The Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon course is flat, fast, and picturesque. The course is primarily runs through rural areas except when it travels through the four small towns along the route.
One mile after the start, the course turns onto the trail and then continues on the trail to the finish.
The course has a net downhill from start to finish with only a very slight, gradual change in elevation from approximately mile 3 to mile 14.
The Lake Wobegon Trail is a 10 foot wide asphalt bike trail on a former railroad bed. The trail is smooth and has no canter. There is very little elevation change at any time along the entire length of the course.
The Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon was the 166th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 191st largest in 2016.
Last year 14.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 27.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon the 115th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 17th highest percentage in 2016.
Its Course Score of 99.63 ranks it as the 69th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Minnesota.
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 Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon a PR Score of 99.63. This PR Score ranks it as the 50th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Minnesota.
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