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Race Dates

2019: TBD
2018: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 46°F (7°C)
Average High: 58°F (14°C)
Average Low: 34° F (1°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.91
Course Score: 97.91

Race Size

2018: 129 Finishers
2017: 90 Finishers
2016: 127 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: 10.9%
2017: 13.3%
2016: 9.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Callaway Gardens Marathon course consists of two loops. It is entirely within the resort and passes along tree-lined roads and winding bike paths. You'll go past the Butterfly Center, Discovery Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, the Chapel, Brothers Azalea Bowl and The Vegetable Garden.

There are some challenging hills on this rolling course and the course slows when it turns onto the winding bike paths - especially on the second loop.

Marathon Rankings

The Callaway Gardens Marathon was the 386th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 343rd largest in 2016.

This year 10.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2017.

This gives the Callaway Gardens Marathon the 131st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 13th highest percentage so far in 2018.

Its Course Score of 97.91 ranks it as the 317th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 9th fastest course in Georgia.

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 Callaway Gardens Marathon a PR Score of 97.91. This PR Score ranks it as the 269th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 8th fastest in Georgia.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 921 feet (280m)
Min Elevation: 753 feet (229m)


Recent Callaway Gardens Marathon Reviews

4.3 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2017 Callaway Gardens Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


One of the most beautiful courses we've seen --- winding roads and bike paths through beautiful forests alongside small lakes. It's a double-loop but is so scenic that that's not an issue. Very well organized. Small (less than 100 marathoners, but a few hundred half-marathoners) very quiet, and almost no fan support, which some may prefer. An easy 85-minute drive from Atlanta. Temperatures were very cool---perfect for running.

Race Tips

Pacers available, good post-race food, sufficient aid stations (with Cerasport, and one with pickle juice!), and porta-potties on course.

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

Plentiful parking adjacent to start, very inexpensive lodging in Atlanta with AirBNB, flights to Atlanta from other major airports can be inexpensive.

review of 2016 Callaway Gardens Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


2016 - A very well-organized race. Apparently, Callaway Gardens handed the event over to a new management company, because I did not experience any of the problems noted by past reviewers. The water stations were well-manned and well-stocked. Post-race snacks were plentiful, with the standard fruit, cookies, and even pizza. Not many spectators because it's basically a nature run, but the ones who happened along were enthusiastic. Weather was perfect - 32 degrees at the gun, 60 by the finish. I had a great time.

Race Tips

Rolling hills. Easy to go out too fast, but you want to save energy for the incline between miles 5-8 and 18-21.

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

Host hotel on property was a good deal, less than a mile from the start.

review of 2010 Callaway Gardens Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


I'd call this just an average marathon. It is two loops around the Callaway Gardens resort in winter. It's a small race (~100) plus the half marathoners. Usually had to grab my own cups at the aid stations. The people didn't hand them out. I really did like that the awards are given as you finish - you don't have to wait around for everyone to be done.

Race Tips

There are some pretty short steep climbs on the course that will wear on you. Also, a good part of the race takes place on narrow bike trails. These trails are often uneven and very curvy. Take it easy the first couple of downhill miles - they are deceptively fast and you'll be cooked by the time you hit the hilly sections. Once you hit the turn around at miles ~9 and 22 (I think) it is downhill and flat to the halfway and finish.

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

Stayed at the lodge and is pretty nice. You can walk to the start/finish from there. It will be dark though. Plenty of parking at the start/finish at Robin Lake.

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