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Fastest Marathons in California


This list ranks the fastest marathons in California based on the race's Personal Record (PR) Score. The PR Score for each marathon is created from an algorithm derived from research on how grade, elevation, and wet bulb temperature and ambient temperature affect marathon running performance. 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 only on the course (no weather impact), visit the Fastest Marathon Courses page.

The list only includes certified marathon courses. Keep in mind that PR Scores and ranking assume very good course management and pacing - especially for the extremely downhill races.


Race Name PR Score BQ % Elevation
1 REVEL Canyon City Marathon
Azusa, CA
110.94
21.70%
Elevation
2 California International Marathon
Sacramento, CA
100.38
22.88%
Elevation
3 Redding Marathon
Redding, CA
100.02
8.61%
Elevation
4 Napa Valley Marathon
Napa, CA
99.75
12.15%
Elevation
5 Camarillo Marathon
Camarillo, CA
99.60
10.70%
Elevation
6 Two Cities Marathon
Fresno, CA
99.47
10.94%
Elevation
7 Modesto Marathon
Modesto, CA
99.47
10.50%
Elevation
8 Honkers Motivational Marathon
Anaheim, CA
99.39
Elevation
9 Operation Jack Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
99.28
5.1%
Elevation
10 Western Pacific Marathon
Fremont, CA
99.24
3.18%
Elevation
11 Death Valley Marathon
Death Valley, CA
99.19
5.68%
Elevation
12 Surf City USA Marathon
Huntington Beach, CA
99.15
7.48%
Elevation
13 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon
Ventura, CA
99.15
29.33%
Elevation
14 Santa Rosa Marathon
Santa Rosa, CA
99.02
19.36%
Elevation
15 Pony Express Marathon
Sacramento, CA
98.61
6.75%
Elevation
16 OC Marathon
Costa Mesa, CA
98.50
5.31%
Elevation
17 Los Angeles Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
98.34
3.89%
Elevation
18 Carlsbad Marathon
Carlsbad, CA
98.25
8.69%
Elevation
19 Half Moon Bay International Marathon
Half Moon Bay, CA
97.99
9.25%
Elevation
20 Paso Robles Harvest Marathon
Paso Robles, CA
97.76
11.5%
Elevation
21 Avenue of the Giants Marathon
Weott, CA
97.52
5.36%
Elevation
22 Humboldt Redwoods Marathon
Weott, CA
97.52
13.53%
Elevation
23 Big Sur International Marathon
Carmel, CA
97.43
5.03%
Elevation
24 San Luis Obispo Marathon
San Luis Obispo, CA
97.37
9.17%
Elevation
25 Humboldt Bay Marathon
Eureka, CA
97.03
28.92%
Elevation




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