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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 49°F (9°C)
Average High: 57°F (13°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.53
Course Score: 99.53

Race Size

2017: No Results
2016: 74 Finishers
2015: 56 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 23%
2015: 30.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Inland Trail Marathon is a mostly out and back course that utilizes the North Coast Inland Trail for part of the course. There is a gentle incline from about mile 3 until approximately mile 17, followed by a gentle 9 mile decline to the finish line.

Marathon Rankings

The Inland Trail Marathon was the 475th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 502nd largest in 2015.

Last year 23% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 30.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Inland Trail Marathon the 30th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 6th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.53 ranks it as the 85th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Ohio.

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 Inland Trail Marathon a PR Score of 99.53. This PR Score ranks it as the 56th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Ohio.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 839 feet (255m)
Min Elevation: 715 feet (217m)


Recent Inland Trail Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2016 Inland Trail Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Just park your car lineup and race. I love the simplicity of this race. The course is a flat and straight out and back with plenty of water stops along the way. There will be times especially late in the course when it's just you and the trail, so if you need spectators or a pack of other runners to motivate you, this race is not for you. I prefer the quiet environment so I see it and a positive. Awards are given immediately after you cross the finish line, so there is no need to wait around too long. There is usually pizza and fruit afterwards.

Race Tips

The last 10 miles of this course is ever so slightly downhill, so the finish is enjoyable as long as you don't start too aggressively. I have always negative split this course.

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

The Red Roof Inn in Elyria is clean and affordable. My daughter enjoys the indoor swimming pool. I always go the the nearby Olive Garden for my pre-race meal.

review of 2015 Inland Trail Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Pros: Very flat course. Pre-race got to stay warm indoors before race. Parking is plentiful right at race start. 2015 was beautiful day and the course was gorgeous. Got my BQ there.

Cons: If you need large crowds, lots of racers, etc. for energy, this is not your race. Also, the start is not chip timed but there are not many runners so it's easy to get near front and only costs at most a couple seconds if seeking a PR.

Race Tips

Nice cool, maybe cold weather at start given it is in November. Easy packet pickup and close parking day of race.

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

review of 2015 Inland Trail Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Pros: Flat course for PR, Can stay warm indoors until race time, Parking right at event, pretty course

Cons: If you need lots of crowds or a big field to get motivated, this is not your race. Gun start rather than chip timed start, but not a large race so eacy to get up front if seeking PR or BQ so you don't loose more than a couple seconds.

Race Tips

Course and weather was beautiful in 2015.

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

Finish Time Equivalent

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