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Rochester Marathon

Rochester, NY

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, September 17, 2017
2016: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Multiple Loops
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 62°F (16°C)
Average High: 72°F (22°C)
Average Low: 53° F (11°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.44
Course Score: 97.52

Race Size

2016: 491 Finishers
2015: 446 Finishers
2014: 545 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 3.5%
2015: 8.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The mostly double loop Rochester Marathon course starts in Maplewood Park travels through the north side of Rochester. After crossing the Genesee River several times, the runners finish at Frontier Field.

Marathon Rankings

The Rochester Marathon was the 147th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 152nd largest in 2015.

Last year 3.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Rochester Marathon the 440th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 240th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 97.52 ranks it as the 337th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 16th fastest course in New York.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Rochester Marathon a PR Score of 96.44. This PR Score ranks it as the 356th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 15th fastest in New York.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 505 feet (153m)
Min Elevation: 244 feet (74m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Rochester Marathon

1 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2016 Rochester Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


Extremely hilly. If you want to qualify for Boston, avoid this race!

Race Tips

Save your energy in the early miles because the hills in the middle and end of the race will destroy you.

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

review of 2016 Rochester Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


The course was awful. Hills, hills, hills.

Race Tips

Expect a gigantic hill near the end. Everyone walked up it.

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

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Rochester Marathon in 3:19:00, 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.