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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: TBD

Course Information

Profile: Very Hilly
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 69°F (20°C)
Average High: 84°F (28°C)
Average Low: 54° F (12°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 69.57
Course Score: 69.91

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: No Results
2016: No Results

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: N/A
2016: N/A

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

**2014 Race Cancelled**

The Mount Lemmon Marathon course is one of the toughest and most scenic courses in the world. The uphill course starts at 3100ft and finishes at the top of the mountain - from the cacti and desert landscape of the Sonoran Desert to the pine trees of the Catalina Mountains.

Be advised that if you are using the Marathon Time Converter tool for this race, it is likely a lot less accurate given the very unique nature of this uphill race. Comparisons with other marathons are difficult since the race is entirely uphill.

Marathon Rankings

Rankings will be listed for 2018 at the end of the year.

Its Course Score of 69.91 ranks it as the th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the th fastest course in Arizona.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Mount Lemmon Marathon a PR Score of 69.57. This PR Score ranks it as the th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the th fastest in Arizona.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 8279 feet (2524m)
Min Elevation: 3079 feet (938m)


Recent Mount Lemmon Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2012 Mount Lemmon Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I've done this race all 3 years and loved it. I have only done the Tucson downhill and this marathon and I much preferred the uphill. It is slower but my body felt good at the end. The views are spectacular and each year the race director has improved the small details.

Race Tips

run walk works well for me. The first 1/2 is the hardest. mile 12-14 is the steapest. you get 2 nice downhill sections from mile 21 and 24. approximately 3 miles of down.

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

The buses are provided at Tucson Medical Center. There is plenty of parking. The bus ride off the mountain was relaxing and everyone was social and friendly. There is a Marriott next to TMC where you catch the bus.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Mount Lemmon Marathon in 3:18:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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