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Fargo Marathon

Fargo, ND

Race Dates

2017: Saturday, May 20, 2017
2016: Saturday, May 21, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 59°F (15°C)
Average High: 72°F (22°C)
Average Low: 47° F (8°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.70
Course Score: 99.70

Race Size

2016: 1,494 Finishers
2015: 1,535 Finishers
2014: 1,655 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 7.6%
2015: 13.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Fargo Marathon course is extremely flat and fast, but also has lots of turns which may slow runners a bit.

Marathon Rankings

The Fargo Marathon was the 59th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 59th largest in 2015.

Last year 7.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Fargo Marathon the 304th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 106th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.70 ranks it as the 59th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in North Dakota.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Fargo Marathon a PR Score of 99.70. This PR Score ranks it as the 42nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in North Dakota.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 905 feet (275m)
Min Elevation: 888 feet (270m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Fargo Marathon

4.5 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2013 Fargo Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


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.

Race Tips

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.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

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.

review of 2012 Fargo Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


The best community support - lots of bands/music - and Great Indoor start and finish!

Race Tips

Flat - fast course! Very convenient - easy parking and easy to navigate to the start/finish.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Use the website to look for hotels and what to do in Fargo. They have a lodging tab that gives you tons of options!

Finish Time Equivalent

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