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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, April 14, 2018
2017: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 48°F (8°C)
Average High: 59°F (15°C)
Average Low: 37° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.96
Course Score: 96.96

Race Size

2017: 232 Finishers
2016: 256 Finishers
2015: 271 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 6.5%
2016: 5.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Garden Spot Village Marathon is a challenging mostly out and back course on mainly rural roads.

The race starts by the Legacy Garden and travels east for about 2 miles. It then circles around west through the Amish farmlands at the foot of the Welsh Mountain for approximately 12 miles before looping back to campus. During this time of year the scenery is amazing, the farmers are tilling the fields with horse drawn plows and there are sure to be horse and buggies about.

The course has two major hills at mile 5 and the same hill that peaks at mile 23 on the return to the finish. After the large hill ending at mile 23, it is mostly downhill to the finish.

Even with seasonable cool temperatures, runners will earn PRs or Boston Qualifiers on this course.

Marathon Rankings

The Garden Spot Village Marathon was the 229th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 232nd largest in 2016.

Last year 6.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Garden Spot Village Marathon the 311th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 367th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 96.96 ranks it as the 386th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 17th fastest course in Pennsylvania.

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 Garden Spot Village Marathon a PR Score of 96.96. This PR Score ranks it as the 344th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 15th fastest in Pennsylvania.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 709 feet (216m)
Min Elevation: 351 feet (107m)


Recent Garden Spot Village Marathon Reviews

4 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2011 Garden Spot Village Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Small well supported race. It is hilly so be prepared. I only ran the half so perhaps the full is easier but the half is tough. The scenery through the Pennsylvania Dutch country side is nice. The support from the Garden Spot retirement community is excellent.

Race Tips

As I said the course is hilly. There are plenty of water spots. The roads are open to traffic but they are very, very quiet so its not an issue. There is a modest but pleasant post race set-up.

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

I drove in on race morning (yes there is race day packet pick-up). I got there about an hour early and that was plenty early. Volunteers are there to help you park on the lawn right by the race start.

Finish Time Equivalent

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