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Leading Ladies Marathon

Spearfish, SD


Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 67°F (19°C)
Average High: 83°F (28°C)
Average Low: 51° F (10°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.00
Course Score: 99.60

Race Size

2016: 121 Finishers
2015: 137 Finishers
2014: 124 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 19.8%
2015: 8%
2014: 20.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Leading Ladies Marathon course starts at 6,000 feet and runs downhill into Spearfish losing 2,400 feet down to a finishing elevation just above 3,600 feet. As with any of the significantly downhill races like this, managing pacing and reducing braking is very important in hitting goal times on this potentially "quad-busting" course.

Although the course has the potential to be very fast if the downhills are managed well, the weather is typically warm for this August race and may adversely affect finish times. Temperatures at the start line may be about ten degrees lower than in Spearfish, but as you progress down the the course, temperatures could reach into the upper 60s and low 70s during the race.


Marathon Rankings

The Leading Ladies Marathon was the 354th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 366th largest in 2014.

This year 19.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Leading Ladies Marathon the 262nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 44th highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 99.60 ranks it as the 72nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in South Dakota.

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 Leading Ladies Marathon a PR Score of 98.00. This PR Score ranks it as the 251st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in South Dakota.

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


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 6060 feet (1847m)
Min Elevation: 3662 feet (1116m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Leading Ladies Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews



review of 2012 Leading Ladies Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Small crowd, downhill, and gorgeous! (All women- sorry, guys!)

Race Tips

Can be very cold at start- be prepared to ditch clothes right before the race begins. There is a decent hill around mile 12-be prepared!

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

Race is still small enough that you can stay at any hotel and have someone drive you right to the start. The Lodge at Deadwood is hands down the best local place to stay. If you're coming to also enjoy the Black Hills- splurge for a local cabin- you won't be sorry!



Finish Time Equivalent

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