The first eight miles of the Drake Well Marathon are the most challenging. From about miles 1 to 2, runners will climb a 300 foot hill (and descend the same). Then from just after mile 3 to mile 5, runners will climb a little over 300 feet over the course of two miles.
The final, flatter 15 miles are and out-and-back section alongside historic Oil Creek, with a full canopy of trees to protect runners from the elements.
The Drake Well Marathon was the 493rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 578th largest in 2014.
This year 19.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 15.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Drake Well Marathon the 77th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 49th highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 97.84 ranks it as the 311th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 14th fastest course in Pennsylvania.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Drake Well Marathon a PR Score of 94.33. This PR Score ranks it as the 396th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 18th fastest in Pennsylvania.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.