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Fastest Marathon Courses in California


This list ranks the fastest marathons in California 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
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Race Name PR Score BQ % Elevation
1 REVEL Canyon City Marathon
Azusa, CA
110.94
21.70%
Elevation
2 Ventura Marathon
Ventura, CA
102.33
16.86%
Elevation
3 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon
Ventura, CA
100.54
32.15%
Elevation
4 California International Marathon
Sacramento, CA
100.38
22.88%
Elevation
5 Redding Marathon
Redding, CA
100.02
7.18%
Elevation
6 Napa Valley Marathon
Napa, CA
99.75
14.59%
Elevation
7 Western Pacific Marathon
Fremont, CA
99.74
7.02%
Elevation
8 Two Cities Marathon
Fresno, CA
99.47
10.94%
Elevation
9 Modesto Marathon
Modesto, CA
99.47
10.90%
Elevation
10 Pony Express Marathon
Sacramento, CA
99.30
6.75%
Elevation
11 Operation Jack Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
99.28
3.51%
Elevation
12 Los Angeles Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
99.24
2.65%
Elevation
13 Santa Rosa Marathon
Santa Rosa, CA
99.20
19.36%
Elevation
14 Death Valley Marathon
Death Valley, CA
99.19
9.41%
Elevation
15 Surf City USA Marathon
Huntington Beach, CA
99.15
7.68%
Elevation
16 OC Marathon
Costa Mesa, CA
99.00
7.42%
Elevation
17 Long Beach International Marathon
Long Beach, CA
98.93
6.57%
Elevation
18 Santa Clarita Marathon
Santa Clarita, CA
98.78
6.46%
Elevation
19 Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon
San Diego, CA
98.58
4.16%
Elevation
20 Half Moon Bay International Marathon
Half Moon Bay, CA
98.48
9.25%
Elevation
21 Carlsbad Marathon
Carlsbad, CA
98.25
7.77%
Elevation
22 Humboldt Bay Marathon
Eureka, CA
98.12
28.92%
Elevation
23 San Francisco Marathon
San Francisco, CA
97.71
4.76%
Elevation
24 Avenue of the Giants Marathon
Weott, CA
97.52
11.62%
Elevation
25 Humboldt Redwoods Marathon
Weott, CA
97.52
13.53%
Elevation




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