Get in touch with your "Wild Side" in North Dakota

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No matter how you let your “wild side” come out, September in North Dakota offers many options. Whether you’re running marathons, testing your stamina in an Extreme North Dakota race or just scouting fall wildlife from the seat of your car or motorcycle, fall in North Dakota is the perfect place to get “wild.”

Running Wild

Ever think about qualifying for the Boston or New York Marathons right here in North Dakota? You can, providing your time is right in the Bismarck Marathon this month. If you’re looking for a different challenge, test yourself in the Wild Hog Half Marathon in Grand Forks. Or, for a true test of stamina, head to Williston and Extreme North Dakota Racing’s Bakken X-Trek and its multiple water and swamp obstacles. 

Scouting Wildlife

If observing wild behavior is more your style, ride over to Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s wildlife loop, where deer, buffalo and prairie dogs play, and eagles and hawks soar majestically overhead. By late September, fall foliage will be on full display and rides along any of the state’s scenic byways, backways or waterways comes with a mosaic of colors. 

Wild about Sports

If you are wild about sports, get to Fargo or Grand Forks where four-time NCAA Division I FCS champion North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota headline a busy lineup of college football. Or check out the University of Mary and Minot State as they play in the NCAA II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference while Dickinson State University, Mayville State University, Jamestown College, and Valley City State University compete in the NAIA. You can also catch your favorite high schools playing under the Friday night lights. 

Pumpkins and Corn Mazes Gone Wild

Finally, with Halloween just around the corner, pumpkin patches and corn mazes start welcoming guests in September. Enjoy some new activities at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch to include a ginormous jumping pad while Nelson’s Corn Maze has a stunning tribute to Veterans. All of these adventures provide fun for the entire family.