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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, August 25, 2018
2017: Saturday, August 26, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 64°F (17°C)
Average High: 78°F (25°C)
Average Low: 51° F (10°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 92.60
Course Score: 92.60

Race Size

2017: 170 Finishers
2016: 170 Finishers
2015: 175 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 14.7%
2016: 16.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The downhill Mt. Nebo Marathon course starts at approximately 9,300 feet and descends 4,600 feet to the finish at 4,700 feet.

The course starts at the top of Payson Canyon. The route continues down the canyon and finishes on the track at Legend fields.

Although the course is extremely downhill (net drop of 4.600 feet), the high course elevation may adversely affect most runners - especially those not acclimated to the altitude.

Marathon Rankings

The Mt. Nebo Marathon was the 291st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 298th largest in 2016.

Last year 14.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 16.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Mt. Nebo Marathon the 109th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 73rd highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 92.60 ranks it as the 436th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 15th fastest course in Utah.

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 Mt. Nebo Marathon a PR Score of 92.60. This PR Score ranks it as the 433rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 15th fastest in Utah.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 9337 feet (2846m)
Min Elevation: 4731 feet (1442m)


Recent Mt. Nebo Marathon Reviews

2 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2017 Mt. Nebo Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


The first 10 miles of this race could be classified as rolling. There are even some pretty steep uphills in this portion (small parts with an 8% or greater climb).
The aid stations did not have the advertised amenities. First gel or gu was not till mile 19, though it was promised at mile 7.
Road is open to traffic the entire race and there were cars on the course the whole way. Overall a poorly organized race.

Race Tips

Be prepared for a lot of uphill at the beginning. Then it gets steep (downhill) at mile 10 or so, but with slight climbs throughout.

Not enough toilets at the race start.

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

Finish Time Equivalent

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