The downhill Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon course is a very fast course. However, running just over two miles through a tunnel and the trail surface (hard-packed gravel) may slow some runners a little.
From race website - The Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon runs on a scenic, point-to-point, rail-trail course which descends 2050 feet in 26.2 miles from Snoqualmie Pass to North Bend.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon was the 133rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 124th largest in 2016.
Last year 36.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 27.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon the 10th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 18th highest percentage in 2016.
Its Course Score of 104.37 ranks it as the 8th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Washington.
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 Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon a PR Score of 103.61. This PR Score ranks it as the 9th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Washington.
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