Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I register?

You can register online at our secure site. Click on the Registration tab and follow the directions. Remember – there are not refunds, cancellations, or deferrals to future years. Online registration will close on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 11:59PM. Registration for the Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, and 10K will close when each of those events reach their 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 7th and 8th.

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 a full marathon, half marathon, 4 person marathon relay, 2 person marathon relay, 10K, 5K, Youth Run, Cyclothon, and Dog Run, as well as a few Go Far Challenges combining two of the previously stated races.

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 not 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, 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.

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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 switch events or transfer my entry to another participant?

You may switch events for yourself, and transferring your registration to another person is permitted.

If you wish to transfer to another event, please note that there is a $10.00 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 1st. 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 in the half marathon.

Switching events or transferring entries is not permitted at the Expo. These changes must be made by August 21st 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 11:59PM on Sunday, August 23rd. Walk-up registration for the Youth Run and 5K will be available at the Health and Fitness Expo on Thursday, May 7th and Friday, May 8th.

Once the shirts, medals, and bibs have been exhausted, walk-in registration will be closed.

Where do I get my race packet?

Details will be posted at a later date.

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 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.

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.).

No refunds under any circumstances, including event cancellation or postponement. We spend all the money we receive from runners on preparing for each event in advance, from buying all the shirts and medals to paying for business operations, including our employees’ salaries. This means that if an event is canceled or postponed because of weather, pandemics, or other forces beyond our control, we won’t be able to provide refunds. In these rare situations, we’ll convert the race to a virtual one and mail you your full race goodie bag.