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Race Dates

2016: Saturday, November 12, 2016
2015: TBD

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 59°F (15°C)
Average High: 73°F (22°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.75
Course Score: 98.90

Race Size

2015: No Results
2014: 864 Finishers
2013: 1,092 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: N/A
2014: 5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

Located in Southern California's "American Riviera," the Santa Barbara Marathon's point-to-point course begins in the Goleta Valley, winds through Santa Barbara's Mesa community, and finishes with a two-mile descent to the Pacific Ocean.

Marathon Rankings

The Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon was the 108th largest marathon in the U.S. in 2014. Ranking for last year will be updated once the results have been posted.

In 2014, 5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon.

It ranks 361st in the U.S. in the percentage of finishers achieving Boston Marathon qualifying times in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.90 ranks it as the 196th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 21st fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon a PR Score of 98.75. This PR Score ranks it as the 159th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 15th fastest in California.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 187 feet (57m)
Min Elevation: 9 feet (2m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon

0 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2012 Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon.   

0 / 5 Stars


Race organizers were great to deal with on some specific requests that I had. Buses to the race start were a bit of a zoo--races started late because no one could get there in time due to lack of the right number of buses to support the races--hopefully that is fixed for 2013!

Race Tips

The course though very sustained and pretty forgiving for the first 18 miles really gets tough with the final hills...a negative split is hard to run time-wise; effort wise, a negative split is likely to be about 4-10 mins. slower on the back half when compared to a similiar overall "effort" on the more forgiving front half when your legs are fresh and the course is more flat.

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

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon in 3:54:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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