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Race Dates

2019: TBD
2018: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Multiple Out and Backs
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 51°F (10°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.34
Course Score: 99.34

Race Size

2018: 148 Finishers
2017: 181 Finishers
2016: 175 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: 7.4%
2017: 8.3%
2016: 5.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The USA Fit Marathon course goes from the University of Houston-Sugar Land campus, past the Sugar Land Memorial Park and into the New Territory neighborhood, and back to the University of Houston.

It is a very flat, fast course that consists of two out and backs. There is less than 20 feet of elevation change between the high and low points of the course.

Marathon Rankings

The USA Fit Marathon was the 276th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 291st largest in 2016.

This year 7.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2017.

This gives the USA Fit Marathon the 246th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 26th highest percentage so far in 2018.

Its Course Score of 99.34 ranks it as the 129th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 9th fastest course in Texas.

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 USA Fit Marathon a PR Score of 99.34. This PR Score ranks it as the 90th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Texas.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 86 feet (26m)
Min Elevation: 62 feet (18m)


Recent USA Fit Marathon Reviews

3.6 Stars from 5 Reviews
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review of 2017 USA Fit Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


This was a fun event, but I would recommend the half rather than the marathon. The course is very boring 2 loops and the second loop is very sparse of other people. It's a flat course with a few slight bridges.

Race Tips

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Easy to park. Get there at least an hour early.

review of 2017 USA Fit Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great course and logistics. Excellent communication.

Need more variety and more food vendors

Race Tips

Preparation is key, especially the week prior. Hydration, carb loading and rest during your taper week. Vitamin cocktails help with strength and iron stores. Recover on recovery days, and include HIIT training that is nonlinear to get your body accustomed to different movements.

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

Parking seemed stressful due to areas being blocked. Provide discount coupons for finishers on race day, example free personal pizza or a percentage off. This used to be offered. We want to feel celebrated because some of us have no one to cheer us on.

review of 2017 USA Fit Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Well organized. Everything seemed to "flow" well from arriving in the a.m. with FREE parking to the start line to the race to the finish line and after party. For the $ you get not just a finisher tshirt, but a pullover or back back or sweatshirt and large medal. Definitely bang for your buck. Smaller race, but I tend to like that. No expo to deal with. No pkg to pay for at Expo or race day. No worries about where will I park. Don't get me wrong. Like the big races too, but if you haven't tried a small race like this try it and compare for yourself to see if you have a preference. Course has changed since I ran it last. No longer 100% flat, but still 98% flat. Sufficient water stations and potties. Race lacks crowd support unfortunately so if this is important to you it won't be found here. Would like to see them do more to bring out the local high school bands, cheer squads, dance clubs, etc..... It all helps! This is NOT a critique, but just my personal preference......would prefer the finisher jacket instead of a pullover. Regardless both are very nice and better than most other races! This was my 31st marathon so I have a few races to compare it too! ;)

Race Tips

If you are looking for a race to BQ and have been struggling this may be a good option! About as flat as you can get (minus a few very very slight inclines, but short in length) and small crowds so not held back by other runners.

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review of 2015 USA Fit Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Well organized, fun race with excellent course support and volunteers! The marathon is designed to give everyone the opportunity to complete it. I have a full review on my blog:

Race Tips

Fast course that goes up and down University Boulevard

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

Parking is a breeze at the University of Houston campus.

review of 2015 USA Fit Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


Every year is a new adventure and was silly enough to do it 3 times. Course changes every year and this year, we ended up running through each other due to race not staying on course. Apparently, the race director did not ride out with the police to ensure he went the right way. Got to water station 1. I depend on this to ensure hydration stays constant. No one and no water out. WTH! To start a race off like this is unfathomable. After 3 different courses, water issues, walkers 3 across causing runners to go into the traffic lane and the pretty high price, never again. See my running friends after this race as it is not fun.

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