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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.
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.