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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, November 3, 2018
2017: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.45
Course Score: 97.45

Race Size

2017: 850 Finishers
2016: 882 Finishers
2015: 922 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 9.3%
2016: 7.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Charlotte Marathon was the 96th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 95th largest in 2016.

Last year 9.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Charlotte Marathon the 218th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 299th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 97.45 ranks it as the 358th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 10th fastest course in North Carolina.

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 Charlotte Marathon a PR Score of 97.45. This PR Score ranks it as the 309th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 8th fastest in North Carolina.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 772 feet (235m)
Min Elevation: 614 feet (187m)


Recent Charlotte Marathon Reviews

4.3 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2016 Charlotte Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The Charlotte community was great. I loved the architecture and sculptures throughout the city. The marathon course was gently rolling, but the last mile was really tough, up a big hill, busy road, and (not the race's fault) very windy. It was a tough course as far as hills are concerned, but definitely easier than Atlanta hils.

Race Tips

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

review of 2016 Charlotte Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The first half of the marathon is awesome - beautiful neighborhoods, great crowd support, etc. but the back half gets a little lonely. There are some rolling hills but nothing too hateful; although I would say the final mile being uphill on a busy street was not particularly fun. Lastly, the two times I've ran this there has been a pretty strong headwind from about mile 11 to 18 so be prepared.

Race Tips

I had a problem with my GPS getting lost during the 2 times in the city so I showed as running 26.83 instead of 26.2 which really altered my perceived pace - I missed my goal by of under 4 hours when I finished 4:00:50

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review of 2016 Charlotte Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Beautiful course with rolling hills, awesome fan support, ample water/gatorade stations along the route and porte-potties, well organized, great finisher medal.

Race Tips

Train hills! No hill is super steep or long, but there aren't really many stretches of flat

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

Lots of uptown parking, you can even take the light rail in.

Finish Time Equivalent

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