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.
The Loveland Marathon was the 315th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 299th 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 28th highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 94.13 ranks it as the 414th 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 407th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Colorado.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.