The net downhill Montana Marathon course runs between an elevation of 4,200 to 3,140 feet above sea level.
The course starts in the community of Molt, west of Billings, and is completely on paved roads. It follows Molt Road east, with a minor diversion out and back on Buffalo Trail, across the prairie featuring some impressive early morning views.
Just before the half-way mark, there is a downhill run on the "hogsback" that will take runners into Echo Canyon.
The course route takes runners through the slightly-hilly residential area of the Yellowstone Country Club before turning on to Rimrock Road. At 46th St. W. the course turns south and shortly eastward again through a residential neighborhood until it hooks up with part of the Heritage Trail System for a run through the tunnel under Shiloh Road.
After a turn north for a few blocks, the course heads west along Poly Drive and eventually to Parkhill Drive which leads to Pioneer Park and Daylis Stadium where the finish line is located.
The Montana Marathon was the 475th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 394th largest in 2014.
This year 11.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 17.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Montana Marathon the 58th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 153rd highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 97.37 ranks it as the 349th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Montana.
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 Montana Marathon a PR Score of 97.37. This PR Score ranks it as the 304th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Montana.
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