The Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon course elevation is very flat. It is basically sea level for the entire race. The Las Olas Bridge is the only "hill" on the course and rises about 20 feet and is just before mile 3 on the course.
Although the course is flat and fast, the warm weather in Ft. Lauderdale this time of year may slow most runners down considerably - especially those not well acclimated to the weather. However, if the race day weather is cool, like 2013, the course can be very fast.
The Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon was the 105th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 108th largest in 2015.
This year 6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 12.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon the 140th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 29th highest percentage so far in 2017.
Its Course Score of 99.86 ranks it as the 34th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Florida.
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 Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon a PR Score of 97.44. This PR Score ranks it as the 302nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 12th fastest in Florida.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.