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Nashville Marathon

Nashville, TN

Race Dates

2017: Saturday, November 11, 2017
2016: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Multiple Loops
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 63°F (17°C)
Average Low: 42° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.16
Course Score: 98.16

Race Size

2016: 287 Finishers
2015: 280 Finishers
2014: 259 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 5.9%
2015: 6.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The rolling Nashville Marathon takes runners on two loops through the city and across the Cumberland River.

Marathon Rankings

The Nashville Marathon was the 219th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 227th largest in 2015.

Last year 5.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Nashville Marathon the 354th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 330th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.16 ranks it as the 290th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Tennessee.

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 Nashville Marathon a PR Score of 98.16. This PR Score ranks it as the 240th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Tennessee.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 549 feet (167m)
Min Elevation: 411 feet (125m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Nashville Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Nashville Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This was my first marathon. The course was well staffed and well marked. There wasn't quite as much crowd support as I would have hoped, but it was the first time this marathon was held. The course was great in that the hills were all on the front end; although the scenery at Shelby Bottom's park got a bit repetitive.

Race Tips

The front half takes you through urban Nashville; music row; Belmont College. It was pretty and the rolling hills were great. I really pushed through the front half, but got slower on the back half which had no hills. Turns out I prefer some hills over totally flat.

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

I stayed downtown and ran to the start as a warm up. It was worth it for my first race not to have to worry about where to park on the big day. At the end of the race, the results were out ASAP, which was awesome. And they did indeed give you the promised beer.

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