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Charlottesville Marathon

Charlottesville, VA

Race Dates

2018: Saturday, April 7, 2018
2017: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 67°F (19°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 94.78
Course Score: 94.78

Race Size

2017: 226 Finishers
2016: 233 Finishers
2015: 290 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 5.8%
2016: 4.3%
2015: 4.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The challenging Charlottesville Marathon course starts and finishes near historic downtown Charlottesville, Virginia then traverse some of the most scenic and historic areas on the East Coast.

Proceeding out of Charlottesville, the course runs past many historic sites including Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda, located at the University of Virginia. Runners will proceed through the Albemarle Wine and Horse country, then back through some of Charlottesville's most historic downtown neighborhoods.

Runners will get a break from the rolling course for two miles starting just past mile 22 as the course goes along the flat, paved Riverview Park footpath.

Marathon Rankings

The Charlottesville Marathon was the 248th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 223rd largest in 2015.

This year 5.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 4.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Charlottesville Marathon the 407th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 91st highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 94.78 ranks it as the 403rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Virginia.

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 Charlottesville Marathon a PR Score of 94.78. This PR Score ranks it as the 395th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Virginia.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 613 feet (186m)
Min Elevation: 310 feet (94m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Charlottesville Marathon

1 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Charlottesville Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


The course is very scenic and the town has a great atmosphere. The race, unfortunately, is very poorly organized -- in 2013 the mile markers did not seem to be accurate (some with GPS watches indicated that mile marker 2 was actually closer to 2.5, for example), and the course lacked clocks reflecting time elapsed since the start. I've tried this race twice but won't be back, since it seems its organization hasn't improved.

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