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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, August 27, 2017
2016: Sunday, August 28, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.42
Course Score: 98.42

Race Size

2016: 1,059 Finishers
2015: 1,101 Finishers
2014: 1,276 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 16.7%
2015: 13.1%
2014: 6.3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Quebec City Marathon is a net downhill point-to-point course with more than 31km (almost 20 miles) of the course running along the mostly flat shores of the St. Lawrence River. Despite the course being net downhill with long flat sections, runners will also encounter several areas with rolling hills. The race starts on the south shore, crosses the historic Quebec Bridge and finishes in the heart of Old Quebec.

Marathon Rankings

The Quebec City Marathon was the 7th largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 8th largest in 2014.

This year 16.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Quebec City Marathon the 23rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 12th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.42 ranks it as the 22nd fastest marathon course in Canada and the 3rd fastest course in Quebec.

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 Quebec City Marathon a PR Score of 98.42. This PR Score ranks it as the 20th fastest marathon in Canada and the 3rd fastest in Quebec.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 376 feet (114m)
Min Elevation: 3 feet (0m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Quebec City Marathon

2 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Quebec City Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


From start to finish...much hillier than any of the reviews acknowledged. The hills are steep.both up and down with rolling in between. If you aren't prepared for this your legs are beat up long before you have a chance to hit the long stretch of highway that is in direct sun. Due to the late start, you're in the full heat of August. The water stops aren't frequent enough to make up for the dehydrations this combo creates. As for being scenic, you hit a few cute streets, but mainly you're too inland to enjoy the water, you spend a lot of time on the highway which isn't pretty and barely any of the race is in Quebec City. Yes you finish there, but you don't see the city at all. Felt the reviews were not honest and I was surprised that myself and elite runners I know came in 15-20 minutes over our expects times. More proper to those who pulled off fast races. Just not one i would recommend for beauty, speed, or ease.

Race Tips

Train for hill, wear your own water belt, prepare for heat (even 65 is boiling hot if there is now shade at 10:30am), and maybe just do a prettier race somewhere else.

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

Fairmont gave a nice discount but also put us in a mediocre room with the view of a wall. Good location though.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Quebec City Marathon in 3:59:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.