From the race website - The Whistlestop Marathon course offers a flat and fast running trail surface that is firm but is much more forgiving to the knees then asphalt.
The course stretches from two miles east of Iron River, Wisconsin and features ten re-decked railroad trestles, wetlands, trout streams, Chequamegon National Forest woodlands, dairy farms, residential neighborhoods and traffic-free quiet. Being a fall marathon, the course will feature some of the nation's finest autumn colors.
The Whistlestop Marathon was the 232nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 214th largest in 2015.
Last year 10.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Whistlestop Marathon the 178th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 112th highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 100.50 ranks it as the 20th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Wisconsin.
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 Whistlestop Marathon a PR Score of 100.50. This PR Score ranks it as the 19th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Wisconsin.
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