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Fastest Marathon Courses


This list ranks the fastest marathons based on the race's Course Score. The Course Score for each marathon is created from an algorithm derived from research on how grade and elevation affect marathon running performance (race time weather is not factored in). For more detailed information, please visit the FAQ.

The BQ % is the percentage of runners who qualified for the Boston Marathon according to the latest race results. Although it is not always indicative of a fast or slow course, the percent of Boston Marathon qualifiers can provide insight into the quality of the field and/or the speed of the course.

To see a ranking of marathons based on the weather factors, in addition to the course characteristics, visit the Fastest Marathons page.

The list only includes certified marathon courses. Keep in mind that Course Scores and ranking assume very good course management and pacing - especially for the extremely downhill races.


Race Name Course Score BQ % Elevation
1 REVEL Canyon City Marathon
Azusa, CA
110.94
21.70%
Elevation
2 Freakin Fast Marathon
Boise, ID
106.22
16.84%
Elevation
3 Jack and Jills Downhill Marathon
North Bend, WA
105.10
18.10%
Elevation
4 Peak to Creek Marathon
Morganton, NC
105.03
19.52%
Elevation
5 REVEL Mt. Charleston Marathon
Las Vegas, NV
104.89
38.85%
Elevation
6 Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon
North Bend, WA
104.37
27.41%
Elevation
7 Tunnel Light Marathon
North Bend, WA
104.37
34.33%
Elevation
8 Tunnel Vision Marathon
North Bend, WA
104.37
30.22%
Elevation
9 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
Cottonwood, UT
103.82
28.73%
Elevation
10 Leavenworth Marathon
Leavenworth, WA
102.80
10.14%
Elevation
11 Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon
Stroudsburg, PA
102.43
37.03%
Elevation
12 Ventura Marathon
Ventura, CA
102.33
16.86%
Elevation
13 Dog Lake Marathon
White Pass, WA
102.09
16.67%
Elevation
14 St. George Marathon
St. George, UT
101.81
14.10%
Elevation
15 Phoenix Marathon
Mesa, AZ
101.67
20.07%
Elevation
16 Buckeye Marathon
Buckeye, AZ
101.31
12.84%
Elevation
17 Steamtown Marathon
Scranton, PA
100.98
20.74%
Elevation
18 Tucson Marathon
Tucson, AZ
100.73
13.96%
Elevation
19 Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope
Hamilton, ON
100.69
27.20%
Elevation
20 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon
Ventura, CA
100.54
29.33%
Elevation
21 Whistlestop Marathon
Ashland, WI
100.50
10.86%
Elevation
22 California International Marathon
Sacramento, CA
100.38
22.88%
Elevation
23 Toronto GoodLife Marathon
Toronto, ON
100.28
Elevation
24 Huntsville Marathon
Huntsville, UT
100.25
24.10%
Elevation
25 Two Rivers Marathon (Sunday)
Lackawaxen, PA
100.17
17.24%
Elevation









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