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Grand Lake Marathon

Celina, OH

Race Dates

2017: Saturday, September 23, 2017
2016: Saturday, September 24, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 59°F (15°C)
Average High: 69°F (20°C)
Average Low: 48° F (8°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.96
Course Score: 99.46

Race Size

2016: 142 Finishers
2015: 226 Finishers
2014: 366 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 7.8%
2015: 10.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Grand Lake Marathon is an mostly flat loop course, mainly around Grand Lake. There is only approximately 50 feet between the high and low points of the course which gives runners an excellent chance at PRs and BQs.

Marathon Rankings

The Grand Lake Marathon was the 338th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 260th largest in 2015.

Last year 7.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Grand Lake Marathon the 294th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 168th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.46 ranks it as the 100th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Ohio.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Grand Lake Marathon a PR Score of 98.96. This PR Score ranks it as the 137th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 9th fastest in Ohio.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 911 feet (277m)
Min Elevation: 859 feet (261m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Grand Lake Marathon

5 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2016 Grand Lake Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

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

review of 2016 Grand Lake Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This was my first time running this race in 2016. My wife ran the half and I ran the full. The race is smaller which makes it easier to pr. The volunteers at the water stops were amazing! There was also on course entertainment which awesome. They guys who did the drums rocked it. There was no issue with cars. Any cars were quickly addressed by race staff on side by sides. The course is some what flat with some rolling hills. My garmin showed a 183 feet of elevation gain as opposed to 304 feet in the Glass City marathon. There was a long stretch from mile 10 to mile 13 where there was not a water stop. I believe the staff is putting more water stops this year. The backside of the course can be boring but the volunteers and the entertainment breaks it up. My wife and I thought it was touching to have OSP Troopers handing out finishing medals. They had an awesome American Flag that you get to run under.

Race Tips

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

The parking is limit so we parked at the fairground. We got there early and had no problems taking the provided shuttles to the start line. My wifes bus even broke down on the way back from the half finish and the occupants were quickly picked up by another shuttle. The shuttle service was handled very professionally. There were plenty of porta potties at the start. The bag check was simple and we had no issues. We stayed with family close by so we had no issues with accommodations. My wife enjoyed the coffee shop within walking distance of the start line.

review of 2014 Grand Lake Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Race is literally 26.2 miles around Grand Lake. It is a very flat course. Some parts of the race are boring (one spot smelled very farm like). There is a long stretch around mile 17 that is nothing but farm land (still very flat) Plenty of water/gatorade stops - one every two miles. Each station very supportive, cheering and dressed in costumes. No traffic to worry about. Start and finish at same location.

Race Tips

This race does have pacers. Pace groups were in 10 min intevals. Race started in the 50's and warmed to lower 70's by finish. Course is very flat and fast. I would recommended starting and staying consistent with pace.

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

I would recommend booking hotel early. Celina is a very small town. I stayed at the West Bank Inn (capacity of 14 rooms) but Perfect location!! Once we parked I never started my vehicle again until I was leaving. Wonderful italian restaurant that shares the same parking lot. The starting line is walking distance. And an absolutely beautiful view of the lake.

Finish Time Equivalent

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