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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, September 17, 2017
2016: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 63°F (17°C)
Average High: 74°F (23°C)
Average Low: 51° F (10°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.87
Course Score: 99.22

Race Size

2016: 718 Finishers
2015: 880 Finishers
2014: 989 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 9.1%
2015: 10.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The flat Fox Valley Marathon course runs on the town streets and bike paths along the Fox River.

Marathon Rankings

The Fox Valley Marathon was the 108th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 98th largest in 2015.

Last year 9.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Fox Valley Marathon the 242nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 178th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.22 ranks it as the 147th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Illinois.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Fox Valley Marathon a PR Score of 97.87. This PR Score ranks it as the 274th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 8th fastest in Illinois.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 732 feet (223m)
Min Elevation: 631 feet (192m)


Recent Fox Valley Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2017 Fox Valley Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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review of 2013 Fox Valley Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Beautiful course up and down the river. Nice and flat, no tight spots. Very well organized. Tons of support from volunteers and local community spectators. Plenty of hydration options throughout the course. Plenty of porta-potties. Very attractive high tech T-shirt and medal.

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Finish Time Equivalent

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