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Kalamazoo Marathon

Kalamazoo, MI

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, May 7, 2017
2016: Sunday, May 8, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 58°F (14°C)
Average High: 69°F (20°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.03
Course Score: 98.18

Race Size

2016: 476 Finishers
2015: 505 Finishers
2014: 514 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 7.8%
2015: 4.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Kalamazoo Marathon was the 154th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 144th largest in 2015.

Last year 7.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 4.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Kalamazoo Marathon the 293rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 372nd highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.18 ranks it as the 286th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 14th fastest course in Michigan.

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 Kalamazoo Marathon a PR Score of 98.03. This PR Score ranks it as the 249th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 9th fastest in Michigan.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 944 feet (287m)
Min Elevation: 757 feet (230m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Kalamazoo Marathon

4 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2016 Kalamazoo Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


The weather was perfect. For a field of 500, the race support was pretty good. At certain miles, they gave out bacon, sponges, and popsicles. Pre-race, we got to wait inside the fitness center building, which was great! A good amount of water stops.

Race Tips

Be ready for the hills - all kinds: steady incline, rolling, and steep - they are all over the place!

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

We stayed at the Radisson - there was a shuttle from there - it was perfect! After food was minimal - water, chocolate milk, bananas, and oranges.

review of 2014 Kalamazoo Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


For a small marathon it has a lot of course support. It may not be the prettiest course, but the rolling hills and changing neighborhoods keep it interesting. 2014 course change to skip Stadium drive and get up into the Winchell neighborhood was a big improvement but adds more hills.

Race Tips

First half is harder than the second half. Course's reputation as a slow course are overblown. Sure the hills add a minute or two onto your overall time, but not having to weave through a crowd of runners like Chicago evens it out.

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

The marathon is held in conjunction with a half, 10k, and 5k (each with more participants than the marathon). Marathon starts separately and first. Arrive early and park in the grass right next to start/finish line.

Finish Time Equivalent

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