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Mad Marathon

Waitsfield, VT

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, July 9, 2017
2016: Sunday, July 10, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 67°F (19°C)
Average High: 78°F (25°C)
Average Low: 56° F (13°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 92.72
Course Score: 95.79

Race Size

2016: 323 Finishers
2015: 279 Finishers
2014: 282 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 8.7%
2015: 4.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The hilly course coupled with the typically warm race day temperatures make the Mad Marathon a challenging race. The scenic course is approximately 70% on roads and 30% on gravel.

Runners will travel through this extraordinary rural community on 26.2 miles of back and dirt roads with breathtaking views of the Green Mountains, rolling farm lands, quaint villages, historical barns, covered bridges and fields of cows.

Marathon Rankings

The Mad Marathon was the 196th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 228th largest in 2015.

Last year 8.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 4.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Mad Marathon the 259th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 377th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 95.79 ranks it as the 400th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Vermont.

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 Mad Marathon a PR Score of 92.72. This PR Score ranks it as the 418th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Vermont.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1516 feet (462m)
Min Elevation: 638 feet (194m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Mad Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Mad Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is a small (300 plus in full; 400 plus in half) low stress race. Packet pick-up and pre-race logistics are stress free. The race is well organized and even slow runners (me) feel well supported. Even when I finished there was plenty of food left! The race is as scenic as advertised and you get to run thru 2 covered bridges.

Race Tips

This is a very hilly race and in July heat and humidity almost certainly will always play a part. They should probably start the race @ 6:00 rather than 7:00 to help with heat. Pay attention to the elevation change on the chart. Luckily most of the hills are in the first 17 miles so pace yourself.

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

Local accommodations are pricey and fill up quickly. I stayed in Barre (35 minutes away) and I noticed quite a few runners at my hotel. Parking is easy race morning. I arrived an hour early and had no stress (always my goal)

Finish Time Equivalent

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