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Holland Haven Marathon

Grand Haven, MI

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, September 10, 2017
2016: Sunday, September 11, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 66°F (18°C)
Average High: 75°F (23°C)
Average Low: 57° F (13°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.63
Course Score: 99.01

Race Size

2016: 135 Finishers
2015: 131 Finishers
2014: 146 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 21.5%
2015: 16%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Holland Haven Marathon was the 345th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 359th largest in 2015.

Last year 21.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 16% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Holland Haven Marathon the 35th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 71st highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.01 ranks it as the 186th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 11th fastest course in Michigan.

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 Holland Haven Marathon a PR Score of 96.63. This PR Score ranks it as the 350th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 15th fastest in Michigan.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 657 feet (200m)
Min Elevation: 583 feet (177m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Holland Haven Marathon

3.7 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2016 Holland Haven Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


It is the best race combination I've experienced, with hometown flare and big race professionalism—the friendliness of volunteers and road marshals, but the organization, aid stations, and usual perks of a big run. I believe this Lakeshore Half/Full Marathon will be an epic run that will be hard to secure a spot in the near future. I’m registering now for next year. Won’t miss it for anything. And one important additional note for first timers: the after party is not to be missed—there was food, like real food (bbq, cookies, fruit) and craft beer for the whole family, with a band and a climbing wall—my kids loved it! We stayed for an hour to celebrate. See you in 2017!

Race Tips

Bring a watch to pace yourself or run with a pacing buddy because there are not pacers on the course.

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

I ran the half marathon and took the second bus up to Camp Geneva that left from Holland at 7am--it gave me more than enough time to get to the start.

review of 2015 Holland Haven Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Road construction all over and for an out of town person hard to navigate. This was pre-race. Packet pickup was at camp geneva as advertised camp was rather large and only one small sign to let you know where packet pick up was. All shirts said marathon even if you ran the half. All bibs were very generic. When I spend 80 dollars for a race I would hope the bib has a cool design on it or to let me remember the race. Finishers medals all say marathon even if you do the half, also there is no year on the medal.

Race Tips

Rolling hills!!!!! Not enough volunteers for traffic run this race and be prepared to watch for your own cars. Also half marathon you do not get to see the lake at all. Mile markers after mile 9 were screwed way up and way off. Finish line you must cross a busy street be careful.

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

Bus system from finish to start worked the best probably the best part of the race also the bag check crew did wonderful.

review of 2014 Holland Haven Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


A small marathon, country roads. Not enough water stops and very little Gatorade. The last miles were poorly marked and manned, we had to cross a fairly busy road( traffic was not stopped) to get to the finish. Running on the sandy road upwind was tough the lake view was great. The runners were courteous . Course was advertised as flat, not so watch for the tough up hills in the last 24mile or so. I still managed to PR and BQ so thank you Holland Haven

Race Tips

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

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