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  • Wild Hog Marathon
    SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2017
    Grand Forks, ND


FAQs


We have answers to 26 frequently asked questions below, including details about registration, weekend events, packet pickup, race day logistics, and the Wild Hog Challenge for the 2017 Wild Hog Marathon weekend. Just scroll below and click on the question to reveal the answer. If you don’t see your question, send an email to director@gfmarathon.com.


fun fact

Humans are the best long-distance runners on the planet, able to beat horses (and everything else) in marathon distance races.

Before the Big Day


Sorry to hear that, and we wish you a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds.
Yes, this can be done by requesting the deferral on your Race Roster account that you used to register and paying the deferral fee.
Sure can, until the transfer/deferral deadline. Log in to your Race Roster account that you used to register, follow the transfer instructions, and pay the transfer fee and any difference in race price.
You betcha; this can be done up until the transfer/deferral deadline. Log in to your Race Roster account that you used to register, follow the transfer instructions, and pay the transfer fee as well as any difference in race price. Side Note: the new participant will need to sign the waiver on their Race Roster account in order to compete.
We’re proud to say we are – our course was USATF certified (#ND16004MN) effective July 13, 2016, so runners can use a qualifying time to vie for entry into the Boston Marathon.
Absolutely! We couldn’t put on race weekend without our terrific volunteers who donate their time, efforts, and talents to make Wild Hog Weekend one of the premier community events each year. Check out our volunteer page to learn more!

fun fact

In 1977, an 8-year-old ran the NYC Marathon. He finished it in just over 3 hours.


The Wild Hog Weekend


You can get the goods and your race bib during the SCHEELS Health and Fitness Expo from 10:00AM to 7:00PM on Friday, September 22, 2017 or from Camp Hog on race morning from 6:00AM to 7:30AM (full marathoners by 7:00AM).
Side Note: If you are participating in the 5K, please pick up your race bib no later than 6:00PM – we wouldn’t want you to be late for that important date!
All you need is a photo ID handy to get your bib and swag. If you are doing a solid and picking up for another person, you will need either written permission or to sign a form stating who you are and who you picked up for. Side Note: Relay bibs and swag for the entire team will be given to one team member.
We like to go big or go home, so the SCHEELS Health & Fitness Expo is held in the sportiest state-of-the-art building in town: Choice Health & Fitness Center, located at 4401 S 11th Street, one block east of the Wild Hog Smokehouse.
Yes, we love making an impact and some of the biggest names in running have joined us in previous years, such as marathon legend Dick Beardslay, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, Runner’s World ambassador Bart Yasso, and Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter.
We love little tykes and strongly support active, healthy lifestyles to enhance the quality of life in the Grand Cities for parents and children alike. The Family Fun Run focuses on the future of the running world by giving kids aged 12 years and younger a chance to be a part of Wild Hog Weekend just like the rest of the family! This year, there will be three separate waves (with distances determined by age) to make this a safe and fun event for everyone.

Waves start at 6PM at the official Wild Hog start line and all participants 12 years of age or younger will receive great swag! Parents are encouraged to get out and run with their children.
Thursday Race:
Subaru of Grand Forks Hog Dog Jog Fun Run – 6:30PM

Friday Races:
Crary Real Estate Family Fun Run – 6:00PM
Alerus 5K – 6:30PM
Saturday Races:
Wild Hog Full Marathon & Full Marathon Relays – 7:15AM
Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relays & Subway Restaurants 10K – 8:00AM
Yes, and we STRONGLY encourage taking advantage of them to minimize race day anxiety.
There is ample parking, and we kindly request that expo-goers park near either the ICON Arena or the southeast side of the Choice Fitness building, near the water slides.

Please do not park in the northwest Altru patient parking spots or the parking areas closest to the southwestern door for members.
Plan to park in the ICON Arena parking lots on both the north and south side of the building.

Please respect employees and clients of the Wild Hog Smokehouse, Crary Retail Plaza, and Choice Health & Fitness by not parking in those lots.

Inside Tip: 44th Ave. will be closed beyond Wild Hog Smokehouse, so plan to use either 46th or 47th Ave. S.
Plan to park in the ICON Arena parking lots on both the north and south side of the building.

We strongly encourage participants to use the shuttles leaving from the SCHEELS parking lot at the Columbia Mall, but if you prefer to do your own thing on Saturday, you’ll need to park in either of the lots northeast and southwest of the ICON Sports Center building next to the start line. Volunteers are also allowed to park in the ICON lot north of the building.

Please respect employees and clients of the Wild Hog Smokehouse, Crary Retail Plaza, and Choice Health & Fitness by not parking in those lots.

Safety First: Overflow parking may be available in Altru’s Professional Center on the west side of South Washington Street, but use extreme caution and the crosswalk at 47th Ave. S. to cross South Washington Street – it is a very busy highway!
The starting line is located on 11th Street South just east of the Wild Hog Smokehouse and west of Choice Health & Fitness. If you put 4401 S. Washington St. into your GPS, you won’t miss it!
It is a good idea to be in the starting chute at least 15 minutes prior to race start in order to hear any last-minute instructions, and so you don’t miss a chance to enjoy the talented local singers as they perform the national anthems of both the United States and Canada. Please give respect to both countries’ anthems and to the presentation of the colors by the UND ROTC Color Guard.
Yes, the Red River Runners club provides pacers for a variety of time goals for the Full and Half Marathons. Follow us on Facebook to learn which times are being paced by which pacer.

Side Note: Pacers will be wearing a white Plains Chiropractic singlet and can be found in the starting chute approximately 20 minutes prior to race time.
Full Marathon Aid Stations are located at miles 2.5, 4.8, 6.5, 8.2, 9.9, 11.7, 13.5, 15.4, 17.2, 18.9, 20.8, 22.5, 24, 25.2, and GU energy gels will be available at miles 15.4 and 20.8

Half Marathon Aid Stations are located at miles 1.6, 3.4, 5.2, 7.1, 9.4, 10.9, 12.1, and GU energy gels will be available at mile 7.1

10K Aid Stations are located at miles 1.6, 3.4, 5.2 

5K Aid Station is located at mile 1.6
We like to stay consistent, so in most cases, the aid stations will be on the right side of the road.

Water is at the first table and Powerade (Mountain Blast flavor) is at the second table.
Yes, we aim to please and keep our runners running, so GU will be available at approximately miles 15 & 21 on the Full Marathon course and at mile 7 of the half marathon course (corresponds to mile 15 of marathon course).

The flavors provided are: Strawberry-Banana, Tri-berry, and Vanilla Bean.
We’re always up for a challenge, and we figure our participants are no different!

Be sure to select the “Hog Wild” option when registering and complete the Hog Wild Challenge by completing the 5K on Friday night and then complete the Marathon, Half Marathon, or 10K on Saturday.

For your awesomeness and hard work, we will throw in an additional unique gift, and there are definitely bragging rights to say you went “HOG WILD” in Grand Forks, ND!
Slow and steady wins the race, but the marathon course will close at 1:15PM, which gives runners 6 hours to reach the finish line.

fun fact

A 150-pound person burns about 2,600 calories during a marathon.


After the Finish Line


We love a good party, and finishing a race is always a good reason to celebrate! In addition to a refreshment station, we also go hog wild with a local band.
Absolutely! Our mission is to support active, healthy lifestyles to enhance the quality of life in the Grand Cities. Over the past three race years we have donated over $70,000 to non-profits that focus on youth athletics.


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Email us at director@gfmarathon.com and we’ll get back to you in a jiffy.