This was my first marathon and BQ after 20 years of shorter distances, and it was excellent. Extremely well run and organized. Starting and finishing indoors was unique and set a gold standard. The course is a bit twisty, but excellent, with good scenery, and race support.
About as flat as you could expect, except for the short but steep underpass around mile 24/25. Coming into the finish you get a nice gentle downhill heading into the dome.
The breweries in town are excellent, and everyone is extremely supportive of race participants. Plenty of parking an hour before race time right at the FargoDome. Bathrooms and showers inside the Dome are all open as well.
By JE about 2017
This race was excellent. The organization, spectators, and scenery were all phenomenal. The indoor start and finish were well received, but get ready to walk those stairs to get off the stadium floor.
The course was pancake flat. There were a lot of turns, so practice running the tangents and 180 turns. I would suggest even pacing. Your wont have to save for any last minute hills. This year's weather was perfect. High 40's with cloud cover and no wind.
Parking is a breeze and there were plenty of restaurant options. The town of Fargo was very accommodating. I stayed in West Fargo, which looked to be newly developed. Check out the Main Street for food and entertainment after. Plenty of choices.
By EMR about 2013
Very fun, organized marathon. Uses the Fargodome as the race hub which gives runners real bathrooms and a nice area for warm-up and post-race. Some traffic issues getting to expo on Friday afternoon (a big 5K is run then) and race morning too. Good fan support and lot's of music on the course. City really embraces the race. Best shirt ever, excellent bag and medal. Not scenic at all but pleasant course.
A very flat course but there are a lot of turns and one crowded out and back on a bike path from mile 10-13. Still w/ cool temps a PR could easily be run here. Plenty of aid stops and all except the first with poweraid. Rather than group potties at the aid stations they spread out single ones along the course. This seemed to work great. I never saw long lines and if you needed one you never had more than a half a mile or so before you saw one. I've never seen this set up before but it really seemed to work well.
I stayed @ Holiday Inn a few miles from Fargodome. They were prepared for the runners. There are shuttles on race morning which I didn't use but perhaps should've with all the traffic getting to Fargodome even @ 5:45. There's a Half and 10K that start before the marathon which causes the traffic issues I guess.
By SK about 2012
The best community support - lots of bands/music - and Great Indoor start and finish!
Flat - fast course! Very convenient - easy parking and easy to navigate to the start/finish.