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Death Valley Marathon

Death Valley, CA

Race Dates

2019: TBD
2018: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 57°F (13°C)
Average High: 70°F (21°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.19
Course Score: 99.19

Race Size

2018: 75 Finishers
2017: 85 Finishers
2016: 88 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: 6.7%
2017: 9.4%
2016: 5.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Death Valley Marathon is an out-and-back relatively flat course (fewer than 500 feet of climbing and descending). The course runs along Hwy. 190 through the heart of Death Valley National Park. The entire course is below sea level with fantastic vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges: the Panamints, the Funerals, the Cottonwoods, the Blacks and the Grapevines.

Marathon Rankings

The Death Valley Marathon was the 392nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 424th largest in 2016.

This year 6.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2017.

This gives the Death Valley Marathon the 214th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 30th highest percentage so far in 2018.

Its Course Score of 99.19 ranks it as the 163rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 11th fastest course in California.

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 Death Valley Marathon a PR Score of 99.19. This PR Score ranks it as the 115th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 10th fastest in California.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: -130 feet (-39m)
Min Elevation: -237 feet (-72m)


Ratings & Reviews: None

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