The B & A Trail course is mostly flat and can be a good course to PR on or qualify for the Boston Marathon (BQ).
The course is an out-and-back on mostly on a rails to trails path. The first mile of the marathon course is on residential streets and the remainder is on the B & A Trail which is an asphalt bike and running path. The course is on gentle railroad grade and only has one moderate hill at mile seven.
The typical race day temperature is conducive for fast marathon times. However, it is early Spring or late Winter (depending on the race date) in the northern Mid-Atlantic, so snow or very chilly weather is possible.
The B and A Trail Marathon was the 292nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 273rd largest in 2015.
Last year 18.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 20.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the B and A Trail Marathon the 51st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 35th highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 98.75 ranks it as the 227th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 5th fastest course in Maryland.
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 B and A Trail Marathon a PR Score of 98.75. This PR Score ranks it as the 166th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Maryland.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.