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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, February 18, 2018
2017: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Multiple Loops
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 34°F (1°C)
Average High: 41°F (5°C)
Average Low: 26° F (-3°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.21
Course Score: 99.21

Race Size

2017: 62 Finishers
2016: 56 Finishers
2015: 54 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 25.8%
2016: 28.6%
2015: 20.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

**Formerly the Warm up for Boston Marathon**

The Warm up for Boston course consists of a flat 1 mile loop completed 26 times.

With average race day temperatures in the 30's, you may need to brave the cold, but these favorable marathon temperatures, coupled with a very flat course could help you achieve a PR or Boston Qualifier (BQ).

Marathon Rankings

The Warm up Columbus was the 525th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 509th largest in 2015.

This year 25.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 28.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Warm up Columbus the 16th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 21st highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 99.21 ranks it as the 151st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 8th fastest course in Ohio.

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 Warm up Columbus a PR Score of 99.21. This PR Score ranks it as the 106th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Ohio.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 882 feet (268m)
Min Elevation: 866 feet (264m)


Recent Warm up Columbus Reviews

2 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2016 Warm up Columbus.   

3 / 5 Stars


No pace groups faster than 3:25 - despite what was advertised.

Race Tips

The downhill in the first half of the course is severe. The cardio benefit is surpassed by the negative impact the downhill takes on the body. I slowed significantly from miles 14-20 and actually picked up the pace a bit once I hit the last couple of miles on the flat in Azusa.

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

Lots of parking, good finish line support.

review of 2015 Warm up Columbus.   

1 / 5 Stars


I realize the organizers had no control of the weather, and all the more reason they should have cancelled. Exactly a mile of course to prepare and over a third of it was covered in ice and snow. No portalets. No promised timing displays. And if this is a race for people desperate to qualify for Boston, how could you possibly use gun time? If you can't get portalets on the course you have no business running a race or being sanctioned. Period.

Race Tips

Avoid this and take a serious look at any future Premier event.

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

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Warm up Columbus in 4:46:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.