**2016 Shires of Vermont Marathon has been cancelled**
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.
The Shires of Vermont Marathon was the 320th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 224th largest in 2014.
Last year 2.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.
This gives the Shires of Vermont Marathon the 446th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 282nd highest percentage in 2014.
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 345th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Vermont.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.