PRs and BQs will be hard to come by on the challenging Ellerbe Springs Marathon course. The loop course features lots of hills of varying sizes throughout the race. The first and last quarter mile are on a gravel road. The rest of the course is on paved rural roads.
The Ellerbe Marathon was the 436th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 452nd largest in 2016.
Last year 3.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 2.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Ellerbe Marathon the 401st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 449th highest percentage in 2016.
Its Course Score of 96.03 ranks it as the 408th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 14th fastest course in North Carolina.
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 Ellerbe Marathon a PR Score of 96.03. This PR Score ranks it as the 384th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 12th fastest in North Carolina.
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