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 342nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 271st largest in 2014.
This year 11.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 17% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Vernonia Marathon the 62nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 117th highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 99.92 ranks it as the 32nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st 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 29th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Oregon.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.