The Races

Join us as we commemorate our 19th year of races full of tradition, heart, and good ol’ fashion Fargo fun! We'll be updating this website regularly with new information, so be sure to stay up to date by joining our email list.


Essentia Health Marathon

Saturday, May 6, 2023

In its 19th year, the 2023 Essentia Health Fargo Marathon course is a 26.2-mile party unlike any other. Starting and ending inside the FargoDome, you’ll be treated to over 50 bands and DJs lining the route. Plus, you’ll be welcomed around town by Fargo’s incredible residents who cheer on every runner as they go by throughout the day. You couldn’t ask for better entertainment and support as you complete 26.2 miles. 

When you return to the FargoDome, you’ll receive our VIP treatment via being able to watch yourself cross the finish on the high-definition jumbotron above you while thousands of people in the stadium cheer you on. There’s no better way to finish your race. 

And as always, the Essentia Health Fargo Marathon is a USATF-Certified Course and a Boston Qualifier! 

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2022 course map shown. 2023 map coming soon.


Essentia Health Half Marathon

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Recognized as one of the fastest half marathons in the region, the 2023 Essentia Health Fargo Half Marathon includes the best pieces of Fargo all wrapped up in 13.1 miles! 

The race starts inside the FargoDome and then takes you through tree-lined residential streets and on to the bike path trails along the Red River. The half marathon course continues through historic 8th and 9th Streets before hitting Broadway and the awesome Fargo Theatre! After that, it’s back to the FargoDome for your indoor jumbotron celebrity finish line! 

Very flat! Very fast! Very fun!  

And don’t forget about the DJs and live bands along the way….at least one per mile! 

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2022 course map shown. 2023 map coming soon.

Essentia Health 10K

Saturday, May 6, 2023


The Essentia Health Fargo 10K will be held Saturday, May 6 INSIDE the FargoDome! The route will take you through beautiful North Fargo neighborhoods and then wind back around to make your grand finish inside the FargoDome. 

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2022 course map shown. 2023 map coming soon.

5K

Friday, May 5, 2023

Join thousands of runners at North Dakota’s largest road race. That’s right, the Fargo Friday Night 5K on May 5th is a massive celebration of running and all things Fargo, attracting more runners than any other race in the state!  

With an amazing and electric atmosphere, this is a can’t-miss 5K. The race kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and starts and finishes INSIDE the Fargodome with an epic after-party, so you’ll be rockin’ and runnin’ from the inside out!  

The event is capped at 6,000 runners and will sell out prior to registration closing, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible! 

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2022 course map shown. 2023 map coming soon.

Youth Run

Thursday, May 4, 2023

As we prepare to celebrate 19 years of Rockin’ and Runnin’ in the 2023 Fargo Marathon, Thursday, May 4th, we also celebrate our youth runners who are celebrating 18 years with us! In 2005, about 100 kids lined up at the bike path along the Red River on a Friday night to kick off the very first event of the inaugural Fargo Marathon. Fast forward to our Youth Run in 2016, and we had over 2,800 kids who took part in the Fargo Marathon Youth Run!

The 2023 Youth Run will feature two different distances: 1/2 mile and 1 mile featuring the thrills and excitement of TNT Kid's Fitness & Gymnastics who help prepare the kids with fun music and stretches & warm ups and get them ready to run! The race is open to all children 12 and under. Parents/Guardians are welcome to run alongside their children or push them in a stroller, if necessary. The different age groups will start in waves so congestion is kept to a minimum. Safety is our first priority! All kids will finish inside a secured, fenced-in area.


Cyclothon

Monday, May 1, 2023

The Cyclothon will happen on MONDAY, MAY 1. for both the 15-mile and 26.2-mile.

We know that not everyone likes to run, and there are a lot of folks that like to ride their bike. The Buffalo Wild Wings Fargo Marathon Cyclothon is the perfect way for you to be able to participate in the Fargo Marathon week of festivities, feel the energy of the excitement from all of the participants, and do it while on your bicycle! 

The Cyclothon will happen on MONDAY, MAY 1 for both the 15-mile and 26.2-mile. The races will start and finish at the Buffalo Wild Wings just off of 19th Avenue North in North Fargo. The courses will be a nice loop of North Fargo, Harwood, and Moorhead, circling back to the finish line at BWW. Every finisher will receive an official Fargo Cyclothon shirt and finisher’s medal. 

Make sure to stop at Buffalo Wild Wings just across the street after the race! They will be hosting an ‘after party’! 

SPECIAL NOTES & RULES

  • Lineup will be at BWW in North Fargo
  • This is a Chip Timed Event – you will need to have your Bib/Chip on in order to have your time recorded

There are some Rules for Safety, however, and we want to make sure that all participants have a safe and fun ride! The rules are

    • All riders must wear a helmet when riding.
    • Each participant agrees that they are participating at his own risk and accepts the risks inherent in the sport. These risks include, but are not limited to, sickness, injuries from falls, accidents and risks related to road traffic and weather conditions.
    • It is each rider’s responsibility to ensure that they are physically capable and healthy enough to participate in the event.
    • Participants must be at least 15 years of age by race day (May 1, 2023).
    • Participants must be able to maintain at least 12 mph while on the course. The course will close after 2.5 hours.

26.2 Mile Course Map

2022 course map shown. 2023 map coming soon.

15 Mile Course Map

2022 course map shown. 2023 map coming soon.

Furgo Dog Run

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Have a furry running buddy? Then we have a run/walk for you, too! 

Introduced at the 2016 Fargo Marathon event, the NutriSource FurGo Dog Run, sponsored by NutriSource, was an instant success with dogs and dog owners, alike! Over 400 participants took on the 1.5-mile course with a canine and loved it! 

Join us on Tuesday, May 2 as we shoot for 500 participants (that will be something to bark about!). Complete with your doggy goody bag, finisher’s shirt, finisher’s medal, and your dog’s very own finisher’s medal, it’s an event you will not want to miss! This race often fills up fast, so be sure to register early! 

SPECIAL NOTES

  • Please bring your Vaccination Requirement Waiver Form signed.
  • The FurGo Dog Run is a ‘time yourself’ event. We will have a clock at the finish line for you.
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our local homeless animal shelters/rescues: Homeward Animal Shelter, Diamond in the Ruff & For Love of Dog Rescue!

RULES

Some simple rules will keep everyone furry happy! Dogs must be:

  • Old enough to be around other dogs and people (at least 6 months of age)
  • Able to walk 2 miles
  • Able to do well on-leash (no retractable leashes allowed) and is not overly aggressive toward other dogs
  • Friendly toward humans and not excessively fearful
  • Able to mix with a big crowd
  • Up to date on vaccinations



Interested in being a vendor at the Furgo Expo? Email us at [email protected] for more information!

Go Far Challenge

Are you someone who really likes a challenge? Then the Bell Bank Go Far Challenge is for you! 

The concept is simple: run or walk the 5K on Friday evening and then run the 10K, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon Saturday morning! 

You’ll receive: the 5K swag item and a finisher’s medal, the swag item and finisher’s medal from your Saturday race, an exclusive Fargo Go Far Challenge bonus item, and all the bragging rights you want! 

This event was introduced in 2010 and was an instant success! Now in our 12th year, it has morphed into something big! We have limited space for 1,500, so if you’re “up to the challenge”, then we advise you to sign up now!

Elite Runner Perks

If you've achieved an exceptionally low finish time at a marathon or half marathon in the past two years, we have a couple of perks for you! The first is a special Elite Runner Corral at the front of the pack to ensure you get a fast start right out of the gate. The second is a fully comped entry to this year's race!

Male Elite Runner Corral Qualifying Times

MARATHON - 2:27
HALF MARATHON - 1:11


Female Elite Runner Corral Qualifying Times

MARATHON - 2:59
HALF MARATHON - 1:25


Both perks have limited availability and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If you qualify as an elite runner, please fill out this form.

Standards for both the marathon and half marathon must have been run within 18 months of the race to qualify. Athletes applying for elite complimentary entry will not be included in the Age Group results or awards. They will be categorized in the overall Elite results only. Applications must be submitted no later than 14 days prior to the event. Late entries will not be accommodated. An elite complimentary entry is non-transferable and only applies to the Half Marathon and Marathon distances. Other distances do not qualify.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

BECOMING A PACER

Have what it takes to be a pacer for the Milwaukee Marathon and want to apply? Click here to submit your application. The submission deadline is November 20, 2018 and selections will be announced on December 1, 2018.

HOW TO FIND PACERS ON RACE DAY

Pace Team Leaders can be found wearing official Milwaukee Marathon “PACER” gear and holding signs indicating their pace. On race day, you can meet Pace Team Leaders in the starting corral prior to the start of the race.

FINDING YOUR PACER

There is no cost or need to pre-register for the pace team, nor is there any obligation to stay with the group you choose. You may surge ahead or drop back as you desire. Running together gives the group a collective energy and enthusiasm that supports and enhances everybody’s race experience.

All of the Pacers are experienced runners and are looking forward to helping pace you towards your race goal.



Marathon Pace Finish Times
3:00:00
3:20:00
3:30:00
3:40:00
4:00:00
4:20:00
4:30:00
4:45:00
5:00:00
5:15:00
5:30:00

Half Marathon Pace Finish Times
1:30:00
1:40:00
1:45:00
1:50:00
1:55:00
2:00:00
2:05:00
2:10:00
2:15:00
2:20:00
2:30:00


For more information about the Pace Team contact Katie at [email protected].

Ready To Run?

Reserve your spot today at the Essentia Health Fargo Marathon!

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