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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, October 22, 2017
2016: Sunday, October 30, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.47
Course Score: 98.47

Race Size

2016: 19,724 Finishers
2015: 23,185 Finishers
2014: 19,689 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 3.1%
2015: 3.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New Course for the 2017 Marathon**

This year's Course Profile, Pace Bands, and PR/Course Scores have been uploaded for the new course.


Marathon Rankings

The Marine Corps Marathon was the 7th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 4th largest in 2015.

Last year 3.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Marine Corps Marathon the 448th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 398th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 98.47 ranks it as the 273rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Washington D.C..

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 Marine Corps Marathon a PR Score of 98.47. This PR Score ranks it as the 215th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Washington D.C..

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


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 232 feet (70m)
Min Elevation: 2 feet (0m)

Marine




Recent Marine Corps Marathon Reviews

4.6 Stars from 48 Reviews
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review of 2017 Marine Corps Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This is an extremely well-supported, beautiful course that makes you proud to live in this country. I grew up in MD and thought that I knew D.C. Now I feel sad that I took so much for granted as a child.

Race Tips

Start off slower than you think, the hills at the beginning are deceptive and more damaging than you think.

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

Leave an hour earlier than other races because of the crowds. Pick any Arlington hotel and take the Metro. Easy Peasy to the start and finish.



review of 2016 Marine Corps Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2016 Marine Corps Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

What a fantastic race. From the support of the Marines to the spectators, the absolutely touching memorial mile at 10-11, this race is unforgettable. The hills are tough - but just know that they are there!

Race Tips

Shuttles to the race are fantastic.

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review of 2016 Marine Corps Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Great crowd support and beautiful course.

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review of 2016 Marine Corps Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars

Review

I wish someone had told me this was not a course to PR on. There are too many hairpin turns and it's too crowded to run the tangents. I'd recommend this Marathon for a first-timer because the course isn't too hilly and the support is great! The marines do a great job. It's really cool to run by the monuments. I just wish I had known not to hope for a PR! :)

Race Tips

The expo was at the Gaylord this year, and traffic getting in/out was a nightmare. Expect it to take a while.

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

We stayed in Rosslyn. Perfect location for getting to the start and back after the finish.



Finish Time Equivalent

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