Wait until the last minute to order a Pace Band?
Choose Expedited or Express Shipping at Checkout and receive your Band in 1-3 Days.

Looking for the Best Boston Marathon Qualifying Races?

View our list of marathons that give you the best chance to BQ.

Race Dates

2018: Sunday, May 20, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 66°F (18°C)
Average Low: 47° F (8°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.13
Course Score: 97.28

Race Size

2017: 217 Finishers
2016: 219 Finishers
2015: 265 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 11.1%
2016: 14.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

Marathon Pace Bands & Elevation Wrist Bands

See what splits you need to run for the Blue Nose Marathon or other marathons, adjusted for the specific terrain of each marathon, your goal time and pacing strategies.

Create and Order your Waterproof, Snap-on Pace Band for only $6.99.

Course Description

No course description available at this time.

Marathon Rankings

The Blue Nose Marathon was the 19th largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 18th largest in 2016.

Last year 11.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 14.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Blue Nose Marathon the 31st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 27th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 97.28 ranks it as the 29th fastest marathon course in Canada and the 5th fastest course in Nova Scotia.

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 Blue Nose Marathon a PR Score of 97.13. This PR Score ranks it as the 26th fastest marathon in Canada and the 3rd fastest in Nova Scotia.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 244 feet (74m)
Min Elevation: 3 feet (0m)


Recent Blue Nose Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
View all Reviews

review of 2015 Blue Nose Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This was a very fun run, through the major parks and attractions in Halifax/Dartmouth. I really enjoyed the community spirit, People on their front decks with their morning coffee cheering us on, some even provided runners refreshments and snacks. The thing I disliked the most is you go down a hill to climb a hill to finish.

Race Tips

The number one thing I took back was PRACTICE RUNNING DOWNHILL!!!. Other than torching my quads, the punishment on my feet was aweful(two bruised toenails)

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parking is generally well priced in Halifax, if you are coming from out of town I would suggest arriving Friday to soak up the festivities and staying downtown near the start and finish line

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Blue Nose Marathon in 3:09:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.