Be sure to read the entire Race Details page in addition to this FAQ to make sure you have all the necessary info about the Sanford Fargo Marathon! We'll be updating this website regularly with new information, so be sure to stay up to date by joining our email list.

The Sanford Health Fargo Marathon holds the safety of our staff, participants, volunteers, and attendees above all else. To ensure our event is as safe as possible, and you are comfortable both on and off the course, we’ll be implementing enhanced safety measures, and will provide a comprehensive list of measures to reference well in advance of event day. Our team continues 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 entry into a virtual race, where we’ll mail your goodie bag right to your door. 
Yes, this course is USATF-certified and a Boston Marathon qualifier.

The full marathon course will be open for 7 hours, equivalent to a 16 minute/mile pace. The half marathon course will be open for 4 hours, equivalent to an 18 minute/mile pace. There will be a support vehicle traveling behind the slowest finishers.

According to weatherspark.com, the average high is generally in the mid-60s Fahrenheit with average lows in the mid-40s Fahrenheit throughout event week.

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To Transfer Your Registration to Another Runner:

  1. The original runner must log into their Enmotive account and scroll down to find their existing race registration under “Current and Upcoming Events.”
  2. Click the blue “Actions” button to the right of the race name, and then “Transfer Registration.”
  3. Enter the new runner’s email address to begin the transfer process.
  4. The new runner will then receive an email from Enmotive with a link to complete the transfer.
  5. After clicking the transfer link in the Enmotive email, scroll down to click the green “Accept transfer” button.
  6. Complete the registration process, and pay the $10 transfer fee. 
  7. Once completed, the new runner will receive an email confirmation, and the original runner will receive an email confirming their registration has been cancelled.

If the transaction is not completed by the new runner within 48 hours of the email sent, the transfer request is cancelled, and the registration will remain in the original runner’s name.

The Fargo Marathon faces both logistical and materials constraints, necessitating the existence of a capacity limit on these events. We have a cap of 2,000 on the full marathon, 6,500 on the half marathon, and 5,000 for the 10K.  The 5K and Youth Runs do not have caps on them.  The caps exist to ensure that all participants receive a safe and enjoyable experience along with the perks promised to them.

No! Fargo is flat, fast, & friendly!

You may wear your headphones, iPods, or MP3 players. However we ask that you keep the volume at a reasonable level for your own safety and out of courtesy for fellow participants. You should still be able to hear participants and volunteers in proximity to you. Be courteous of others!

Unfortunately, we do not give refunds*. However, tickets can be transferred to another runner before online registration closes. Information on how to transfer your ticket can be found on this page under "How can I transfer my registration to another person?"

*Refunds will be offered if the race is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please see "What steps are you taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of participants?" for more details.

Yes, you can change distances online before registration closes. To do so, simply log into your account, here (you may need to reset your password first). Once you’re logged in, you’ll see your upcoming race on the right-hand side of the screen. Click “View registration.” You’ll see your current race distance under “Category.” Just click “Edit,” choose the distance you’d like to switch to. You’ll be prompted to review the rest of your registration, and re-sign the waiver for the new distance. If you’re upgrading from a distance, you’ll be required to pay the difference in price; however we don’t offer refunds for the difference in price when switching to a shorter distance.

Walkers are welcome in all events, but they will need to abide by course closure times.
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The race info packet will be emailed to all participants in the week leading up to the event!
Interested in competing in our Elite Athlete field?  Please click here to download our Elite Athlete application.  Once you’ve completed this application, please email it to [email protected] and we will get back to you ASAP!
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No. We use disposable chips that are attached to your bib. They do not need to be turned in after the race. They should also not be torn off your bib.

Strollers are allowed in the Youth Run and the 5K. They are not permitted in the marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, or 10K. The adult must be a registered runner wearing a bib. The child must stay in the stroller throughout the race.

Push-rims and/or hand crank wheelchairs are allowed. The top 3 male/female wheelchairs are recognized in each event.
Marathon participants must be 18 years old on race day. Half marathon runners must be 16.

Still Have Questions?

The answers to 99.9% of the questions we get asked every day are already on this website, which means you'll find an answer much quicker here than by emailing us and waiting for a response! Of course, if you've read every word on this site and still can't find the answer, shoot us an email and we'll respond as soon as we can!

Race Questions: [email protected]