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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 61°F (16°C)
Average High: 73°F (22°C)
Average Low: 49° F (9°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.20
Course Score: 98.51

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: 349 Finishers
2016: 314 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 6.6%
2016: 6.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Freedom's Run Marathon course is run within National Park Land, with some brief detours through the rural roads.

The course surface consists of a mix of road and hard pack trail.

Marathon Rankings

The Freedoms Run Marathon was the 169th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 199th largest in 2016.

Last year 6.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Freedoms Run Marathon the 304th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 340th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.51 ranks it as the 267th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in West Virginia.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Freedoms Run Marathon a PR Score of 98.20. This PR Score ranks it as the 242nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in West Virginia.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 520 feet (158m)
Min Elevation: 265 feet (80m)


Recent Freedoms Run Marathon Reviews

4.5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2016 Freedoms Run Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Phenomenal point to point marathon. Here are the highlights.

1. It's a point to point marathon that starts and ends in West Virginia but most of it is in Maryland (you can cross 2 states off your marathon bucket list) 2. Runs through 4 National Parks/Parkland 3. Half of it is very flat and half is quite hilly 4. The finishers medals are homemade by a local potter 5. You finish in the middle of a college football stadium 6. The post race party/Oktoberfest is at a German Inn 7. You run down a spiral staircase as you enter Maryland 8. Part of the race is on the historic Appalachian Trail 9. The race director is a doctor and owns the country's first natural running store 10. This is a small "old school" race that you'll be telling everyone you know about

Race Tips

Don't use too much energy on the "Millers Sawmill" hill because the battlefield hills are still in front of you.

Not too many water stops in the first half of the race so you may consider carrying water.

Don't miss the post-run Oktoberfest at the Bavarian Inn across the street. There is also a half marathon, 10k, 5k, and a kids fun run

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

The Bavarian Inn is directly across the street from the finish and there are shuttle busses to the start.

review of 2013 Freedoms Run Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


First class service by Freedom's Run race director! Government shut down forced the director to change the course only 12 days prior to the run. He did so without missing a beat. Plan B was hilly but beautiful, and course -support was great.

Race Tips

Shepherdstown is lovely. Enjoy!

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

Finish Time Equivalent

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