- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1/Half Marathon
- Road Race
The Wonder Woman Half Marathon in Fargo was blazing hot this year and an absolute blast! This was the first year for the Wonder Woman Run Series to come to the northern Midwest and I am SO glad to have them here - it’s just what our area needed!
Race day itself was extremely hot and humid for a typical Fargo, ND day. You just never know what you’re going to get up here - besides wind. Wind is always a guarantee.
First things first, lets start at the beginning:
Registration & Race Swag: I registered online and selected the Kit #1 option (included a tech tank, tote bag, wrist cuffs) along with a Kit Upgrade (official visor, cape socks, tattoos, car magnet). The race offered a t-shirt kit option and youth kit as well. I love my Wonder Woman tank and it’s a nice quality. The cape socks material is very thin but the cape concept is cool! I broke rule #1 of racing (don’t try anything new on race day) and wore the Wonder Woman golden visor. How could I resist?!
Expo: The expo was fairly quiet but presented numerous Wonder Woman background photo opps! The real Wonder Woman wasn’t present at that time but she was on race morning! My sister-in-law and I picked up our numbers and packets which took very little time. The process was very streamlined. The expo included music and a dance floor set up along with assorted Wonder Woman merchandise available for sale and an Orange Theory booth (one of the sponsors).
Course: Overall the course was great to run and it kept things interesting. I ran solo for much of the race and some inclines/declines, running along the river, quiet trails and then some residential and city running made for a nice change of scenery. I did have trouble with seeing the course markers at two locations. I’m not sure if it was just the size or infrequency of the direction arrows or what it was. There was one turn around the mile 3-5 area where I just had to guess and hope it was right. This wouldn’t have been an issue if other runners had been around - I was just in a gap between the #1 girl and #3 runner and there were no spectators at that point. It made me a little anxious but I ended up going the correct direction!
Aid Stations: The aid stations were fine though on this unusually hot day more is always better. Both Gatorade and water were offered. .
Awards: The Wonder Woman finisher’s medals are AWESOME! They are pretty big, nice quality and the center spins. So fun :) One huge perk of this race is that your race pictures are FREE and they are super nice quality. I love that you can choose to have your finishing time on the pictures even.
Post-Race Refreshments: The finisher’s table included M&M’s in a cup, cookies, tortilla chips, mini protein bars, bananas, water bottles and likely a few more things that I had missed.
Logistics: Making our way to the Expo and then to the race itself was so easy. The Fargo Marathon that happened in May is known for making the town super congested but the Wonder Woman Run was much more low key. We were able to park downtown and walk to the vehicle afterwards. Of course, that was after fully enjoying the Finisher’s party with LIVE MUSIC and fun pictures with Wonder Woman.
For more race day details and photos, check out my blog post: