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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, April 15, 2018
2017: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 59°F (15°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.65
Course Score: 99.65

Race Size

2017: 191 Finishers
2016: 290 Finishers
2015: 381 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 12.6%
2016: 3.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

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.

Marathon Rankings

The Ocean Drive Marathon was the 259th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 211th largest in 2016.

Last year 12.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Ocean Drive Marathon the 145th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 419th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.65 ranks it as the 66th 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 47th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in New Jersey.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 65 feet (19m)
Min Elevation: 4 feet (1m)


Recent Ocean Drive Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2017 Ocean Drive Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


It was a small marathon which I liked. It is now an out and back marathon. The wind was brutal on the way back but there are very few inclines.

Race Tips

I had to run faster than planned during the first half because of the wind at my back. I ran slower than planned on the second half as I ran into the wind.

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

I stayed in Ocean City. It was peaceful.

review of 2013 Ocean Drive Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Beautiful scenery, but the breeze of the ocean made it much colder.

Race Tips

If you're looking for a big crowd, with a lot of spectators, and gaudy finisher's medal - this race isn't for you.

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

Last year, they offered a shuttle from the 10k finish line (at 18th & Boardwalk in North Wildwood) to the race start. I suggest finding accommodations there to ease the transportation burden in the morning. There's some really nice condos on the Boardwalk for rent right there - so making a nice weekend out of it is recommended. They also have a group on Facebook - 'Ocean Drive Marathon & 10 Mile Run'

Finish Time Equivalent

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