A quick guide to the Fargo Marathon

The Fargo Marathon is one of the largest events in Fargo every year, bringing in an average of 22,000 people, both runners, and non-runners.

While times are still uncertain, the Fargo Marathon is back and will take place this fall. This week-long celebration of running from September 20-25 has an event for everyone, from the Friday Night 5K, to the Marathon, and everything in between (including a Youth Run)!

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Wondering which hotels have rooms available during marathon week? Check out our full list of hotels.

Amenities at some hotels might be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, check with the individual hotels for information on what they have in place.


Plan to do a little carb loading before the big race? Several restaurants have pasta options on their menus:

For a full list of local Fargo restaurants, check out our uniquely local dining page.


Please note that all races will now start outside of the FARGODOME, not inside like in past years. To see the map of each route, click the links below:


There will be parking at the FARGODOME throughout the entire week of events.


If you don’t want to deal with the traffic up by the FARGODOME, shuttles will be running on Saturday from 5 a.m. – 7 a.m. and back to the designated locations from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Shuttle Locations:


The Fargo Marathon is sanctioned by USA Track and Field which makes it a Boston Marathon qualifier! Since the course here is extremely flat and fast, it’s been preferred by runners as one of the best courses to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Another original fact about the Fargo Marathon is that even though runners will start and end in North Dakota at the FARGODOME, the Marathon participants will also run into Moorhead; that means that they will be running in both North Dakota AND Minnesota!

Last but not least, The Fargo Marathon will feature over 40 bands or DJs on the course again! There is no need for headphones on this course!


To ensure the marathon is as safe as possible, and you are comfortable both on and off the course, marathon organizers will be implementing enhanced safety measures, and will provide a comprehensive list of measures to reference well in advance of event day.

They continue to work in direct coordination with local public health authorities to meet or exceed all local guidance, rules, and regulations. In the event that we cancel the live event, each registrant will have the option of receiving a refund, deferring fees paid to the next year’s race, or applying the fees to enter into a virtual race, where we’ll mail your goodie bag right to your door. 

For more information, check the Fargo Marathon FAQ/contact page as well as their social media pages.