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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, May 19, 2018
2017: Saturday, May 20, 2017

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

2017: 1,303 Finishers
2016: 1,494 Finishers
2015: 1,535 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 14.7%
2016: 7.6%

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 64th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 60th largest in 2016.

Last year 14.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Fargo Marathon the 111th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 297th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.70 ranks it as the 62nd 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 45th 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)


Recent Fargo Marathon Reviews

4.8 Stars from 5 Reviews
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review of 2017 Fargo Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

Race Tips

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.

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

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.

review of 2017 Fargo Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

Race Tips

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.

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

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.

review of 2017 Fargo Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


The race was well organized and a great course. Enjoyed it immensely. It is my current PR! Scenery was great. Really enjoyed starting and ending in the Fargo dome.

Race Tips

Enjoyed crossing over into Minnesota and back. The elevation effected me some being from Florida's sea level. The end was a bit hillier than expected but not bad.

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

Since the half marathoners start after the full marathoners parking wasn't bad at all.

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!

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