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Shiprock Marathon

Shiprock, NM

Race Dates

2017: Saturday, May 13, 2017
2016: Saturday, May 7, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 69°F (20°C)
Average Low: 37° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 94.22
Course Score: 94.22

Race Size

2016: 227 Finishers
2015: 201 Finishers
2014: 235 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 9.7%
2015: 5.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Shiprock Marathon begins near Red Valley, less than a mile from the border with Arizona on Route 13. The point-to-point road course passes by the spectacular Shiprock, which is an 1800' volcanic cinder cone, visible during most of the Marathon.

The course has a few hills, mostly long gradual inclines. The Marathon begins at an elevation of 5900 feet, peaks at 6100 feet at mile 3, and finishes at an altitude of 4850 feet.

The final six miles are a gentle downhill grade.

Marathon Rankings

The Shiprock Marathon was the 250th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 280th largest in 2015.

Last year 9.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Shiprock Marathon the 221st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 354th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 94.22 ranks it as the 407th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in New Mexico.

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 Shiprock Marathon a PR Score of 94.22. This PR Score ranks it as the 400th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in New Mexico.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 6100 feet (1859m)
Min Elevation: 4952 feet (1509m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Shiprock Marathon

1 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2015 Shiprock Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


First of all, when you send an email to race officials who have stated, "Contact me for anything," and you don't get a response, it's probably not going to be the response you wanted to hear! Once I was in the area and saw the course, it was unclear where spectators could cheer on their families. It was only on race day when found out they would not be allowed on the road where you run the first 19 miles! I have had training runs with more support! The stops where fuel was supposed to be often had 1 person sitting behind a table and you were expected to grab it off the table on the go--- no helpful people offering water; no gel or chomps at the ready to grab (never saw gels the 1st 19 miles either). And the biggest failure was the lack of port-o-lets! Maybe a dozen at the start, a few at mile 3ish (with a long line), maybe 1 at mile 9ish, but forget seeing any others until you reach civilization at mile 20! The marathon description raves about the Shiprock view. Sure you see it for a short time, but unless you always look sideways when you run, or backwards, the view is pretty bleak. And the scenic pictures they promise you'll receive---only got 1 of me! Their response was that maybe my number was obscured. Not a chance. Even in the ONE they took, you could see it front & center on my shirt. No one was around me as I ran! How they couldn't have taken freakin' amazing photos is beyond me. Room for LOADS of improvement with this race. My recommendation would be to let spectators into the first 19 miles!

Race Tips

Plan for sun---not a smidge of shade! A local told me if race day didn't have scorching sun, it's usually windy. The course map looks mostly downhill, but these are gradual, rolling, highway kickers. The marathon pack breaks up quickly, so plan to run you against the clock. No one near you. No one cheering. Just you, the open road and bright sun.

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

Nothing around there. You'll probably stay in the nearest decent town 25 miles east. You drive to the finish and a shuttle takes you to the start. No pumped up race person at the start to get you going. Some traditional Native music then they yell, "GO!"

Finish Time Equivalent

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