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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, September 16, 2018
2017: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 64°F (17°C)
Average High: 74°F (23°C)
Average Low: 53° F (11°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 95.05
Course Score: 96.10

Race Size

2017: 171 Finishers
2016: 185 Finishers
2015: 301 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 4.7%
2016: 4.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Morgantown Marathon starts at the West Virginia University Coliseum and travels down Patteson Drive. The course traverses all seven Wards of Morgantown. The last few miles travel down the Boulevard before finishing back at the coliseum.

Marathon Rankings

The Morgantown Marathon was the 287th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 280th largest in 2016.

Last year 4.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 4.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Morgantown Marathon the 362nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 382nd highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 96.10 ranks it as the 399th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in West Virginia.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Morgantown Marathon a PR Score of 95.05. This PR Score ranks it as the 405th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in West Virginia.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1263 feet (385m)
Min Elevation: 819 feet (249m)


Recent Morgantown Marathon Reviews

4.7 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2016 Morgantown Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Hilly, great small race with beautiful route through all 7 wards of the city and straight through the main campus of West Virginia University.

Race Tips

Train on rolling hills and don't plan a negative split. Long downhill to start tbe race which means that the last mile is up hill.

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

Ample hotels in the area. Stay an extra day for some active recovery hiking at one of the local state parks.

review of 2015 Morgantown Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The course was fun, many ups and downs and the occasional long, flat stretch. A couple of big downsides though: most runners reported that it was about a half mile longer than 26.2 miles, the second half of the course had sparse crowds, the race was alongside busy roads with vehicles that had heavy emissions.

Race Tips

Learn the course details in advance. Neighborhoods around mile 20 were poorly marked and at some turns, little assistance was present.

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

review of 2015 Morgantown Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This was a very well run race - especially for a first time event. The organizers and community made me feel welcome and appreciated. Being from the flat, Midwest, I found the hills to be challenging, but not impossible. Probably not a PR course. The frequent change of scenery, helped make the 26 miles go by quickly. One of my favorite Marathons so far! I'll be back.

Race Tips

Do your hill work prior and keep your pace under control. One of the most difficult hills as mile 26. Very good course support.

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

We stayed at a hotel on Van Voohis Road - about 3/4 mile from the start / finish line. I walked to and from the start area. The hotel was also near the WVU football stadium, so there were several nice restaurant options nearby - or you can ride the PRT downtown for more options.

Finish Time Equivalent

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