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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, March 19, 2017
2016: Sunday, March 13, 2016

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

2016: 974 Finishers
2015: 1,145 Finishers
2014: 1,105 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 10.4%
2015: 14.7%
2014: 9.8%

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 83rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 92nd largest in 2014.

This year 10.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 14.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Tobacco Road Marathon the 88th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 164th highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 97.98 ranks it as the 299th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th 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 255th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th 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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Ratings & Reviews for the Tobacco Road Marathon

5 Stars from 4 Reviews



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!!



review of 2014 Tobacco Road Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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




Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Tobacco Road Marathon in 3:44:00, 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.