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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, January 8, 2017
2016: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 48°F (8°C)
Average High: 57°F (13°C)
Average Low: 39° F (3°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.47
Course Score: 98.47

Race Size

2016: 374 Finishers
2015: 475 Finishers
2014: 533 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 11.8%
2015: 7.2%
2014: 6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The First Light Marathon course is fairly flat except for a few moderate rolling hills between miles 10.5 and 20.5. It winds through historic areas, quaint neighborhoods, parks and a college campus. Cool or cold weather can keep finish times fast.

Marathon Rankings

The First Light Marathon was the 152nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 147th largest in 2014.

This year 11.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the First Light Marathon the 302nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 130th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.47 ranks it as the 260th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Alabama.

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 First Light Marathon a PR Score of 98.47. This PR Score ranks it as the 207th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Alabama.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 210 feet (64m)
Min Elevation: 10 feet (3m)


Ratings & Reviews: None

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the First Light Marathon in 4:04:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.