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Ventura Marathon

Ventura, CA

Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Sunday, September 11, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 67°F (19°C)
Average High: 75°F (23°C)
Average Low: 59° F (15°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.28
Course Score: 99.59

Race Size

2016: 688 Finishers
2015: 785 Finishers
2014: 879 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 16.9%
2015: 12%
2014: 16.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Ventura Marathon is a scenic flat and fast course. The course travels from the Ventura Pier to the Port Hueneme Pier and back.

The highest point onthe course is less than 100 feet in elevation with no real hills.

Marathon Rankings

The Ventura Marathon was the 107th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 105th largest in 2014.

This year 16.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 12% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Ventura Marathon the 131st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 48th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.59 ranks it as the 75th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 9th fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Ventura Marathon a PR Score of 96.28. This PR Score ranks it as the 355th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 35th fastest in California.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 30 feet (9m)
Min Elevation: 5 feet (1m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Ventura Marathon

3 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2016 Ventura Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Weather is generally great, ideal in 2016 but unfavorable the year prior.

Whether this is a good marathon depends on your goal. Not necessarily a small town marathon but one that has a great community feel which is nice.

Some bigger issues though if your goal is to BQ. They promote it as a fast BQ qualifying race and at 16% of finishers hitting that it's not decent. But isolate Men 30-39 and that group underperformed at ~12%. A more difficult time cap for sure, but the director failed in two key areas to help people qualify. First - they promoted pace groups which is sought out by many trying to attain a BQ. However, after listing 3 and 3:05 nobody actually showed up to pace at those times. The fastest pacer was 3:10. Considering you need to pad yourself by a few minutes this really means no male under the age of 40 actually had a pacer that helped them attain a time to get into Boston. I chose this race solely to BQ and they falsely promoted what they were providing.

Second, also a BQ issue - they ran the half and full over the same course. Only the last few miles overlapped the lead marathoners with the half walkers. Meaning, as a marathoner you were literally having to run the last 3 miles weaving around people walking and at times having to shout at them to get out of the way because it was completely blocked. Incredibly poor planning. I BQ'd but imagine a few people missed theirs because of this. Not fun to have to manage around people like this after 23 miles.

Not sure if it was short sightedness, ignorance or laziness to why this happened the way it did. Really poor planning.

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