The fast and flat point-to-point Ocean Drive Marathon is all on paved roads and boardwalks. The race begins in Victorian Cape May City, continues, via the Ocean Drive, over 4 drawbridges (all climbing to only 25 feet above sea level), through the fishing port of Lower Township onto the Wildwoods Island, through Middle Township, and into the island communities of Stone Harbor and Avalon. The course finishes on the Promenade on the island town of Sea Isle City.
The Ocean Drive Marathon was the 172nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 159th largest in 2014.
This year 3.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Ocean Drive Marathon the 231st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 283rd highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 99.65 ranks it as the 61st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in New Jersey.
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 Ocean Drive Marathon a PR Score of 99.65. This PR Score ranks it as the 42nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in New Jersey.
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