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Here’s a list of several upcoming races (most within a 2-hour drive of Fargo) in both Minnesota and North Dakota. More links further below to others who list races on their websites.

Thursday, June 22

Brickhouse 5K, West Fargo

MayPort Summerfest 10K, 5K, Mayville

Saturday, June 24

Average Jo Triathlon, Perham

Tuesday, June 27

CCRI Superhero 5K, Moorhead

Saturday, July 1

Ainsley’s Angels 5K, Moorhead

Aftron Trail Run 50K, 25K, Afton

Tuesday, July 4

Firecracker Footrace 5K, Park Rapids

Thrivent Financial 5K, 10K, Bemidji

Walker Waddle ½ marathon, 10K, 5K, Walker (formerly City on the Bay 10K)

Altru Firecracker 10K, 5K, Grand Forks

Veterans 5K, West Fargo

Saturday, July 8

Thompson Trot 5K, Thompson

St. Urho Run, 10K, 5K, Menahga

Thursday, July 13

Junkyard 5K, Moorhead

Arthur 5K, Arthur, N.D.

Brickhouse 5K, Moorhead

Saturday, July 15

Henning 5K, Henning

Saturday, July 22

Battle Lake Wenonga 5K, Battle Lake

Deer Creek Smokin Hot 5K, Deer Creek

Saturday, July 29

Caboose on the Loose 10K, 5K,, Dilworth

Chase the Police Triathlon, Walker

Muskie 5K, Nevis

PRFD 5 Alarm 5K, Park Rapids

YMCA Hoot Lake Triathlon, Fergus Falls

Casselton Summerfest 10K, 5K, Casselton

Saturday, Aug. 5

Walker Bay Days 5K, Walker

Thursday, Aug. 10

4K & 7 Beers Ago, Fergus Falls

Saturday, Aug. 19

Go Far Woman ½ marathon, 10K, 5K, Fargo

Saturday, Sept. 2

Zorbaz Beer Run 2 miles, Detroit Lakes

Saturday, Sept. 9

Dick Beardsly Marathon, ½ marathon, 10K, 5K, Detroit Lakes

Thursday, Sept. 14

Michael Kaspari Run for Recovery 5K, 3K, Fargo

Saturday, Sept. 16

West Fest 5K/10K, West Fargo

Bismarck Marathon, ½ marathon, 10K, Bismarck

North Country Marathon, ½ marathon, 10K, Walker

Saturday, Sept. 23

Wild Hog Marathon, ½ marathon, 10K, Grand Forks

Sunday, Oct. 1

Twin Cities Marathon, 10 Mile, Minneapolis

Friday, Oct. 6

UND Homecoming Green Gallop Glow Run, 5K, Grand Forks

Saturday, Oct. 7

Fargo Defender Dash 8K, Fargo

Saturday, Oct. 14

Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon, 26K, ½ marathon, Bemidji (5K,10K on Oct. 13)

Fargo Mini Marathon ½ marathon, 10K, 5K, Fargo

Sunday, Oct. 22

Mankato Marathon, ½ marathon, 10K, 5K, Mankato

Sunday, Oct. 29

END-TRAILS 10K and 12-hour, Arvilla

Saturday, Nov. 4

Sandy’s Donut Run 10K, 5K, West Fargo


Here are resources to find a race (links immediately below) or a running group/partner (see headings down page) near you.

Northland Runner
Pickle Events
Lake Agassiz Pacers
Midwest Events
Minnesota Distance Running Association
Minnesota TRI News
Northern Plains Athletics
Raceberry Jam
Running in the USA

There are a number of places you can go to join forces for a group run. Here are some options.


Fargo Running Co. offers group runs at 6 p.m. Mondays and 5:30 a.m. Thursdays, plus monthly long runs.

At 6 p.m. every Tuesday, Fargo Brewing Co. hosts group runs.

Beyond Running’s Run Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Grand Forks

Running store See Dick Run offers group runs from the shop at 7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. Saturdays. The store also teams up with Rhombus Guys Brewing Co. for a popular group run starting at 7 p.m. Thursdays.

At 6 p.m. Tuesdays, the Red River Runners Grand Forks offers group runs, too.

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27 Responses

  1. The JRA 5k is an officially timed race at Olcott Park in Virginia MN on Saturday, June 6, 2015. All proceeds go to the Arthritis National Research Foundation to help find a cure for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Join us!

  2. The annual Red River Runners’ Christmas Lights Fun Run will be this Sunday, December 21 at 4PM. Please join us at Lincoln Park for 1-3 laps around the beautiful light displays in the park.

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  4. David

    Canoe, mountain bike and then run through the Chippewa National Forest June 9 in the Chippewa Triathlon.
    The run does start out running parallel to Highway 2 outside of Cass Lake, MN, but soon you are buried under the canopy of towering red and white pines with a finish along the beach of Cass Lake. My favorite event each year.

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  7. I’ve always wanted to do the Filthy 5K, but driving all day to run a 5K has never made sense. There’s a hill I want to climb that’s not too far from there (given the 300 mile drive) and I’ve never had a good reason to drive that far to do it. Now that I’m up to TWO reasons, I just may be showing up this year!

  8. Hey- Thanks RunningSpud for listing our race! a 12 mile run on Sat. July 23rd through the awesome MN countryside using back roads, past lakes and dairy farms….. there’s nothing like it in the area. It’s a great training run for your next marathon or a fun way to get some miles in with friends in the relay division… and help raise money for the American Diabetes Assoc. Jim Jensen, Race Director (and an old guy who can’t quit running)

  9. Helen

    Wow! I had no idea there were this many races in our area. Thanks for sharing!! I will have to sign up for more than just the Fargo Marathon in May. 🙂

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