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Mercedes Marathon

Birmingham, AL

Race Dates

2018: Sunday, February 11, 2018
2017: Sunday, February 12, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 47°F (8°C)
Average High: 58°F (14°C)
Average Low: 35° F (1°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.30
Course Score: 98.30

Race Size

2017: 644 Finishers
2016: 702 Finishers
2015: 842 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 8.5%
2016: 10.4%
2015: 10.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Mercedes Marathon was the 109th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 102nd largest in 2015.

This year 8.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Mercedes Marathon the 198th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 57th highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 98.30 ranks it as the 275th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Alabama.

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 Mercedes Marathon a PR Score of 98.30. This PR Score ranks it as the 226th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Alabama.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 766 feet (233m)
Min Elevation: 580 feet (176m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Mercedes Marathon

4 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2016 Mercedes Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

The crowd support dies down in the second half when the half marathoners finish. A couple aid stations were out of Gu on the second loop, so it might be good to have one or two of your own so you don't go too long without taking in calories.

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

review of 2012 Mercedes Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Perfect sized expo. Can stay warm before race. Well organized. Big post race indoor gathering. Handed out free gloves. Nice medal and finishers cap

Race Tips

Two loop course so you know what to expect second half. Course has some rollers and gradual hills that can take their toll so be careful early on.

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

I stayed at host hotel which is 3 blocks from expo and start/finish lines. Hotel also had free shuttle to airport. Also walking distance from Civil Rights Museum which I recommend.

Finish Time Equivalent

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