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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 100.98
Course Score: 100.98

Race Size

2017: No Results
2016: 1,712 Finishers
2015: 2,229 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 20.7%
2015: 19.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Steamtown Marathon course may be downhill and fast, but runners should be cautious about going out too fast in the early downhill miles. There are three hills in the last 3 miles that can be difficult if the early miles were too aggressive and fatigued your quads.

The marathon course features a full net elevation drop of 970 feet. It has been a popular Fall destination for runners seeking PRs and BQs.

Marathon Rankings

The Steamtown Marathon was the 55th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 43rd largest in 2015.

Last year 20.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 19.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Steamtown Marathon the 38th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 41st highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 100.98 ranks it as the 21st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Pennsylvania.

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 Steamtown Marathon a PR Score of 100.98. This PR Score ranks it as the 18th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Pennsylvania.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1697 feet (517m)
Min Elevation: 712 feet (217m)


Recent Steamtown Marathon Reviews

4.6 Stars from 15 Reviews
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review of 2016 Steamtown Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is a very well organized marathon. Start by studyng the course description and the related reviews in its' web page to decide if this marathon is for you. Do not expect to have a PR or BQ without proper training, as in any other marathon, and just run it. Do not try to bank time in the first 12 downhill miles to avoid destroying your quads for the relatively 3 tough hills in the last 3-4 miles. This is a suggestion of many seasoned runners that actually have run this marathon. My personal experience was gratifying, even without getting a PR that could get me to Boston. Believe me, not complains at all, very beautiful course, the support amazing, I have not enough words to praise all the details that make this a marathon for marathoners.

Race Tips

As mentioned just run your marathon, preferably trying to keep an even pace, or at least not running more than 5-10 seconds faster per mile during the first half.

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

Because of the location I think that there is not better hotel than the Hilton in downtown: very close tho the finish line and the buses that go to the start.

review of 2016 Steamtown Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


It's NOT easy. The last 4 miles are tougher than most marathons!

Race Tips

Do not bank time in beginning. Relax as much as possible! Mile 8-18 are downhill, but barely. Be prepared to work during those miles as well.

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

LOVED the Hilton.

review of 2016 Steamtown Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great, fast course. Course and race management was excellent. Hometown and family feel. Lots of good support from the locals showed it is appreciated by community. Funny weekly emails and updates leading up to the race.

Race Tips

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

review of 2016 Steamtown Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

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

review of 2016 Steamtown Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Liked: Great organization, beautiful course, and gorgeous medals. Very friendly and one of my favorites (I love small town marathons.) Also enjoyed the weight classes.

Didn't like: don't expect much of an expo, and they ran out of the coolest shirt. (The women's shirts were awful- no trains on them! It's Steamtown! They should have trains!)

Race Tips

You will either love or hate this course, depending on how smartly you run it. I ran consistent energy rather than pace- a lot of people may have passed me in the beginning, but I passed a LOT of them back in the last eight miles. Run it smart and this is a PR course. Run it wrong and your legs will be hating life.

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

Finish Time Equivalent

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