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Georgia Marathon

Atlanta, GA

Race Dates

2018: Sunday, March 18, 2018
2017: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.22
Course Score: 97.22

Race Size

2017: 1,462 Finishers
2016: 1,381 Finishers
2015: 1,279 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 4.3%
2016: 5.9%
2015: 4.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

Hills, hills, hills. There aren't many flat sections along the Georgia Marathon course. The constant rolling hills and warmer than ideal temperatures can make PRs and BQs a challenge.

Marathon Rankings

The Georgia Marathon was the 65th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 72nd largest in 2015.

This year 4.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Georgia Marathon the 359th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 160th highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 97.22 ranks it as the 367th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 11th fastest course in Georgia.

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 Georgia Marathon a PR Score of 97.22. This PR Score ranks it as the 320th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 10th fastest in Georgia.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1068 feet (325m)
Min Elevation: 859 feet (261m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Georgia Marathon

4.8 Stars from 4 Reviews

review of 2016 Georgia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great tour of Atlanta.

Race Tips

Tough hills but great support in good weather.

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

review of 2016 Georgia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great race for first time marathoners! It was exceptionally cold (wind chill of 18) but 24 degrees. There were plenty of hydration/medical stations but I agree, they were spaced weirdly. GU gels were available also. It was mostly flat, but those small hills around mile 15/16 felt like big hills lol. They were rolling hills though. Loved the fact that we could stand inside the convention center before the race so that we didn't freeze. Finishing inside the convention center was awesome! Besides the medal we got a finishers hat and a nice certificate. Race photos were plentiful and FREE. Post race refreshments included bananas, grapes, ice cream, bagles, an assortment of breads, peanut butter, chocolate milk, and hot soup. They even gave you a bag for your goodies. Plenty of port-a potties at the race and good crowd support. 5 starts for this race!

Race Tips

My pace group was a little faster than they should have been, but overall the race course was decent except for those small hills on the back end.

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

Do your research on hotels that allow late check out. Unless this has recently changed, the host hotel (Embassy) didn't allow late check out in 2015. I stayed at Holiday Inn Express

review of 2013 Georgia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Whew! Hills. Hills. Hills. If you like them, this course has them. They aren't really big, but there is no flat section of the course. You are always up or down.

Race Tips

Save your energy for the last part of the race. If you go out too hard, the constant hills just seem to get bigger and bigger at the end.

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

We stayed right downtown close to the start/finish line at Centennial Park. Very easy to get to the start.

review of 2011 Georgia Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


A very well run marathon. US Sports & Entertainment Group (13.1 group) took it over recently. There really aren't a lot of marathoners, but there are A LOT of half marathoners-10,000, i think.

Race Tips

I love this race course. It is challenging in spots because of the hills, but really showcases some of the Atlanta area. Save yourself for the second half. It is a lot harder than the first half.

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

Start/Finish are in Centennial Olympic Park. There is parking around the event, but if you don't know the area well, I'd recommend taking MARTA in. The past couple of years MARTA has changed their hours to accommodate the the early race start. Plenty of hotels surrounding the park as well for out-of-towners.

Finish Time Equivalent

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