The Races

Join us as we commemorate our 17th year of races full of tradition, heart, and good ol’ fashion Fargo fun! We'll be updating this website regularly with new information, so be sure to stay up to date by joining our email list.


Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 7:30 AM

In its 17th year, the 2021 Sanford Fargo Marathon course is going to be something special! The country's most comfortable Starting and Finishing Line happens at the Sanford Fargo Marathon when you start and finish INSIDE the awesome Fargodome! Watch yourself on the jumbo high def video screens as you raise your arms in triumph and cross that finish line with thousands of fans cheering you on! Starting at 7:30 AM, the marathoners will take off and first get into the quiet, tree-lined streets of north Fargo.

Over 50 bands and DJ’s that will line the course! Expect tons of fun and entertainment to keep you going through those 26.2 miles!

Finish inside the Fargodome with a huge jumbotron and thousands of screaming fans! No better way to complete your marathon than by being inside the dome!

As always, the Sanford Fargo Marathon is a USATF Certified Course – and is a Boston Qualifier!

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Half Marathon

Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 8:00 AM

Recognized as one of the fastest half marathons in the region, the 2021 Sanford 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 on to the bike path trails along the Red River. The half marathon course continues through historic 8th and 9th Streets before you hit 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!

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Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 7:45 AM

The Sanford Fargo 10K will be on Saturday, September 25th and start at 7:45 AM INSIDE the Fargodome! The route will take you through some beautiful North Fargo neighborhoods and will wind back around to make your grand finish inside the Fargodome.

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Friday, September 24, 2021 - 6:30 PM

Get ready to join thousands of runners at North Dakota’s LARGEST road race. That’s right, the Sanford Fargo Friday Night 5K on September 24th is a massive celebration of running and all things Fargo, and attracts 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 PM 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!

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Youth Run

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:30 PM

As we prepare to celebrate 17 years of Rockin’ and Runnin’ in the 2021 Sanford Fargo Marathon, Thursday, September 23rd, we also celebrate our youth runners who are also celebrating 16 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 2021 Youth Run will feature two different distances of 1/2 mile and 1 mile featuring the thrills and excitement of TNT Fitness – who help prepare the kids with fun music and stretches & warm ups – and get them all 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 and 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 September 23 from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

4-Person Relay

Saturday, September 25, 2021

We’ve teamed up with UPS so that you can team up with three of your friends, relatives, or co-workers to tackle the Sanford Fargo Marathon together! 26.2 miles divided by 4 runners equals all of the fun and only one-quarter of the work!

Divisions include Male, Female, & Mixed.

Furgo Dog Run

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 6:30 PM

Have a furry running buddy? Then we have a run/walk for you!

Introduced as a new Sanford Fargo Marathon event in 2016, the 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 everyone loved it!

Join us on Tuesday, September 21st at 6:30 PM 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, you will not want to miss this! We expect this to fill up, so register early!


  • Packet pickup will be at the Fargodome on the South side on Tuesday, September 21st from 12:00 PM until 5:30 PM.
  • Please bring your Vaccination Requirement Waiver Form signed.
  • The FurGo Dog Run is a ‘time yourself’ event. We will have a clock at the finish line for you.
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our local homeless animal shelters/rescues: Homeward Animal Shelter, Diamond in the Ruff & For Love of Dog Rescue!


Some simple rules will keep everyone furry happy! Dogs must be:

  • Old enough to be around other dogs and people (at least 6 months of age)
  • Able to walk 2 miles
  • Able to do well on-leash (no retractable leashes allowed) and is not overly aggressive toward other dogs
  • Friendly toward humans and not excessively fearful
  • Able to mix with a big crowd
  • Up to date on vaccinations

Interested in being a vendor at the Furgo Expo? Click here to register as a vendor.


Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 8:00 AM

The Fargo Marathon Cyclothon is back for 2021! This year, we’re moving it to SATURDAY MORNING – ONE WEEK BEFORE THE FARGO MARATHON! 

We know that not everyone likes to run, but there are a lot of folks that like to ride their bike. The 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 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, and start at 8:00 AM for the 15 mile and 8:30 AM for the 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’!


  • Packet Pickup will be at BWW in North Fargo on Friday, September 17th from noon until 5:30 PM.
  • Lineup will be at BWW in North Fargo
  • This is a Chip Timed Event – you will need to have your Bib/Chip on in order to have your time recorded

There are some Rules for Safety, however, and we want to make sure that all participants have a safe and fun ride!

    • Each participant agrees that they are participating at his own risk and accepts the risks inherent in the sport. These risks include, but are not limited to, sickness, injuries from falls, accidents and risks related to road traffic and weather conditions.
    • It is each rider’s responsibility to ensure that they are physically capable and healthy enough to participate in the event.
    • Participants must be at least 15 years of age by race day (September 18, 2021).
    • Participants must be able to maintain at least 12 mph while on the course. The course will close after 2.5 hours.

Go Far Challenge

Are you one who really likes a challenge? Then the Bell Bank Go Far Challenge is for you!

The concept is simple: run or walk the 5K on Friday evening and then run the 10K, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon Saturday morning!

You’ll receive: 5K shirt and finisher’s medal, shirt and finisher’s medal from your Saturday race, Go Far Challenge medal, and all the bragging rights your want!

This event was introduced in 2010 and was an instant success! In our 11th year now, it has morphed into something big! We have limited space for 1,500, so if you’re “up to the challenge”, then we advise you to sign up now!

Elite Runner Perks

If you've achieved an exceptionally low finish time at a marathon or half marathon in the past two years, we have a couple of perks for you! The first is a special Elite Runner Corral at the front of the pack to ensure you get a fast start right out of the gate. The second is a fully comped entry to this year's race!

Male Elite Runner Corral Qualifying Times


Female Elite Runner Corral Qualifying Times


Both perks have limited availability and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If you qualify as an elite runner, please fill out this form.

Standards for both the marathon and half marathon must have been run within 18 months of the race to qualify. Athletes applying for elite complimentary entry will not be included in the Age Group results or awards. They will be categorized in the overall Elite results only. Applications must be submitted no later than 14 days prior to the event. Late entries will not be accommodated. An elite complimentary entry is non-transferable and only applies to the Half Marathon and Marathon distances. Other distances do not qualify.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].


Have what it takes to be a pacer for the Milwaukee Marathon and want to apply? Click here to submit your application. The submission deadline is November 20, 2018 and selections will be announced on December 1, 2018.


Pace Team Leaders can be found wearing official Milwaukee Marathon “PACER” gear and holding signs indicating their pace. On race day, you can meet Pace Team Leaders in the starting corral prior to the start of the race.


There is no cost or need to pre-register for the pace team, nor is there any obligation to stay with the group you choose. You may surge ahead or drop back as you desire. Running together gives the group a collective energy and enthusiasm that supports and enhances everybody’s race experience.

All of the Pacers are experienced runners and are looking forward to helping pace you towards your race goal.

Marathon Pace Finish Times

Half Marathon Pace Finish Times

For more information about the Pace Team contact Katie at [email protected].

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