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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 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 Camarillo Marathon
Camarillo, CA
99.60
10.70%
Elevation
7 Two Cities Marathon
Fresno, CA
99.47
10.94%
Elevation
8 Modesto Marathon
Modesto, CA
99.47
10.50%
Elevation
9 Honkers Motivational Marathon
Anaheim, CA
99.39
Elevation
10 Operation Jack Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
99.28
3.51%
Elevation
11 Western Pacific Marathon
Fremont, CA
99.24
3.18%
Elevation
12 Death Valley Marathon
Death Valley, CA
99.19
9.41%
Elevation
13 Surf City USA Marathon
Huntington Beach, CA
99.15
7.68%
Elevation
14 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon
Ventura, CA
99.15
29.33%
Elevation
15 Santa Rosa Marathon
Santa Rosa, CA
99.02
19.36%
Elevation
16 Pony Express Marathon
Sacramento, CA
98.61
6.75%
Elevation
17 OC Marathon
Costa Mesa, CA
98.50
5.31%
Elevation
18 Los Angeles Marathon
Los Angeles, CA
98.34
2.65%
Elevation
19 Carlsbad Marathon
Carlsbad, CA
98.25
7.77%
Elevation
20 Half Moon Bay International Marathon
Half Moon Bay, CA
97.99
9.25%
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 Citrus Heritage Run Marathon
Riverside, CA
97.45
Elevation
24 Big Sur International Marathon
Carmel, CA
97.43
5.03%
Elevation
25 Humboldt Bay Marathon
Eureka, CA
97.03
28.92%
Elevation




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