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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Saturday, December 30, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Multiple Loops
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 33°F (0°C)
Average High: 43°F (6°C)
Average Low: 23° F (-5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.87
Course Score: 98.87

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: No Results
2016: 71 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: N/A
2016: 8.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Run for the Ranch Marathon course starts and finishes at Parking Lot #24 at Kings St. and Grand St. on the MSU Campus.

The course is eight loops of a flat 3.275 mile course.

Marathon Rankings

Rankings will be listed for 2018 at the end of the year.

In 2016, 8.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon.

It ranks 261st in the U.S. in the percentage of finishers achieving Boston Marathon qualifying times in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.87 ranks it as the 225th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Missouri.

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 Run for the Ranch Marathon a PR Score of 98.87. This PR Score ranks it as the 165th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Missouri.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1316 feet (401m)
Min Elevation: 1280 feet (390m)


Recent Run for the Ranch Marathon Reviews

4.7 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2015 Run for the Ranch Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Good support, easy course.

Race Tips

8 laps, can be chilly.

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

review of 2015 Run for the Ranch Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I ran this in 2015 6 days after the Dallas Marathon (which sucked for me) and the weather was perfection. It was about 45 degrees the whole time, crisp and sunny. Our parking spot was literally 25 feet from the finish line. I loved the 8 loop course because it was super flat, you knew exactly where the aid station was, they got to know you and what you wanted and the on-course support was great!

Race Tips

You run under the timing area each lap and can see your time on the clock - helps you figure out if you are on pace, if you're trying for that! There is a short section in the middle where you see the other runners on course, so that was fun to "high five" and "good job" versus the boredom of never seeing anyone!

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

My friend and I stayed at her sister's house in town. No traffic, parking is literally RIGHT THERE. 10 am start is great for a cold race. Highly recommend!

review of 2013 Run for the Ranch Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


I really like these smaller more intimate races. This is run by the Ozark Mtn Ridge Runners and my experience is races run by local running groups really get it! This race is 100 plus in the full and 200 plus in the half. The course is a 3.2 plus loop done 8 times (4 for the half). Many folks complained about this but I like it. You know exactly what to expect and when the aid stops appear. I think a runner attempting to run for a PR would do well with this set-up.

Race Tips

The loop is very flat. There are no hills but there are a few false flats. My garmin said I had 364 feet gained for the whole race. In 2013 we had ideal weather but usually runners can expect cold temps. The race begins at 10:00 to help with that. I'm not fond of the later starts but maybe I'd feel differently if it had been 20 degrees. There is one aid stop that we pass twice every lap and it has sports drink, gels and enthusiastic volunteers. After the race there's a heated tent w/ pizza and more traditional race food.

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

I stayed @ the Holiday Inn express which was about 5 minutes from the race start. The loop begins and ends on the Missouri State campus and there's a large, super convenient parking lot. Runners can easily arrive under 30 minutes before the start. There is a race day packet pick-up.

Finish Time Equivalent

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