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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
9/15/2018 Sandia Crest Marathon
Albuquerque, NM
Downhill, Fast, and Beautiful course that starts atop Sandia Crest!
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
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
151 Hamilton NightGlow Marathon
Hamilton, OH
99.29
6.49%
Elevation
152 Salisbury Marathon
Salisbury, MD
99.29
Elevation
153 Museum of Aviation Marathon
Warner Robins, GA
99.28
12.38%
Elevation
154 Operation Jack Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
99.28
Elevation
155 Lower Potomac River Marathon
Piney Point, MD
99.26
17.81%
Elevation
156 Coastal Delaware Running Festival Marathon
Dewey Beach, DE
99.26
11.09%
Elevation
157 Prairie Fire Marathon
Wichita, KS
99.25
7.87%
Elevation
158 Potomac River Run Marathon
Carderock, MD
99.25
7.58%
Elevation
159 Potomac River Run Marathon (September)
Carderock, MD
99.25
12.30%
Elevation
160 Martian Marathon
Dearborn, MI
99.24
15.50%
Elevation
161 Hamptons Marathon
East Hampton, NY
99.24
3.81%
Elevation
162 Groundhog Day Marathon
Grand Rapids, MI
99.24
4.04%
Elevation
163 New Jersey Marathon
Long Branch, NJ
99.22
13.56%
Elevation
164 Fox Valley Marathon
St. Charles, IL
99.22
4.73%
Elevation
165 Snickers Marathon
Albany, GA
99.21
27.85%
Elevation
166 Warm up Columbus
Dublin, OH
99.21
25.81%
Elevation
167 Glass City Marathon
Toledo, OH
99.21
22.06%
Elevation
168 Bayshore Marathon
Traverse City, MI
99.21
18.65%
Elevation
169 Grand Rapids Marathon
Grand Rapids, MI
99.21
11.84%
Elevation
170 Chicagoland Spring Marathon
Schaumburg, IL
99.21
13.43%
Elevation
171 Oshkosh Marathon
Oshkosh, WI
99.21
14.29%
Elevation
172 Med-City Marathon
Rochester, MN
99.20
11.15%
Elevation
173 Veterans Marathon (PA)
Black Lick, PA
99.20
Elevation
174 Trials Legacy Marathon
Olympia, WA
99.20
9.09%
Elevation
175 Tri-Cities Marathon
Richland, WA
99.19
Elevation
176 Death Valley Marathon
Death Valley, CA
99.19
9.41%
Elevation
177 Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon
Geneva, IL
99.19
46.97%
Elevation
178 Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon
Geneva, IL
99.19
54.50%
Elevation
179 Greater Binghamton Marathon
Vestal, NY
99.18
Elevation
180 Omaha Marathon
Omaha, NE
99.17
12.13%
Elevation
181 Pensacola Marathon
Pensacola, FL
99.16
8.12%
Elevation
182 Santa Rosa Marathon
Santa Rosa, CA
99.16
17.29%
Elevation
183 Fox Cities Marathon
Appleton, WI
99.16
4.00%
Elevation
184 Surf City USA Marathon
Huntington Beach, CA
99.15
7.68%
Elevation
185 Lake Lowell Marathon
Nampa, ID
99.15
8.93%
Elevation
186 Wausau Marathon
Wausau, WI
99.15
18.95%
Elevation
187 Marathon of the Treasure Coast
Stuart, FL
99.15
9.60%
Elevation
188 County Marathon
Picton, ON
99.14
19.44%
Elevation
189 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon
Bemidji, MN
99.14
15.79%
Elevation
190 Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon (Grand Rapids)
Grand Rapids, MI
99.14
65.71%
Elevation
191 Red Island Marathon
Warwick, RI
99.13
3.03%
Elevation
192 Cotton Land (formerly Dirty South) Marathon
West Monroe, LA
99.12
Elevation
193 Hilton Head Island Marathon
Hilton Head Island, SC
99.12
9.19%
Elevation
194 Baton Rouge Beach Marathon
Baton Rouge, LA
99.11
Elevation
195 Honolulu Marathon
Honolulu, HI
99.10
1.76%
Elevation
196 Woodlands Marathon
The Woodlands, TX
99.10
16.94%
Elevation
197 Baystate Marathon
Lowell, MA
99.08
30.50%
Elevation
198 Illinois Marathon
Champaign-Urbana, IL
99.08
6.88%
Elevation
199 Richmond Marathon
Richmond, VA
99.08
12.35%
Elevation
200 Oregon Marathon
Mt. Angel, OR
99.08
19.08%
Elevation









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