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Glass City Marathon

Toledo, OH


Race Dates

2018: Sunday, April 22, 2018
2017: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.23
Course Score: 99.23

Race Size

2017: 1,070 Finishers
2016: 1,143 Finishers
2015: 966 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 22.1%
2016: 17.1%
2015: 16.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Glass City Marathon course is a fast, flat, scenic tour of some of Toledo's most beautiful neighborhoods. The majority of the race is run on paved asphalt bike trail and concrete streets.

The flat course, coupled with favorable race day temperatures, can make the Glass City Marathon a very good prospect for a PR or BQ (Boston Qualifier).


Marathon Rankings

The Glass City Marathon was the 76th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 90th largest in 2015.

This year 22.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 17.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Glass City Marathon the 60th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 12th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 99.23 ranks it as the 140th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Ohio.

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 Glass City Marathon a PR Score of 99.23. This PR Score ranks it as the 100th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in Ohio.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 681 feet (207m)
Min Elevation: 580 feet (176m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Glass City Marathon

4.6 Stars from 9 Reviews



review of 2017 Glass City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This marathon was well put on and the volunteers were great. The relay definitely makes you feel like you have extra crowd support. Miles 22-25 had very little crowd support, but I knew that going in and my plan had been to stick with my pacer anyway.

My only negative is that a lot of the race is road and there were a TON of filled potholes (making for very uneven road) so I really had to watch my footing most of the race but thankfully not during the tough miles (22-25) with little crowd support.

I also had an amazing pacer (THANKS, BRIAN) who was fun, relaxed and talked the entire way. He even pulled himself back the last .5 miles (he was slightly ahead on time and I was 15 second behind him) to cheer me on and encourage me to the finish line. This was a PR for me so it'd be hard for me not to recommend this race!

The medal was HUGE and you get a cool glass at the end and, well, there's beer at the end :)

Race Tips

There's a small hill around mile 21 which feels bigger than it is, given your legs are tired. I know they say this for all marathons but this one I found it manageable to maintain even splits. The course isn't pancake flat but the really small hills are actually nice (see elevation chart on the marathon website as it gives you a more realistic view).

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

Parking options were great though where I parked did require me to walk uphill a bit when walking back to the car when I finished but there was a radio DJ playing 90's rap and talking to everyone walking back to their cars and I loved it!



review of 2017 Glass City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great course through some scenic neighborhoods and parks. Water stations when you need them. Well organized and fun to run.

Race Tips

Even pace throughout. No major hills. Weather was perfect. Started at 35 degrees ended at 55

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




review of 2017 Glass City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great course support, flat course, good for someone trying to PR or BQ. Weather varies. I have run it in 30s and also in 60s.

Race Tips


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

Parking is convenient if you arrive early



review of 2016 Glass City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Fast flat course. The first half is a little windy through quiet, tree lined residential neighborhoods before entering a large park. The second half is a little less scenic with longer, straighter portions before entering that same park. The last few miles are on a bike path. Nice start/finish line. Good race, overall.

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review of 2016 Glass City Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars

Review

It's a very flat marathon that is good for Boston Qualifing but very flat and boring. Not a lot of crowd support. It is run very well tho.

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




review of 2016 Glass City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2015 Glass City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

I ran the GCM in 2015 in perfect conditions, mid 40's and sunny. The course was super flat; I can only recall two times I was aware of a mild incline. I recently ran the Chicago Marathon, and Toledo felt way flatter to me. I selected this race to BQ and it did not disappointed. I walked away with a 20 minute PR and a BQ+6. The course was pretty and the scenery constantly changed throughout the race. There were a few miles that could be called monotonous and lacked crowd support (back roads and bike path to the finish) but nothing too terrible. Finishing in the football stadium was awesome!

Race Tips

I used a pace group. A word of caution: my pacer had an unorthodox plan to "bank time" in the first half of the marathon. I was fairly sure of my fitness level, so I took a chance. It ended up working out in my favor, but this obviously would not be beneficial for everyone. However, I must add, my pacer was super encouraging.

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

Arrive early; there was heavy traffic entering the university on race day. Huge plus: you can wait inside before the start and there were tons of indoor bathrooms! Very organized, easy logistics. If your looking for a flat, uncomplicated race to grab your ticket to Boston, this race is for you!



review of 2015 Glass City Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Smaller field with some nice scenery. Decent parking near the start/finish. Pretty flat overall.

Race Tips

Even pacing as the course is pretty flat.

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

No hotels really close. Big structure near the start/finish but still need to plan to arrive about an hour early.



review of 2014 Glass City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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