The Shires of Vermont is a point-to-point race from Bennington to Manchester Center, Vermont. The course follows mainly secondary roads through the villages of North Bennington, Shaftsbury, and Arlington, the campus of Bennington College, and rural countryside.
The course has a net elevation loss of 160 feet; however, the course is challenging with lots of rolling hills.
Approximately eight miles of the course consists of hard-packed dirt.
Rankings will be listed for 2017 at the end of the year.
In 2015, 2.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon.
It ranks 445th in the U.S. in the percentage of finishers achieving Boston Marathon qualifying times in 2015.
Its Course Score of 96.93 ranks it as the 371st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Vermont.
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 Shires of Vermont Marathon a PR Score of 96.63. This PR Score ranks it as the 346th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Vermont.
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