The hilly course coupled with the typically warm race day temperatures make the Mad Marathon a challenging race. The scenic course is approximately 70% on roads and 30% on gravel.
Runners will travel through this extraordinary rural community on 26.2 miles of back and dirt roads with
breathtaking views of the Green Mountains, rolling farm lands, quaint villages, historical barns, covered
bridges and fields of cows.
The Mad Marathon was the 195th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 228th largest in 2015.
This year 4.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Mad Marathon the 258th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 255th highest percentage so far in 2017.
Its Course Score of 95.79 ranks it as the 407th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Vermont.
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 Mad Marathon a PR Score of 92.72. This PR Score ranks it as the 425th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Vermont.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.