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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, February 25, 2018
2017: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 49°F (9°C)
Average High: 58°F (14°C)
Average Low: 39° F (3°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.47
Course Score: 98.47

Race Size

2017: 1,244 Finishers
2016: 1,252 Finishers
2015: No Results

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 8.9%
2016: 6.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Cowtown Marathon was the 68th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 74th largest in 2016.

Last year 8.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Cowtown Marathon the 227th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 334th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.47 ranks it as the 276th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 18th fastest course in Texas.

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 Cowtown Marathon a PR Score of 98.47. This PR Score ranks it as the 219th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 17th fastest in Texas.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 691 feet (210m)
Min Elevation: 534 feet (162m)


Recent Cowtown Marathon Reviews

4.3 Stars from 4 Reviews
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review of 2017 Cowtown Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


After food was great, scenic, they let you inside to wait so you didn't stand outside for hours, organized but pretty hilly. Not an easy course

Race Tips

Not too crowded, organizes, inside wait area but course is tough

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

Most hotels have a shuttle but there is easy parking in garages at event for $10

review of 2017 Cowtown Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great fun, scenic very well organized marathon.

I always enjoy the run though the stockyards.

The course is hilly with a long uphill stretch at mile 9.

Race Tips

Do some hill training. I actually trained on the hill at 9 miles. I was able to take the hill in stride, which made the rest seem easy.

It can be cold at the start. It was 41*. I wore a "Through away" seatshirt, which worked out very well.

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

They do not do race day packet pick up.If you are from out of town I guess, this could be a issue.

review of 2017 Cowtown Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Nice course, reasonable size field, great crowds. The aid stations were staffed well enough, but there could have been more calories on the course, better mile markers, and better pre-race communication.

Race Tips

The hill on Main Street Bridge isn't nearly as significant as they make it out to be.

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

Parking's super easy. My only suggestion is to not worry about it.

review of 2017 Cowtown Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Loved the event itself--it's very well done. I like the half course but am not a fan of the course for the full. Very hilly.

Race Tips

A fun race but hard to get a PR.

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

Easy to get to, lots of nearby parking.

Finish Time Equivalent

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