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Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Sunday, September 25, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 61°F (16°C)
Average High: 74°F (23°C)
Average Low: 47° F (8°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 94.13
Course Score: 94.13

Race Size

2017: No Results
2016: 160 Finishers
2015: 175 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 21.9%
2015: 21.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Loveland Marathon starts at the Estes Park Visitors Center, crosses Big Thompson Ave, right turn onto bike lane heading down HWY 34, left off Highway 34, and through gate into the Fountains of Loveland.

The extremely downhill course drops nearly 2600 feet from the starting elevation of 7600 feet.

Although the course is downhill, the high elevation may adversely affect most runners - especially those not well acclimated to the altitude. For those not affected by the high altitude, the course can be very fast and result in many BQs and PRs.

Marathon Rankings

The Loveland Marathon was the 311th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 298th largest in 2015.

Last year 21.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 21.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Loveland Marathon the 33rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 29th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 94.13 ranks it as the 425th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Colorado.

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 Loveland Marathon a PR Score of 94.13. This PR Score ranks it as the 418th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Colorado.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 7609 feet (2319m)
Min Elevation: 5047 feet (1538m)


Recent Loveland Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2016 Loveland Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Seemed a bit disorganized at the start. 2,000+ ft elevation loss. Last 3 miles are uphill rollers! Very scenic wind through the canyon most of the race.

Race Tips

Really fun route!

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

Stay in Estes Park the night before.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Loveland Marathon in 3:50:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.