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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 36°F (2°C)
Average High: 42°F (5°C)
Average Low: 29° F (-1°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 100.69
Course Score: 100.69

Race Size

2017: No Results
2016: 815 Finishers
2015: 783 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 27.2%
2015: 19.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope course drops over 400 feet (about 125m) from the starting line to the finish. The flat terrain, gentle downhill, completely flat last 7 miles, and cool weather makes this one of the fastest marathons in North America.

The course starts at ArcelorMittal Dofasco Park, at Green Mountain Road and First Road East in Stoney Creek. The first 15k of the marathon is along the back country roads of Hamilton, and the edge of the escarpment. The course then travels towards the Red Hill Expressway. Runners will enjoy this down hill coast and the beautiful scenery of the Red Hill. After the exit of the Red Hill the course goes towards Beach Blvd, running towards Burlington and then turning on the Waterfront Trail. The last 7km are along the lake.

Marathon Rankings

The Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope was the 9th largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 9th largest in 2015.

Last year 27.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 19.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope the 3rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 10th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 100.69 ranks it as the 1st fastest marathon course in Canada and the 1st fastest course in Ontario.

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 Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope a PR Score of 100.69. This PR Score ranks it as the 1st fastest marathon in Canada and the 1st fastest in Ontario.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 667 feet (203m)
Min Elevation: 245 feet (74m)


Recent Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope Reviews

5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2016 Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope.   

5 / 5 Stars


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review of 2012 Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope.   

5 / 5 Stars


Not to crowded, Cool morning with no up hills to speak of. You may want to bring some throw aways as the the morning on the top of the escarpment will be quite chilly. The best part, my fastest marathon and a BQ to boot!!

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Finish Time Equivalent

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