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Fastest Marathon Courses in May


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.


Featured Races
Date Race
3/31/2018 8th Annual Carmel Marathon Weekend
Carmel, IN
Fast course (21% BQ'd in 2017). Award=winning, 2nd largest marathon in IN
4/29/2018 Big Sur Marathon - other distance events
Carmel, CA
Run or walk the scenic Big Sur course at race distances of 11 miles, 12K or 5K
9/15/2018 Sandia Crest Marathon
Albuquerque, NM
Downhill, Fast, and Beautiful course that starts atop Sandia Crest!
11/3/2018 CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Indianapolis, IN
Indiana's largest 26.2 is flat, fast, and perfect for a BQ!


Race Name Course Score BQ % Elevation
1 Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon
Stroudsburg, PA
102.43
33.39%
Elevation
2 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon
Ventura, CA
100.54
32.15%
Elevation
3 Mississauga Marathon
Mississauga, ON
100.14
16.80%
Elevation
4 Sugarloaf Marathon
Kingfield, ME
100.10
22.86%
Elevation
5 Windermere Marathon
Spokane, WA
99.92
9.09%
Elevation
6 Fargo Marathon
Fargo, ND
99.70
14.66%
Elevation
7 Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon
St. Joseph, MN
99.63
14.37%
Elevation
8 Toronto GoodLife Marathon
Toronto, ON
99.60
17.29%
Elevation
9 York Marathon
York, PA
99.55
26.59%
Elevation
10 Queens Marathon
Queens, NY
99.52
10.05%
Elevation
11 Wisconsin Marathon
Kenosha, WI
99.47
12.75%
Elevation
12 Marthas Vineyard Marathon
Marthas Vineyard, MA
99.40
9.51%
Elevation
13 Green Bay Marathon
Green Bay, WI
99.37
14.01%
Elevation
14 Pine Tree Marathon
Portland, ME
99.29
6.06%
Elevation
15 Potomac River Run Marathon
Carderock, MD
99.25
7.58%
Elevation
16 Bayshore Marathon
Traverse City, MI
99.21
18.65%
Elevation
17 Chicagoland Spring Marathon
Schaumburg, IL
99.21
13.43%
Elevation
18 Med-City Marathon
Rochester, MN
99.20
11.15%
Elevation
19 Red Island Marathon
Warwick, RI
99.13
3.03%
Elevation
20 Rockford Marathon
Rockford, IL
99.07
12.75%
Elevation
21 Whitby International North Marathon
Whitby, ON
99.07
13.89%
Elevation
22 Long Island Marathon
East Meadow, NY
99.02
13.03%
Elevation
23 Buffalo Marathon
Buffalo, NY
99.01
11.73%
Elevation
24 Cleveland Marathon
Cleveland, OH
99.00
9.14%
Elevation
25 OC Marathon
Costa Mesa, CA
99.00
7.42%
Elevation
26 Lincoln Marathon
Lincoln, NE
98.95
10.10%
Elevation
27 Famous Idaho Potato Marathon
Boise, ID
98.92
8.38%
Elevation
28 Fredericton Marathon
Fredericton, NB
98.91
24.44%
Elevation
29 Crossroads of Indiana Marathon
Lowell, IN
98.86
11.10%
Elevation
30 Brookings Marathon
Brookings, SD
98.84
10.24%
Elevation
31 Ottawa Marathon
Ottawa, ON
98.83
14.70%
Elevation
32 Willamette Valley Marathon
Keizer, OR
98.83
7.69%
Elevation
33 Maine Coast Marathon
Biddeford, ME
98.82
10.12%
Elevation
34 Journeys Marathon
Eagle River, WI
98.81
5.36%
Elevation
35 Vermont City Marathon
Burlington, VT
98.77
14.21%
Elevation
36 Vancouver Marathon
Vancouver, BC
98.71
11.29%
Elevation
37 Eau Claire Marathon
Eau Claire, WI
98.64
13.05%
Elevation
38 Granite State Marathon
Nashua, NH
98.61
0.10%
Elevation
39 Gate City Marathon
Nashua, NH
98.20
15.18%
Elevation
40 Providence Rhode Races Marathon
Providence, RI
98.20
16.71%
Elevation
41 Kalamazoo Marathon
Kalamazoo, MI
98.18
8.21%
Elevation
42 Pittsburgh Marathon
Pittsburgh, PA
98.15
7.71%
Elevation
43 Ann Arbor Marathon
Ann Arbor, MI
98.03
11.11%
Elevation
44 Coeur d Alene Marathon
Coeur d' Alene, ID
97.88
9.55%
Elevation
45 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
Cincinnati, OH
97.86
8.07%
Elevation
46 Horse Capital Marathon
Lexington, KY
97.80
3.29%
Elevation
47 Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon
Holyoke, MA
97.78
10.68%
Elevation
48 Joplin Memorial Marathon
Joplin, MO
97.69
5.45%
Elevation
49 Avenue of the Giants Marathon
Weott, CA
97.52
11.62%
Elevation
50 Nutmeg State Marathon
Hartford, CT
97.44
5.26%
Elevation




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