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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
Date Race
11/4/2017 CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Indianapolis, IN
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10/15/2017 Mount Desert Island Marathon
Bar Harbor, ME
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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 Camarillo Marathon
Camarillo, CA
99.60
10.70%
Elevation
9 Two Cities Marathon
Fresno, CA
99.47
10.94%
Elevation
10 Modesto Marathon
Modesto, CA
99.47
10.90%
Elevation
11 Honkers Motivational Marathon
Anaheim, CA
99.39
Elevation
12 Pony Express Marathon
Sacramento, CA
99.30
6.75%
Elevation
13 Operation Jack Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
99.28
3.51%
Elevation
14 Los Angeles Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
99.24
2.65%
Elevation
15 Santa Rosa Marathon
Santa Rosa, CA
99.20
19.36%
Elevation
16 Death Valley Marathon
Death Valley, CA
99.19
9.41%
Elevation
17 Surf City USA Marathon
Huntington Beach, CA
99.15
7.68%
Elevation
18 OC Marathon
Costa Mesa, CA
99.00
7.42%
Elevation
19 Long Beach International Marathon
Long Beach, CA
98.93
6.57%
Elevation
20 Santa Clarita Marathon
Santa Clarita, CA
98.78
6.46%
Elevation
21 Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon
San Diego, CA
98.58
4.16%
Elevation
22 Half Moon Bay International Marathon
Half Moon Bay, CA
98.48
9.25%
Elevation
23 Carlsbad Marathon
Carlsbad, CA
98.25
7.77%
Elevation
24 Humboldt Bay Marathon
Eureka, CA
98.12
28.92%
Elevation
25 San Francisco Marathon
San Francisco, CA
97.71
4.76%
Elevation




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