Sunday, May 7, 2017
Mostly on Road/Pavement
Race Day Weather
43° F (6°C)
PR Score & Course Score
PR Score: 97.78
Course Score: 97.78
2017: 103 Finishers
2016: 108 Finishers
2015: 109 Finishers
The flat Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon course is several loops on dirt roads around the reservoir.
The course is uphill as it leaves the reservoir, then gradual, rolling downhill along Mountain Rd., mostly flat along Rock Valley Rd., flat and dirt country road on Cook Rd., mostly flat and straight along residential Pomeroy St., gradual rolling hills on Hendrick St., flat and fast on East and Northhampton Streets (about 5 miles), then 2 miles gradually uphill with the final half mile sharply uphill.
The Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon was the 387th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 381st largest in 2015.
This year 10.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon the 172nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 82nd highest percentage so far in 2017.
Its Course Score of 97.78 ranks it as the 328th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 8th fastest course in Massachusetts.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon a PR Score of 97.78. This PR Score ranks it as the 280th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Massachusetts.
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