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Fastest Marathon Courses


This list ranks the fastest marathons 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
11/3/2018 CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Indianapolis, IN
Indiana's largest 26.2 is flat, fast, and perfect for a BQ!
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
3/31/2018 8th Annual Carmel Marathon Weekend
Carmel, IN
Fast course (21% BQ'd in 2017). Award=winning, 2nd largest marathon in IN
9/15/2018 Sandia Crest Marathon
Albuquerque, NM
Downhill, Fast, and Beautiful course that starts atop Sandia Crest!


Race Name Course Score BQ % Elevation
101 Queens Marathon
Queens, NY
99.52
10.05%
Elevation
102 Miami Marathon
Miami, FL
99.51
3.26%
Elevation
103 Outer Banks Marathon
Manteo, NC
99.51
10.23%
Elevation
104 Jekyll Island Marathon
Jekyll Island, GA
99.51
7.97%
Elevation
105 Towpath Marathon
Peninsula, OH
99.50
10.03%
Elevation
106 Rock n Roll Las Vegas Marathon
Las Vegas, NV
99.49
4.14%
Elevation
107 Bismarck Marathon
Bismarck, ND
99.49
12.04%
Elevation
108 Okanagan Marathon
Kelowna, BC
99.49
21.20%
Elevation
109 Yakima River Canyon Marathon
Ellensburg, WA
99.48
6.88%
Elevation
110 Whitefish Point Marathon
Paradise, MI
99.48
14.75%
Elevation
111 Newport News One City Marathon
Newport News, VA
99.48
17.62%
Elevation
112 First National Bank of Wakefield Marathon
Wakefield, MI
99.48
Elevation
113 Wisconsin Marathon
Kenosha, WI
99.47
12.75%
Elevation
114 Two Cities Marathon
Fresno, CA
99.47
7.64%
Elevation
115 Modesto Marathon
Modesto, CA
99.47
10.90%
Elevation
116 Circular Logic Marathon
West Lafayette, IN
99.47
7.38%
Elevation
117 White River Marathon
Cotter, AR
99.46
4.52%
Elevation
118 Grand Lake Marathon
Celina, OH
99.46
6.48%
Elevation
119 Emerald Isle Marathon
Emerald Isle, NC
99.46
14.62%
Elevation
120 Houston Marathon
Houston, TX
99.45
12.18%
Elevation
121 Suffolk County Marathon
East Islip, NY
99.44
11.67%
Elevation
122 Rock n Roll Savannah Marathon
Savannah, GA
99.44
3.37%
Elevation
123 Clarence DeMar Marathon
Keene, NH
99.43
8.85%
Elevation
124 Johnstown Marathon
Johnstown, PA
99.41
Elevation
125 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Indianapolis, IN
99.40
17.64%
Elevation
126 Marthas Vineyard Marathon
Marthas Vineyard, MA
99.40
9.51%
Elevation
127 Rehoboth Beach Marathon
Rehoboth Beach, DE
99.39
16.93%
Elevation
128 Myrtle Beach Marathon
Myrtle Beach, SC
99.38
15.04%
Elevation
129 Florida Marathon
Melbourne, FL
99.38
6.52%
Elevation
130 Charleston Marathon
Charleston, SC
99.38
11.29%
Elevation
131 Clearwater Marathon
Clearwater, FL
99.38
10.37%
Elevation
132 Carolina Beach Marathon
Carolina Beach, NC
99.38
Elevation
133 Green Bay Marathon
Green Bay, WI
99.37
14.01%
Elevation
134 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Toronto, ON
99.37
12.36%
Elevation
135 Marshall University Marathon
Huntington, WV
99.37
10.50%
Elevation
136 Oak Island Marathon
Oak Island, NC
99.37
11.59%
Elevation
137 Snohomish River Run Marathon
Snohomish, WA
99.37
16.34%
Elevation
138 Leading Ladies Marathon
Spearfish, SD
99.36
23.66%
Elevation
139 Holy Family Memorial Maritime Marathon
Manitowoc, WI
99.35
6.92%
Elevation
140 USA Fit Marathon
Sugar Land, TX
99.34
7.43%
Elevation
141 Ghost of Seattle Marathon
Seattle, WA
99.33
Elevation
142 Northern Ohio Marathon
Mentor, OH
99.33
5.20%
Elevation
143 Grandmas Marathon
Duluth, MN
99.32
11.39%
Elevation
144 Big Beach Marathon
Gulf Shores, AL
99.32
4.88%
Elevation
145 Wrightsville Beach Marathon
Wrightsville Beach, NC
99.31
10.66%
Elevation
146 New Years (Eve) Double Marathon
Allen, TX
99.31
Elevation
147 New Years (Day) Double Marathon
Allen, TX
99.31
2.27%
Elevation
148 Niagara Falls International Marathon
Niagara Falls, ON
99.30
2.47%
Elevation
149 Pine Tree Marathon
Portland, ME
99.29
6.06%
Elevation
150 Hamilton NightGlow Marathon
Hamilton, OH
99.29
6.49%
Elevation









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