The Mesa Falls Marathon course is run on 9.8 miles of gravel roads, 2.8 miles of packed trails along Warm River, and 13.6 miles of pavement. The course provides views of the Targhee National Forest, the Teton Mountains, Lower Mesa Falls on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, and Warm River.
The course starts at an elevation of 6,150 feet. and is generally downhill. There is one significant uphill climb from mile 17.1 to mile 19.9 with an elevation gain of 300 ft. in 2.8 miles.
The race finishes at 5,250 feet with an overall course elevation loss of 900 ft.
The Mesa Falls Marathon was the 331st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 372nd largest in 2015.
Last year 7.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Mesa Falls Marathon the 312th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 421st highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 94.05 ranks it as the 410th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 10th fastest course in Idaho.
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 Mesa Falls Marathon a PR Score of 94.05. This PR Score ranks it as the 403rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 10th fastest in Idaho.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.