2017: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Mostly Out and Back
Race Day Weather
58° F (14°C)
PR Score & Course Score
PR Score: 96.83
Course Score: 98.93
2016: 1,947 Finishers
2015: 2,312 Finishers
2014: 2,776 Finishers
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The Long Beach International Marathon course is relatively flat and fast. However, the typical October temperature for race day may derail some PR and BQ attempts.
The marathon starts and finishes in Downtown Long Beach. After running on the Beach Path, the course takes runners through Marine Stadium, past Blair Field and then out through California State-Long Beach. After a loop around campus, the mostly flat course heads back towards downtown for the finish.
There are a few elevation changes that break up the otherwise mostly flat route.
The Long Beach International Marathon was the 46th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 39th largest in 2015.
Last year 6.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Long Beach International Marathon the 333rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 396th highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 98.93 ranks it as the 198th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 19th fastest course in California.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Long Beach International Marathon a PR Score of 96.83. This PR Score ranks it as the 338th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 30th fastest in California.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.