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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, November 11, 2018
2017: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 63°F (17°C)
Average High: 74°F (23°C)
Average Low: 51° F (10°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.71
Course Score: 97.71

Race Size

2017: 1,064 Finishers
2016: 909 Finishers
2015: 978 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 11.4%
2016: 8.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Madison Marathon was the 80th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 94th largest in 2016.

Last year 11.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Madison Marathon the 173rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 265th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 97.71 ranks it as the 337th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 20th fastest course in Wisconsin.

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 Madison Marathon a PR Score of 97.71. This PR Score ranks it as the 290th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 15th fastest in Wisconsin.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 943 feet (287m)
Min Elevation: 846 feet (257m)


Recent Madison Marathon Reviews

2.7 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2017 Madison Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Race goes through a lot of suburban neighborhoods with no crowd support. Lot of hills, including a pointless out and back to Mendota mental health institute. The last two miles are lonely with runners spread out and no spectators. Cops allow cars to cross the race route. And this year the race had to stop for a train! The end of the race "party" consists of a bagged sandwich and ONE 8oz chocolate milk. Yes, they refuse to give you two. Poorly organized and you feel like your are imposing on a city that doesn't want the race.

Race Tips

Be prepared for a lot of small and not-so-small hills. It can be cold, and this year snow was predicted for race day (but thankfully stayed away). Finally, it is an uphill finish.

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Why would you travel to this race?

review of 2016 Madison Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Very hilly but well organized, not crowded and good crowds.

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review of 2016 Madison Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


Hills hills hills, running try suburban neighborhoods, no community support, no idea where gu was available on course, poor finish area with a bagged sandwich

They can and should do better.

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Race Tips

At least 22 major hills and 12 minor hills.

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Finish Time Equivalent

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