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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, January 22, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 47°F (8°C)
Average High: 59°F (15°C)
Average Low: 36° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.01
Course Score: 98.01

Race Size

2017: 76 Finishers
2016: 109 Finishers
2015: 172 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 6.6%
2016: 5.5%
2015: 0.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The challenging Miracle Math Marathon course travels over the rolling Central Texas hills. Highlighting Waco's most valuable assets, the race runs through the Baylor campus, up historic Austin Avenue, climbs up Lake Shore Drive, and tackles the hills of McLennan Community College. The second half of the course is especially hilly with the last portion through the relentless hills of Cameron Park. Running along the Brazos River, the final two miles are flat. The finish is unique on the suspension bridge.

The only solace for this challenging course is that the average race day weather is typically low and good for running a marathon.

Marathon Rankings

The Miracle Match Marathon was the 384th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 303rd largest in 2015.

This year 6.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Miracle Match Marathon the 372nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 73rd highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 98.01 ranks it as the 297th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 21st fastest course in Texas.

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 Miracle Match Marathon a PR Score of 98.01. This PR Score ranks it as the 254th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 19th fastest in Texas.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 644 feet (196m)
Min Elevation: 387 feet (117m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Miracle Match Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2017 Miracle Match Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is a small race that is very well organized and supported. Lots of on course snacks and water. Not a ton of crowd support. The course is just challenging enough to be fun.

Race Tips

It's in Waco, TX. Come for the weekend! Dr Pepper museum! Fixer Upper HGTV stuff! Texas History! The first 6 miles of the marathon are also the half and 10K. That part isn't very hilly. The hills are later. Because there's also an Ultra the course is open a long time.

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

Stay at the Marriott courtyard or the Hyatt. Both are literally steps from the start.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Miracle Match Marathon in 4:12:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.