2017: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Race Day Weather
43° F (6°C)
PR Score & Course Score
PR Score: 97.81
Course Score: 97.81
2016: 2,352 Finishers
2015: 2,511 Finishers
2014: 2,764 Finishers
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The Baltimore Marathon course is a bit challenging with two relatively hilly to rolling sections connected by 6 miles of flat terrain.
The course travels through the many diverse neighborhoods including the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, historic Federal Hill and Fells Point. The route also travels through the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore right past the penguin exhibit.
Miles 16 through 20 of the course have been compared to Boston’s “Heartbreak Hill,” but runners are rewarded with a loop around Lake Montebello providing runners with some relief and flat terrain. The final 5 miles are mostly downhill. Then it is back downtown to an inspiring finish through Camden Yards ballpark, home of the Baltimore Orioles. Runners finish on Raven’s Walk in the shadows of M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.
The Baltimore Marathon was the 31st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 35th largest in 2014.
This year 6.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Baltimore Marathon the 300th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 282nd highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 97.81 ranks it as the 314th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Maryland.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Baltimore Marathon a PR Score of 97.81. This PR Score ranks it as the 272nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Maryland.
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