The God's Country Marathon course runs uphill from approximately 1,300 feet to over 2,400 feet in the first 18 miles. After climbing 1,100 feet, the course runs downhill for the next 8 miles to the finish at about 1,650 feet. PRs and BQs will be earned on this course.
The 18 mile long uphill section followed by a potentially "quad-busting" 8 mile and 800 feet downhill section makes this a challenging course.
The Gods Country Marathon was the 397th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 414th largest in 2015.
This year 18.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Gods Country Marathon the 182nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 51st highest percentage so far in 2017.
Its Course Score of 95.84 ranks it as the 406th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 17th fastest course in Pennsylvania.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Gods Country Marathon a PR Score of 95.20. This PR Score ranks it as the 401st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 16th fastest in Pennsylvania.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.