The 2018 Fargo Marathon is proud to announce the availability of pace groups to all runners to help you reach your goals on race day! The Bobcat Pace Team will be at our race to help you run your best.
A pacer is the runner in the group who carries a sign and leads the group to the finish line in a specific time goal. The pacer will run even splits and cheer on the group along the way.
We will be offering pace groups for the following time goals for the full marathon: 3:15, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4hrs, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 5hrs, 5:30 and 6hrs.
We will be offering the following time goals for the half marathon too: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2hr, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45 and 3:00. Please check at the pacers table during expo hours for more pace groups that may be added to this list.
Feel free to stop by the pacers table at the packet pickup time and sign up for free. The pacers will be handing out cool pace bands to all runners.
Beginning 30 minutes before the race, the Fargo Running Company Pace Team will all be lined up at the starting line according to pace. Feel free to join a pace group at the starting line and have a fun race with the group!
No, feel free to use the pacer as a guide to how your race is going. If at any time you feel the pace is too fast you can always slow down on your own. Also, if you feel strong towards the end of the race, feel free to pick up the pace and beat your goal. The pacers are there to help you beat your goal.
Most of the pacers will simply slow down for the group to all get some fluids. The slower pace groups may walk thru the aid stations. The pacers will make all last minute instructions on there group at the starting line.
The Fargo Running Company Pace Team is comprised of local and regional talented runners who have been carefully chosen based on their recent success in marathons.
Celebrate! Please take the time to thank the race volunteers and also let your pace leader know that you appreciate their hard efforts to make it a fun race. These pacers bring a lot of energy and excitement to this race.