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Race Dates

2017: Monday, September 4, 2017
2016: Monday, September 5, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 70°F (21°C)
Average High: 82°F (27°C)
Average Low: 59° F (15°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 93.44
Course Score: 96.56

Race Size

2016: 142 Finishers
2015: 162 Finishers
2014: 179 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 5.6%
2015: 4.3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Heart of America Marathon was the 335th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 314th largest in 2015.

Last year 5.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 4.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Heart of America Marathon the 372nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 383rd highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 96.56 ranks it as the 390th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 8th fastest course in Missouri.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Heart of America Marathon a PR Score of 93.44. This PR Score ranks it as the 416th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 8th fastest in Missouri.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 810 feet (246m)
Min Elevation: 558 feet (170m)


Recent Heart of America Marathon Reviews

4 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2016 Heart of America Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Very challenging marathon due to hills and weather. Great small marathon flavor. Oldest marathon after Boston. Great pizza afterwards.

Race Tips

Weather is frequently hot and humid. Several long and challenging hills. Some traffic but locals are mostly aware of runners and supportive.

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

Finish Time Equivalent

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