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 Sunday, May 13, 2018 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 17th and 18th.

Is there a capactiy 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 a marathon, 4 person marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K and Youth  Run.  The Packet Pickup/Expo area opens on Thursday, May 17th at 12:00 Noon and again on Friday, May 18th at 10:00AM.

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 usable a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Do I need to return the chip?

No. We use 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 the course hilly?

No! Fargo is flat, fast, & friendly!

Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are allowed in the Youth Run and the 5K. They are no permitted in the marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, or 10K. 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°F and the average low is 47°F.

Where can I park on race day?

There is excellent parking at the Fargodome and surrounding areas and we also have a shuttle bus service. View a map of where you can catch 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 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 16 minute/mile pace. The half marathon course will be open for 4 hours, equivalent to an 18 minute/mile pace. There will be a support vehicle traveling behind the slowest finishers.

Do I receive a medal?

Yes, all marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 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 swich events or transfer my entry to another participant?

You may switch events for yourself, but transferring your registration to another person is not permitted.

If you wish to transfer to another event, 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 online prior to midnight on May 1, 2018.  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 1st 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 will not appear in the posted results for the event.

Participants will only receive t-shirts and medals that correspond to the event represented on their packed or bib number regardless of which event they actually run. For instance, 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 11:49pm on Sunday, May 13th. Walk-up registration for the Youth Run and 5K will be available at the Health and Fitness Expo on Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th.

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 17th at 12:00pm and again on Friday, May 18th at 10:00pm. Packet pickup closes at 8:00pm both nights.

What do I need to get my packet?

Your name and/or bib number. Bib numbers will be emailed 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 wheelcairs 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.

Is there a place to shower after the race?

Yes, there are showers available for your use inside the Fargodome.  These are located just in the hallway that runs parallel to the finish line chute.  Signs will be set up to help you find them.

How do I get live results?

All of the timing mats will provide live updates on the Fargo Marathon website on race day.

What is the cancellation policy?

The race(s) will only be cancelled due to life threatening conditions (weather, etc.).

Sorry, there are no refunds for cancellations.