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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, May 7, 2017
2016: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Multiple Loops
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: Request Score
Course Score: Request Score

Race Size

2016: 108 Finishers
2015: 109 Finishers
2014: 191 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 11.1%
2015: 9.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

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.

Marathon Rankings

The Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon was the 389th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 387th largest in 2015.

Last year 11.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

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 221st highest percentage in 2015.

There are currently no Course or PR Scores for the Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon. If you would like scores calculated, send a request here.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 560 feet (170m)
Min Elevation: 134 feet (40m)

No course elevation available at this time.

Ratings & Reviews for the Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon

0 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon.   

0 / 5 Stars


I ran this twice: The first two loops are awesome great views of the reservoir and wide dirt road with some slight hills; This course lacks support so if you need that and a lot of noise this is not your race: you will be running alone a lot: The course is well marked with water stops. The finish is a challenge 2 miles slight to moderate uphill with the last 3/4 mile slightly steep.

Race Tips

Save something for the finish hills. bring your support team if you need one. maybe carry water if afraid or need more than usual. I feel finishing this marathon is an accomplishment because it is a challenge. This is one of the oldest in the country(I was told)

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

Northampton is a great town to visit, plan a weekend there.

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