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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, September 1, 2018
2017: Saturday, September 2, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Mostly on Trails
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 64°F (17°C)
Average High: 76°F (24°C)
Average Low: 52° F (11°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.15
Course Score: 99.86

Race Size

2017: 265 Finishers
2016: 299 Finishers
2015: 298 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 23.8%
2016: 20.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The downhill Marquette Marathon course drops nearly 900 feet from the start in Ishpeming to the finish in Marquette.

The course consists of approximately 18 miles of unpaved trails with the rest of the route paved.

Marathon Rankings

The Marquette Marathon was the 214th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 202nd largest in 2016.

Last year 23.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 20.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Marquette Marathon the 35th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 40th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.86 ranks it as the 42nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Michigan.

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 Marquette Marathon a PR Score of 97.15. This PR Score ranks it as the 330th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 12th fastest in Michigan.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1470 feet (448m)
Min Elevation: 601 feet (183m)


Recent Marquette Marathon Reviews

3 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2014 Marquette Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Nice mixed of paved and flat gravel trails as well as roads. More twists and turns than the map reveals and though there is a net elevation drop, there are many short challenging hills in the first half of the race that tire the legs for the bigger, more difficult hills around miles 22 and 26. Not as fast as it's billed.

Race Tips

Reserve some energy for the second half of the race, don't expect a lot of crowd support along the way as it was mostly just volunteers (who were wonderful) along the course, study the map well as porta-potties along the course were not overly plentiful.

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

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Marquette Marathon in 3:11:00, 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.