PRs and BQs will be hard to come by on the scenic and challenging Red Rock Canyon Marathon course outside Las Vegas.
The marathon course starts at the exit of the paved scenic drive at roughly 3800' elevation. Runners will run against traffic making a left hand turn down a short out and back section on Oak Creek dirt road (total 0.7 mile). Rejoining the scenic drive just after mile 1, runners will continue running against traffic and gradually climbing to the summit overlook at 4771' by mile 8.6.
Descending off the overlook runners proceed down the next 4 mile downhill, run up to the Visitors Center (elevation 3740'), make one complete loop around the Visitors' Center the rejoin the scenic drive.
Runners climb back up to the summit overlook at mile 18.4. The course continues over downhill, flat and rolling terrain where you can pick up the pace to the finish line back where you started at the EXIT of the scenic drive.
The Red Rock Canyon Marathon was the 404th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 391st largest in 2014.
This year 1.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Red Rock Canyon Marathon the 405th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 440th highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 90.81 ranks it as the 421st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Nevada.
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 Red Rock Canyon Marathon a PR Score of 90.81. This PR Score ranks it as the 420th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Nevada.
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