Prairie Fire Marathon is a relatively flat to rolling course that takes runners through some of Wichita’s historic neighborhoods. The race runs through the heart of the city, beginning and ending in downtown. Runners pass through the Central Business District, College Hill, Eastborough, Old Town, Riverside, Old Cowtown and cross the Arkansas River at the Keeper of the Plains monument. Course elevation ranges from 1293 feet above sea level to 1397 feet above sea level. Most of this elevation change is from miles 3 to 14. The first 3 miles and last 12 are very flat.
The Prairie Fire Marathon was the 145th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 133rd largest in 2015.
Last year 11.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Prairie Fire Marathon the 159th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 306th highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 99.25 ranks it as the 140th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Kansas.
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 Prairie Fire Marathon a PR Score of 98.56. This PR Score ranks it as the 200th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Kansas.
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