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Big Beach Marathon

Gulf Shores, AL

Race Dates

2018: Sunday, January 28, 2018
2017: Sunday, January 29, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.17
Course Score: 99.32

Race Size

2017: 209 Finishers
2016: 157 Finishers
2015: No Results

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 6.2%
2016: 7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

Most of the Big Beach Marathon course travels through the paved trail system of Gulf State Park. The race starts and finishes at the The Hangout.

Marathon Rankings

The Big Beach Marathon was the 241st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 309th largest in 2016.

Last year 6.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Big Beach Marathon the 314th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 316th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.32 ranks it as the 134th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Alabama.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Big Beach Marathon a PR Score of 99.17. This PR Score ranks it as the 118th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Alabama.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 67 feet (20m)
Min Elevation: 3 feet (0m)


Ratings & Reviews: None

Finish Time Equivalent

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