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Fargo, ND

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Fargo and Neighborhing Moorhead, MN

Fargo, along with its twin city Moorhead, Minnesota, is a metro area with a population of nearly 250,000. It’s a major cultural center for eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. The city’s geography is defined by the Red River, with Fargo on the west side and Moorhead on the east. With numerous paths and parks on both sides of the river and over 100+ miles of recreational trails, there are good options for running in Fargo.

The best places to run in Fargo center on the Red River. On the Fargo side, the Lindenwood and Fargo Mickeleson/Tricon Bike Paths combine for 5.5 miles, while on the east side, the Moorehead Viking Ship Yard Bike Trail and Riverfront Park are great bets. There’s also a good river path further north in the Trollwood/Edgewood neighborhoods. South of the city, there’s some pleasant neighborhood running, anchored by the Milwaukee Trail and several parks. A fantastic destination run is Buffalo River State Park, which has 13 miles of trails through one of Minnesota’s finest and largest remnant prairies.

Runners should take note of Fargo’s climate. Winters are among the coldest in the of any city in the Continental U.S. Summers are warm and humid.

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Red River Paths – West (Fargo) Side

Fargo, ND

The numerous paths along the Red River form the heart of running in Fargo. This route is on the west (Fargo) side of the river, combining the paved Lindenwood and Fargo Mickeleson/Tricon Bike Paths for up to 5.5 miles, with optional spurs.
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Red River Paths – North Section

Fargo, ND

About 4 miles north of downtown, a paved path follows the west side of the Red River for ~3 miles. It's a good off-road running opportunity, passing through the Trollwood and Edgewood neighborhoods, and several parks. Full out and back is 6.8 miles.
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Buffalo River State Park

Fargo, ND

A highly recommended 'destination' run, located 14 miles east of Fargo. There are 13 miles of trails winding through one of Minnesota's finest and largest remnant prairies. The trails are mostly flat and have a mowed grass surface.
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Red River Paths – West (Fargo) Side

Fargo, ND

The numerous paths along the Red River form the heart of running in Fargo. This route is on the west (Fargo) side of the river, combining the paved Lindenwood and Fargo Mickeleson/Tricon Bike Paths for up to 5.5 miles, with optional spurs.
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Buffalo River State Park

Fargo, ND

A highly recommended 'destination' run, located 14 miles east of Fargo. There are 13 miles of trails winding through one of Minnesota's finest and largest remnant prairies. The trails are mostly flat and have a mowed grass surface.
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Runners should be aware of Fargo’s climate. Winters are very cold, with daytime temperatures averaging only 18F (-8C) and lows near 0F (-18C).  Summers are warm and humid, with high temps averaging 82F (28C), with pleasantly cool nights. Fall is gorgeous but short, while spring in the Prairies can be volatile. About 40 inches of snow falls annually. Runners should be have the proper clothing and gear if running in Fargo in winter!

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RUNNING STORES

For a fairly small city, Fargo has a decent number of indie running stores. There are two outlets of Beyond Running, centrally located.

Tradehome Shoes carries running gear.

Scheels and Outermost Layer are two outdoor gear stores that also carry running apparel.

GROUP RUNS

Beyond Running has regular group runs — even socially distance ones! Info

Lake Agassiz Pacers is the oldest running club in the Fargo-Moorhead area.