Friday, December 23, 2016

Fargo Marathon and Half Marathon

Fargo Marathon and Half Marathon - May 20

Cost: The marathon is $85 before Dec. 31, and raises increments up to $100 by May 16. The half marathon is $65 by Dec. 31, and raises in increments up to $80 by May 16. 

Gear and food: I've been happy with the shirts for this race, and the finish line food has been good both years I've done the races.

Weather: In the two years I've done these races, the weather has been almost opposite. In 2015 the weather was almost perfect--cool at the start and throughout the race and overcast. In 2016 it was warm--not too bad for the half marathon, but tough conditions for those running the full marathon. Wind can be a factor in this one, but it wasn't in the last two years.

Course: One of my favorite parts of this race is that it starts and finishes in the Fargo Dome. This means you are warm at the start and don't need throwaway clothes. The course itself is nice and flat and goes through several college campuses and gives decent views of the area.

Crowd support: Though it's nothing like bigger city marathons, there's still decent crowd support. There are also quite a few bands along the course which is nice. If you have your own spectators it's pretty easy for them to see you along the course.

Of the dozen plus marathons I've run, the Fargo Marathon and Half Marathon is one was one of my favorites. There are a lot of big positives to this race, so if you're considering a spring marathon, the Fargo Marathon is a good one. There is also a half marathon distance. All in all this is a great race and I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for a spring marathon.

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