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Glass City Marathon

Toledo, OH

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, April 23, 2017
2016: Sunday, April 24, 2016

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

2016: 1,143 Finishers
2015: 966 Finishers
2014: 869 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
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.

Last year 17.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 16.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Glass City Marathon the 61st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 69th highest percentage in 2015.

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)


Ratings & Reviews for the Glass City Marathon

4.3 Stars from 4 Reviews

review of 2016 Glass City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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


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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review of 2015 Glass City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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 2014 Glass City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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