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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Multiple Loops
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 49°F (9°C)
Average High: 58°F (14°C)
Average Low: 39° F (3°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.37
Course Score: 99.37

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: 419 Finishers
2016: 485 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 10.5%
2016: 14.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Marshall University Marathon course is flat and fastThe course starts on 3rd Avenue next to Cam Henderson Center and travels through downtown Huntington past Pullman Square, next to the Ohio River, and through Ritter Park.

The course ends by running through the Marshall University campus and onto the football field.

Marathon Rankings

The Marshall University Marathon was the 152nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 150th largest in 2016.

Last year 10.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 14.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Marshall University Marathon the 191st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 98th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.37 ranks it as the 124th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in West Virginia.

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 Marshall University Marathon a PR Score of 99.37. This PR Score ranks it as the 84th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in West Virginia.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 570 feet (173m)
Min Elevation: 526 feet (160m)


Recent Marshall University Marathon Reviews

4 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2017 Marshall University Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Decent race and probably your best bet for a fast race in West Virginia being flat and expected cooler temps (not in 2017 though). Really nice Asics half-zip shirt (despite angry people on Facebook that it wasn't a jacket) and nice medal. They even hand you a football to carry across the goal line for the finish. I fumbled mine as it was patent leather material and I was a sweaty mess at that point. Award winners just collect their award outside the stadium. Age group place scored me a glass leaf bowl thingy. I suppose it will get more use than a medal or plaque, maybe.

Race Tips

Course was extremely flat with only 2 notable hills of maybe 15ft. There is a lot of 2 way traffic on along the course, including a tight section on the riverwalk, and you can catch slower half marathoners on the 2nd loop. There a nice gravel trail section miles 6-9 and 19-22 that was quite pretty, especially with the leaves falling. Most of the rest of the course is forgettable.

The section through the college (marathon only) was a bit confusing both times, but the course was fairly well marked. There were at least a couple of guys that thought you run the 2nd loop backwards though. It should be a very good setup for fast times. Unfortunately the weather was unseasonably warm in 2017. 65F at the start and almost no cloud cover during the race. Temps reached close to 80F for the 4+ hour marathoners. The gravel trail was the only area with shade.

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

They had a free pasta dinner that ended at 5:30? It was about what you'd expect from a free pasta dinner. Stayed at Fairfield Inn just a few minutes outside of town. Arrived at the stadium to park around 6am and got a spot within 100yds of the start line. Need to keep you stuff in your car as there is no gear check.

review of 2011 Marshall University Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great small town marathon. Carrying a football and running the final 100 yards on Marshall Football field is nice touch. Very moving dropping a flower on the memorial within the Marshall campus. Indoor bathrooms before race. Grilled burgers after race.

Race Tips

It is a flat two loop course. There is a lovely 3 miles section (run twice thru Ritter Park) that is great. I dressed warmly fior the cold start then peeled off clothes and dropped them on my car at the half way point.

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

Parking is easy at the Marshall University football stadium parking lot.

Finish Time Equivalent

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