The New River Marathon course travels primarily along the banks of the South Fork New River. of the seventeen miles with pastoral vistas of the New River, 13 miles are along Railroad Grade Road, a North Carolina Scenic Byway. For the 9 miles that wind away from the flat and fast New River Valley, the course offers several short, aggressive climbs, rolling country roads, and a challenging 2-mile section between 15.5 and 17.5 miles (the near 180 degree view at mile 17.5 is breathtaking).
The New River Marathon was the 317th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 285th largest in 2016.
Last year 4.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the New River Marathon the 360th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 263rd highest percentage in 2016.
Its Course Score of 96.10 ranks it as the 405th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 13th fastest course in North Carolina.
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 New River Marathon a PR Score of 95.96. This PR Score ranks it as the 386th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 13th fastest in North Carolina.
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