The Huntsville Marathon course is downhill starting at just above 8,700 feet and descending approximately 3,800 feet to just above 4,900 feet.
Although the course has a significant downhill grade, it starts at a very high elevation which will adversely affect finishing times for those not sufficiently acclimated to elevation. In addition, the steep downhill grade can be very hard on the quadriceps - especially for those who have not trained for downhills.
If your quads and lungs survive, the course could be fast.
The Huntsville Marathon was the 223rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 160th largest in 2015.
Last year 24.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Huntsville Marathon the 23rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 270th highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 100.25 ranks it as the 24th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Utah.
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 Huntsville Marathon a PR Score of 100.25. This PR Score ranks it as the 23rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Utah.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.