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St. George Marathon

St. George, UT

Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Saturday, October 1, 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: 70°F (21°C)
Average Low: 37° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 101.81
Course Score: 101.81

Race Size

2016: 5,417 Finishers
2015: 5,461 Finishers
2014: 5,802 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 14.1%
2015: 16.6%
2014: 16.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The St. George Marathon is a popular choice for those looking for fast Fall marathon times. The net downhill, point-to-point course starts nearly a mile up in the Pine Valley Mountains and descends 2600 feet to the finish.

Although the course drops nearly a half mile in elevation from start to finish, there are a few uphills along the course as well.

Marathon Rankings

The St. George Marathon was the 15th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 14th largest in 2014.

This year 14.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 16.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the St. George Marathon the 67th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 99th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 101.81 ranks it as the 13th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Utah.

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 St. George Marathon a PR Score of 101.81. This PR Score ranks it as the 13th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Utah.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 5244 feet (1598m)
Min Elevation: 2685 feet (818m)


Ratings & Reviews for the St. George Marathon

5 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2016 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Tough uphill at mile 7 just as tough downhill around mile 15.

Race Tips

Great support

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

review of 2016 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


The St. George marathon is extremely well organized with great race volunteers and very supportive crowds. Weather can vary greatly from year to year, and if it is warm, it can feel really warm. Beautiful scenery and a great crowd. After 40 years of running it, they pretty much have it down.

Race Tips

The overall course profile is downhill, but there are a couple of significant climbs. Generally, the second half is faster - unless you fade badly like I did. Hydrate, it is the desert. Pace yourself at the finish - longest finish alley ever - the barricades start .75 mile out, and you can see the finish, but it is still a ways off.

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

Book your hotel early. The town fills up. It is point-to-point, with an early morning bus ride out to the starting point, then run back to the town center. Don't hesitate to take an early bus, as they have food, fires, music, blankets, etc at the start.

review of 2011 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This marathon was my first ever and I loved it!!! Great run, and great volunteer help at each station. They also provide icy hot at the later stations which was a complete Godsend!!!!

Race Tips

Don't let anyone tell you there are no hills in this race, and I promise you, that you will not hit a wall, because there are no walls on the course!!!!

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

Plan to ride the first bus. It's not that cold in the morning, I didn't even bring a jacket or pants, they have plenty of fires to keep warm.

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