathon.

How do I get live results?

We have live runner tracking on the HOME PAGE of the website.  Just click the race and enter the person you would like to track.

What is the cancellation policy?

Sorry, there are no refunds for cancellations.


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West Fargo, ND 58078


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