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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, September 15, 2018
2017: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 50°F (10°C)
Average High: 63°F (17°C)
Average Low: 38° F (3°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 100.25
Course Score: 100.25

Race Size

2017: 368 Finishers
2016: 279 Finishers
2015: 408 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 19.6%
2016: 24.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Huntsville Marathon course is downhill starting at just above 8,700 feet and descending approximately 3,800 feet to just above 4,900 feet.

Although the course has a significant downhill grade, it starts at a very high elevation which will adversely affect finishing times for those not sufficiently acclimated to elevation. In addition, the steep downhill grade can be very hard on the quadriceps - especially for those who have not trained for downhills.

If your quads and lungs survive, the course could be fast.

Marathon Rankings

The Huntsville Marathon was the 164th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 217th largest in 2016.

Last year 19.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 24.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Huntsville Marathon the 60th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 23rd highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 100.25 ranks it as the 29th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Utah.

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 Huntsville Marathon a PR Score of 100.25. This PR Score ranks it as the 27th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Utah.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 8733 feet (2662m)
Min Elevation: 4927 feet (1502m)


Recent Huntsville Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2012 Huntsville Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Stunning beauty. Very well organized, couldn't believe all the amenities for newer organization.

Race Tips

First several miles felt like I was holding back, conserving energy for later miles but the splits were still coming back pretty fast due to the nice downhill grade.

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

Finish Time Equivalent

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