Latest reviews by Amy Will

(2011)
"Amazing Race Atmosphere, Great Opportunity for the BQ"
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This was my first road full marathon experience and one of my best marathon memories! Fargo Marathon isn't just a race - the entire weekend is an experience.

Expo: Just plain awesome and very busy. The Fargo Marathon race expo has been full of great vendors, fun freebies and tons of people each time we have attended.

Race Swag: The full marathon runners received a zip-up technical shirt along with a Fargo Marathon drawstring backpack. The medals are solid, high quality. They have well-designed medals every year that I have seen them!

Course: This course helped me to run a BQ before I knew what a "BQ" was! For my first road marathon, the Fargo Marathon course was a great road to run. Fargo is flat but usually WINDY. The weather in May is unpredictable, but that's northern North Dakota/Minnesota for ya! In 2011, the race day temperature was cool but it was perfect running weather - and plenty windy, of course.

The course is mostly residential and not overly scenic BUT the music and cheering fans totally made up for it. Throughout the race, I don't remember running a stretch that wasn't lined with people watching!

Aid Stations: Great aid stations with water and sports drinks available. GUs were offered at specific aid stations.

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(2010)
"Scenic Trail Marathon through the Chippewa National Forest"
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The Walker North Country Marathon was my first marathon experience and quite an experience it was for a first-time marathoner! The race was fairly new in 2010 and I'm sure it has changed a lot over the last 6 years. Keep that in mind as you read my review!

Expo: There wasn't really an expo with the race that year. We picked up my number, t-shirt and visited with some of the other runners.

Race Swag: Upon picking up our race numbers, we received a grey long-sleeve shirt. The medal wasn't super fancy that year, but it has so much meaning being my first marathon!

Course: The course was a mix of grass trails, paved trails and gravel roads. This was my first taste of trail running, too, and it was a great experience. There was only one "iffy" area where the trail wasn't clearly marked, but thankfully the other runners and I chose the right way and made it to the finish! The race has a downhill start and required more running uphill in the end. The weather was beautiful in 2010 and it would be a great race to take in the Fall leaves changing color.

Aid Stations: Water available and possibly sports drinks, too. I can't remember what they had available back when I ran it, but I do know I didn't carry any water and survived somehow.

I finished in 4:07:45 with dead legs and a smile on my face! This was the race that started my love for the marathon and it was a great starter trail marathon. I would love to go back again some day.
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