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This list ranks the fastest marathons in based on the race's Course Score. The Course Score for each marathon is created from an algorithm derived from research on how grade and elevation affect marathon running performance (race time weather is not factored in). For more detailed information, please visit the FAQ.
The BQ % is the percentage of runners who qualified for the Boston Marathon according to the latest race results. Although it is not always indicative of a fast or slow course, the percent of Boston Marathon qualifiers can provide insight into the quality of the field and/or the speed of the course.
To see a ranking of marathons based on the weather factors, in addition to the course characteristics, visit the Fastest Marathons page.
The list only includes certified marathon courses. Keep in mind that Course Scores and ranking assume very good course management and pacing - especially for the extremely downhill races.
|4/29/2018|| Big Sur Marathon - other distance events
Run or walk the scenic Big Sur course at race distances of 11 miles, 12K or 5K
|11/3/2018|| CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Indiana's largest 26.2 is flat, fast, and perfect for a BQ!
|Race Name||Course Score||BQ %||Elevation|
|1||Hawaii Bird Conservation MarathonHilo, HI|| ||
|2||Buckeye MarathonBuckeye, AZ|| ||Elevation|
|3||Tucson MarathonTucson, AZ|| ||
|4||California International MarathonSacramento, CA|| ||
|5||Palm Beach MarathonWest Palm Beach, FL|| ||
|6||Jacksonville MarathonJacksonville, FL|| ||
|7||Kiawah Island Golf Resort MarathonKiawah Island, SC|| ||
|8||Panama City Beach MarathonPanama City, FL|| ||
|9||Rehoboth Beach MarathonRehoboth Beach, DE|| ||
|10||New Years (Eve) Double MarathonAllen, TX|| ||Elevation|
|11||Operation Jack MarathonLos Angeles, CA|| ||Elevation|
|12||Baton Rouge Beach MarathonBaton Rouge, LA|| ||Elevation|
|13||Honolulu MarathonHonolulu, HI|| ||
|14||Rock n Roll San Antonio MarathonSan Antonio, TX|| ||
|15||Run for the Ranch MarathonSpringfield, MO|| ||Elevation|
|16||St. Jude Memphis MarathonMemphis, TN|| ||
|17||Rocket City MarathonHuntsville, AL|| ||
|18||Bryan-College Station MarathonCollege Station, TX|| ||
|19||Dallas MarathonDallas, TX|| ||
|20||Millinocket MarathonMillinocket, ME|| ||Elevation|
|21||Hoover Dam MarathonBoulder City, NV|| ||Elevation|
|22||Roxbury MarathonRoxbury, CT|| ||Elevation|