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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, September 9, 2018
2017: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 66°F (18°C)
Average High: 78°F (25°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 93.62
Course Score: 93.62

Race Size

2017: 152 Finishers
2016: 176 Finishers
2015: 134 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 5.3%
2016: 5.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Bozeman Marathon course runs though Gallatin Gateway Valley crossing over rivers, running by farms with the Bridger Mountain range in the back drop. The end of the race will finish in historic Bozeman, Montana.

The first six miles of the course are mainly downhill, losing approximately 200 feet of elevation. From miles 7 to 13, runners will climb over 500 feet. The second half of the course loses close to 700 feet of elevation over rolling hills.

Marathon Rankings

The Bozeman Marathon was the 309th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 288th largest in 2016.

Last year 5.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Bozeman Marathon the 343rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 361st highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 93.62 ranks it as the 432nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Montana.

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 Bozeman Marathon a PR Score of 93.62. This PR Score ranks it as the 427th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Montana.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 5482 feet (1671m)
Min Elevation: 4813 feet (1467m)


Recent Bozeman Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2013 Bozeman Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Nice race in a beautiful environment. Late in the summer here so it is much cooler. Getting close to crunch day for those of us still looking for our Boston qual time. Good luck see ya there!

Race Tips

Very cool at the start line if it is windy at all. Seems like a pretty flat course other than the slight incline between miles 7 and 13. Pretty much down hill if I remember right after the Half Marathon point. I have run this on twice it is definitely a keeper!

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

Nice folk in Bozeman. Lots of places the stay and eat. The folks at Bozeman Running Company can give you the local scoop, and specifics for race day.

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