9he El Paso Marathon course starts at the top of TransMountain Road. It then travels south onto the Fort Bliss military base and finishes in the Downtown Entertainment District.
The point-to-point course has a net elevation drop of over 1300 feet. In the first five miles it drops over 1000 feet. From the 5 mile mark to the finish, the course becomes mostly flat.
If you can weather the quad-blasting first 4+ miles, the downhill and mostly flat course, coupled with favorable marathon weather, can equate to a PR or Boston Qualifier (BQ).
The El Paso Marathon was the 176th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 190th largest in 2014.
This year 4.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the El Paso Marathon the 281st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 363rd highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 100.14 ranks it as the 24th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st 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 El Paso Marathon a PR Score of 100.14. This PR Score ranks it as the 23rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Texas.
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