Venture Endurance’s Fargo Marathon Names Essentia Health as Title Sponsor

December 17, 2021

Healthcare Provider to Support the Annual Event with a Three-Year Commitment

McLean, VA – December 17, 2021 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Fargo Marathon, which is owned Ventures Endurance, part of Gannett’s USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures, today announced a three-year title sponsorship deal with Essentia Health. Essentia Health is an integrated health system serving patients and communities, focusing on making a healthy difference in people’s lives. This sponsorship will emphasize the importance of activity and wellness for participants in the Fargo-Moorhead area of North Dakota. The 18th annual event will take place from May 16, 2022, through May 21, 2022.

The Fargo Marathon, established in 2005, is an annual week-long event, attracting thousands of participants from across the United States to North Dakota. The celebration of endurance events includes several races such as: Fargo Marathon, Fargo Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Youth Run, Fargo Dog Run, and the Cyclothon. Starting at the Fargodome, the events tour Fargo and Moorhead’s residential and historic downtown streets, college campuses, and trails along the Red River. Participants can enjoy entertainment from more than 50 live bands and DJs and take part in multiple block parties throughout each route.

“We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Essentia Health,” said Mark Knutson, Executive Director, Fargo Marathon. “Essentia Health continues to demonstrate its commitment to the health and wellness of this community, and the sponsorship of this event serves as the perfect example.”

“We are honored to partner with the Fargo Marathon. This incredible organization has had such a positive impact in our region,” said Al Hurley, Chief Operating Officer of Essentia Health’s West Market. “Our mission is to make a healthy difference in people’s lives and giving back to the communities we are blessed to serve is one way we live out that mission.”

Online registration for the 2022 Fargo Marathon sponsored by Essentia Health is open through the morning of each individual event. Those who are interested in participating can register at https://venturesendurance.com/ register/2022-fargo-marathon. Upon registration, participants will receive branded swag, including a running jacket, a premium quarter-zip jacket, or a commemorative long-sleeve t-shirt.

Additionally, the 2022 Fargo Marathon will continue its Shoes for Kids Campaign in partnership with Scheels. All donations received during registration will provide shoes to children of all ages, encouraging lifelong health and wellness. Since its inception in 2010, the Fargo Marathon has donated over 10,000 pairs of shoes to the community.

For more information on the Fargo Marathon, please visit www.fargomarathon.com.


USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures, part of Gannett Co, Inc., creates impactful consumer engagements and experiences through world-class events, promotions, races, and technology. We strive to exceed expectations, create unforgettable memories and drive value for our partners while leveraging our reputable institutions, including USA TODAY and more than 250 local media brands. Our portfolio includes the largest high school sports recognition program in the country, USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, and other celebrated brands including the Official Community’s Choice Awards, American Influencer Awards, Rugged Maniac, Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, Blockbuster Bucket List sweepstakes, Amazing Teachers contest and more. Our events are managed with our proprietary ticketing and registration platform, EnMotive. The events and promotions that we build inspire pride in local communities and connect local and national businesses with highly engaged audiences. We are an industry leader and drive results from coast to coast. To learn more about USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures, please visit https://usatventures.com/.

About Essentia Health

Essentia Health combines the strengths and talents 14,000 employees, including more than 2,100 physicians and advanced practitioners, who serve our patients and communities through the mission of being called to make a healthy difference in people’s lives.

Essentia Health, which includes many Catholic facilities, is guided by the values of Quality, Hospitality, Respect, Joy, Justice, Stewardship and Teamwork. The organization lives out its mission by having a patient-centered focus at 14 hospitals, 71 clinics, six long-term care facilities, three assisted living facilities, three independent living facilities, six ambulance services, 20 retail pharmacies and one research institute.

Stephanie Tackach
Senior Director, Communications
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