The Vernonia Marathon starts at Cedar Ridge Retreat Center in Vernonia, goes around the lake, and proceeds onto the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, and finishes at Banks High School on the track.
Most of the course runs along the paved trail, through scenic woods on an abandoned railroad bed. The course is mostly flat, with a gradual uphill from Miles 9 to 13 and downhill from Mile 14 to 21, where it is flat to the finish.
The Vernonia Marathon was the 304th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 302nd largest in 2016.
Last year 19.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Vernonia Marathon the 59th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 162nd highest percentage in 2016.
Its Course Score of 99.92 ranks it as the 37th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Oregon.
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 Vernonia Marathon a PR Score of 99.92. This PR Score ranks it as the 35th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Oregon.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.