Marathon participants should enter only if they are confident that they can finish the course in seven hours or less (an approximately 16-minute per mile pace). Traffic control and health and safety volunteers, and race officials, will start to vacate the course as the last runner passes by or seven hours after the start, whichever comes first. Anyone who continues to run on the course after race officials have vacated the course will be doing so at his/her own risk.
Unofficial wheeled vehicles (strollers, bikes, baby joggers, skates, skate boards, roller blades, etc...) are not permitted on the course. Pets are also banned from the course.
Outside of the Sanford Pace Team, pacers are not allowed on the course. Any runner who receives assistance from a pacer (either on foot or on bicycle) risks being disqualified by the Race Director.
Only validly entered runners may participate. No one under the age of 18 on race day will be allowed to compete in the Marathon, and no one under the age of 14 on race day will be allowed to compete in the Half Marathon.
The race will be staffed and videotaped at several checkpoints to ensure competitors who cross the finish line have done so after completing the entire course.
Please make sure your race number is pinned to the FRONT of your shirt/singlet. Please do not attempt to cross the finish line without a race number clearly visible to finish line personnel.
Sag wagons will patrol the course and offer rides to competitors who choose not to continue. Your race bib number will be recorded upon boarding. Any competitor who boards a sag wagon will not be allowed to rejoin the race.
Any competitor who receives prize money may be required to provide a Social Security Number to Marathon officials.
In accordance with USATF Rules and regulations, college-eligible athletes are not eligible to receive athletic funds (prize money). The names and addresses of all athletes and the amount of athletic funds paid to any individual who competes in the Fargo Marathon events will be submitted to the USATF.
Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USATF Regulation 10 and/or IAAF Rule 55. Athletes found positive for a banned substance, or who refuse to be tested, will be disqualified from this event and will lose eligibility for future competitions. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications may contain banned substances. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USOC hot line at 800-233-0393.
CANCELLATIONS / POSTPONEMENTS
The Race Director reserves the right to cancel or modify the Marathon in consideration of extremely adverse weather conditions, or other health or safety factors, that pose an imminent threat to competitors or volunteers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, entrants who have picked up their race number will be mailed a coupon for partial credit towards next year’s entry fee.
The Race Director reserves the right to disqualify any individual who does not comply with these rules.