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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, March 18, 2018
2017: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Mostly on Trails
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.98
Course Score: 97.98

Race Size

2017: 868 Finishers
2016: 974 Finishers
2015: 1,145 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 19.9%
2016: 10.4%
2015: 14.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Tobacco Road Marathon course is comprised of many rolling hills. However, it is run on the American Tobacco Trail which is relatively flat with gentle inclines and declines. The course was formerly an old railroad bed so any grades are very gradual.

The first and last 2.5 miles of the course are on paved roadways and the American Tobacco Trail surface is compacted screenings with some sections a combination of asphalt and compacted screenings.


Marathon Rankings

The Tobacco Road Marathon was the 89th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 83rd largest in 2015.

This year 19.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Tobacco Road Marathon the 195th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 45th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 97.98 ranks it as the 314th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in North Carolina.

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 Tobacco Road Marathon a PR Score of 97.98. This PR Score ranks it as the 264th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in North Carolina.

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


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 383 feet (116m)
Min Elevation: 229 feet (69m)

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Recent Tobacco Road Marathon Reviews

4.2 Stars from 6 Reviews
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review of 2017 Tobacco Road Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

A fast but boring course. Run with a pacer or friend.

Race Tips

There are not many clocks on the course, so a pace group or group of friends your speed is helpful.

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

Carpool



review of 2017 Tobacco Road Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars

Review

The course is not even close to being flat as advertised and the lack of pavement makes it even slower.

Race Tips


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




review of 2016 Tobacco Road Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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




review of 2016 Tobacco Road Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Loved it. Great race.

Race Tips


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




review of 2015 Tobacco Road Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Loved the organization from packet pickup to after race party. Flattest marathon course!

Race Tips

Stay close to the pacers if want to PR. Drink water at every station!

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

The earlier you arrive the better! Get the parking pass!!



Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Tobacco Road Marathon in 4:06:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.