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Fargo Marathon

Run fast, run friendly, and run Fargo at this exciting annual Boston Marathon qualifier event.

With a week full of events, the Fargo Marathon will have something for everyone. From the Cyclothon, Furgo Dog Run, Largest Kid’s Race, 5K Walk/Run, 10K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon Relays, there is a distance for all!

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Cyclothon
Furgo Dog Run
Kid’s Race
5k Walk/Run
10k, Half, and Full Marathon
27th Mile Post Race Party

Cyclothon

Monday, May 16, 2022 – 6:30 PM

The Buffalo Wild Wings Fargo Marathon Cyclothon is back for 2022!  

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 16, and start at 6:30 p.m. 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! 

Furgo Dog Run

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 6:30 PM

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 17, at 6:30 p.m. 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!

Kid’s Race

Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 6:30 PM

As we prepare to celebrate 18 years of Rockin’ and Runnin’ in the 2022 Fargo Marathon, Thursday, May 19th, we also celebrate our youth runners who are celebrating 17 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 2022 BNSF Railway Youth Run will feature two different distances: 1/2 mile and 1 mile featuring the thrills and excitement of TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics which 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.

Packet pickup for the youth-run will be held on May 19 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

5k

Friday, May 20, 2022 – 6:30 PM

Join thousands of runners at North Dakota’s largest road race. That’s right, the BNSF Railway Fargo Friday Night 5K on May 20th 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! 

10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon

10K: Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 7:45 AM

The Essentia Health Fargo 10K will be held Saturday, May 21, and start at 7:45 a.m. 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. 

Half Marathon: Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 8:00 AM

Recognized as one of the fastest half marathons in the region, the 2022 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 onto 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! 

Full: Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 7:30 AM

In its 18th year, the 2022 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!

27th Mile Race

The 27th Mile Post Race Party will be an epic blast of music, food, cold beer, and fun!!  Brought to you by our friends at Marsh McLennan Agency, this is the FINAL event of the weekend for everyone to enjoy!

Broadway Square is THE place to be on Fargo Marathon Saturday!  During the race, this will be the home to the Marsh McLennan Aid Station – rockin’ the tunes and helping out the runners with water, Powerade, and fun!! From 8 am – 2 pm, there will be a sign and cheer station partying the whole race!

When the race is over, we want everyone to come back down to Broadway Square (well….maybe go to your hotel and shower first😊) and take in a great post-race party complete with live music from the band Guys and Dahls!  The FIRST 1,000 attendees will receive their official “27th Mile Finisher Medal”!  Re-load with some cold brews and great food in downtown Fargo and celebrate with your co-runners and friends from 4-7 pm!

Discounts for Runners

Several downtown businesses are offering discounts for all runers:

  • Downtown Yoga – free yoga class w/ code. Use discount code “MARATHON” at registration and show your instructor your race bib when you arrive. Must take the class between May 16th and May 31, 2022. Issues registering for a class? shoot us an email (dani@downtownyogafargo.com) and we’ll get you signed up.
  • Fargo Brewing Co – First pint free
  • FM Aerial & Movement Arts
  • Kindred People – 20% off State Pride Apparel
  • Plains Art Museum – Free Gallery Admission
  • Selfie WRLD – 20% off walk-ins for runners AND cheerleaders
  • Third Drop – BOGO 1/2 Off
  • Twenty Below – 1/2 off for runners