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Run for the Ranch Marathon

Springfield, MO

Race Dates

2017: Saturday, December 30, 2017
2016: Saturday, December 31, 2016

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

2016: 71 Finishers
2015: 107 Finishers
2014: 94 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 8.5%
2015: 13.1%

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

The Run for the Ranch Marathon was the 485th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 384th largest in 2015.

Last year 8.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Run for the Ranch Marathon the 268th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 110th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.87 ranks it as the 206th 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 150th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Missouri.

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Elevation Chart

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


Ratings & Reviews for the Run for the Ranch Marathon

4.5 Stars from 2 Reviews

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 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.

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