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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.


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
101.38
16.86%
Elevation
3 California International Marathon
Sacramento, CA
100.38
22.88%
Elevation
4 Redding Marathon
Redding, CA
100.02
7.18%
Elevation
5 Napa Valley Marathon
Napa, CA
99.75
14.59%
Elevation
6 Two Cities Marathon
Fresno, CA
99.47
10.94%
Elevation
7 Modesto Marathon
Modesto, CA
99.47
10.90%
Elevation
8 Operation Jack Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
99.28
3.51%
Elevation
9 Western Pacific Marathon
Fremont, CA
99.24
7.02%
Elevation
10 Death Valley Marathon
Death Valley, CA
99.19
9.41%
Elevation
11 Surf City USA Marathon
Huntington Beach, CA
99.15
7.68%
Elevation
12 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon
Ventura, CA
99.15
32.15%
Elevation
13 Pony Express Marathon
Sacramento, CA
98.61
6.75%
Elevation
14 Santa Rosa Marathon
Santa Rosa, CA
98.51
19.36%
Elevation
15 OC Marathon
Costa Mesa, CA
98.50
7.42%
Elevation
16 Los Angeles Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
98.34
2.65%
Elevation
17 Carlsbad Marathon
Carlsbad, CA
98.25
7.77%
Elevation
18 Half Moon Bay International Marathon
Half Moon Bay, CA
97.99
9.25%
Elevation
19 Avenue of the Giants Marathon
Weott, CA
97.52
11.62%
Elevation
20 Humboldt Redwoods Marathon
Weott, CA
97.52
13.53%
Elevation
21 Citrus Heritage Run Marathon
Riverside, CA
97.45
Elevation
22 Big Sur International Marathon
Carmel, CA
97.43
6.11%
Elevation
23 Humboldt Bay Marathon
Eureka, CA
97.03
28.92%
Elevation
24 Santa Clarita Marathon
Santa Clarita, CA
96.96
6.46%
Elevation
25 Surfers Path Marathon
Santa Cruz, CA
96.95
Elevation




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