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Eugene Marathon

Eugene, OR


Race Dates

2017: Sunday, May 7, 2017
2016: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.96
Course Score: 98.96

Race Size

2016: 1,667 Finishers
2015: 1,474 Finishers
2014: 1,361 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 18.4%
2015: 22.9%
2014: 20.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Eugene Marathon course is mostly flat with only a few inclines early in race starting at mile 3 and at mile 7.5. The second half of the course is very flat with the much of it on the bike paths along the Willamette River. The finish is on the track at historic Hayward field.


Marathon Rankings

The Eugene Marathon was the 62nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 78th largest in 2014.

This year 18.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 22.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Eugene Marathon the 21st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 55th highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 98.96 ranks it as the 189th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Oregon.

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 Eugene Marathon a PR Score of 98.96. This PR Score ranks it as the 131st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Oregon.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 539 feet (164m)
Min Elevation: 387 feet (117m)

Eugene




Ratings & Reviews for the Eugene Marathon

5 Stars from 8 Reviews



review of 2016 Eugene Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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




review of 2016 Eugene Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Excellent course. Almost completely flat and scenic.

Race Tips


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




review of 2015 Eugene Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This is a good race. The course is very flat, with one noticeable hill about mile 8. The last several miles winds along the Willamette River on a paved bike path. The one negative was that the trail was open to non-runners during the race, which added some frustration at a time when runners don't want to have to think about anything but getting to the finish. The final 200 meters is on the track at famed Hayward Field and the post-race runner's area is very nice on the infield. I didn't set out to PR on this course in 2015, but I did. The weather was ideal, which aided in this accomplishment.

Race Tips

Being conservative early is always a good strategy. After the hill at mile 8, the course is pretty easy. There were plenty of port-a-johns at the starting line, more than enough to handle the crowd. The half-marathon split clears the running path nicely.

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

Eugene is not a large enough town to create traffic problems. Staying at one of the downtown hotels is probably best, but you could probably stay outside town and drive in and park. Shuttles from the designated areas were very convenient and took only 5-10 minutes to get to and from Hayward Field.



review of 2015 Eugene Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Best Marathon on the West Coast!

Race Tips

Ranked in the top 20 out of 1000 marathons with over 20% of our finishers qualifying for Boston.

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




review of 2014 Eugene Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

So glad this race moved back to May for 2015, temps will be more favorable.

Race Tips

Expect lots of energy, be expecting a PR! I only ran the Half, but I had a 6 min. personal best.

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

Park at Valley River Center and ride the shuttle bus, loved it! No wait, No hassle :-)



review of 2012 Eugene Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Loved running the end on Historic Hayward field. Second half is more scenic than first half (most races are the other way around so Halfers can enjoy it too). Pretty flat course so one can PR if ready. Not enough Port a potties at race start and no corral system makes early miles too congested.

Race Tips

Weather in pacific northwest this time of year is usually cool and overcast- perfect running weather.

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

They have a shuttle system which leaves from a downtown hotel because there is no parking on the campus. Try and get a final run on "Pre's Trail" or check out Pre's rock at the sight of his fatal car crash.



review of 2012 Eugene Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

There is nothing quite like running in Track Town USA, home of the late Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, site of the award winning University of Oregon track program and training ground for many running greats, including Steve Prefontaine, Mary Decker Slaney, Maria Mutola, Joaquim Cruz and SO many others. And, to end the race at historic Hayward Field just epic!

Race Tips


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review of 2012 Eugene Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Course lined with people. Finishing on historic Hayward Field and awesome race organization!!

Race Tips

Flat course. First through university area then into Springfield then the last 10 are along the Willamette River. Moderate hill around mile 8ish.

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