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Race Dates

2019: TBD
2018: Sunday, February 11, 2018

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: 97.91
Course Score: 97.91

Race Size

2018: 576 Finishers
2017: 644 Finishers
2016: 702 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: 8%
2017: 8.5%
2016: 10.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

2018 Course Changed due to Road Construction.

Marathon Rankings

The Mercedes Marathon was the 111th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 109th largest in 2016.

This year 8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2017.

This gives the Mercedes Marathon the 237th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 22nd highest percentage so far in 2018.

Its Course Score of 97.91 ranks it as the 318th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th 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 97.91. This PR Score ranks it as the 270th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Alabama.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 760 feet (231m)
Min Elevation: 571 feet (174m)


Recent Mercedes Marathon Reviews

4 Stars from 2 Reviews
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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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