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Edmonton Marathon

Edmonton, AB

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, August 20, 2017
2016: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.52
Course Score: 99.02

Race Size

2016: 408 Finishers
2015: 575 Finishers
2014: 534 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 19.4%
2015: 16.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The relatively flat Edmonton Marathon is an out and back course with sections along the Saskatchewan River.

Marathon Rankings

The Edmonton Marathon was the 13th largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 12th largest in 2015.

Last year 19.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 16.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Edmonton Marathon the 10th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 14th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.02 ranks it as the 15th fastest marathon course in Canada and the 1st fastest course in Alberta.

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 Edmonton Marathon a PR Score of 98.52. This PR Score ranks it as the 19th fastest marathon in Canada and the 1st fastest in Alberta.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 2209 feet (673m)
Min Elevation: 2106 feet (642m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Edmonton Marathon

4 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2016 Edmonton Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Beside being a generally nice race, in In my opinion the Edmonton Marathon is a very good race for people that want to qualify for Boston and need to do it August. The course is mostly flat, the race was well organized and prices are very reasonable compared to some other last minute qualifying races. Also the temperatures are acceptable and in my opinion it is hard to find a race with better temperatures in August. If I would need a fast race in August, I would go again to Edmonton.

Race Tips

Basically you run two half marathons. Each out and back. Hence I would divide the course in quarters. The course is flat, but not completely. The first quarter feels like a slight downhill, hence the second is a slight uphill. The second half is mostly flat. But be prepared for a short uphill just after the second turnaround that feels hard as you are 3 quarters in a marathon.

Pacing strategy: I like running negative splits but that seems to be difficult in Edmonton: The slight downhill on the first quarter is good for faster splits at equal effort. You will lose some of the time gained during the second quarter.

Raising temperatures during the 3 and 4th quarter may impact you. As well you have to overtake slower runners from the half marathon. In my opinion plan for an equal paced race or positive split.

The course is very clearly marked. But bring a GPS watch! I was missing most of the km/mi markers.

Waterstations: The only real thing that was negative in my point of view was the number of water stations. I would have wished for two additional water stations. I had a throw away bottle with 700ml with me that did rescue me as I was well hydrated for the 2nd half.

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

Host Hotels: Nice and very close to the start line. Reasonable prices that included breakfast and parking. Parking is ~25$ otherwise. Restrooms, bag drop etc. are in the Shaw Conference Center next to the Start/Finish.

Finish Time Equivalent

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