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Race Dates

2017: Saturday, August 26, 2017
2016: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 73°F (22°C)
Average High: 85°F (29°C)
Average Low: 61° F (16°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.70
Course Score: 99.71

Race Size

2016: 197 Finishers
2015: 159 Finishers
2014: 75 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 14.2%
2015: 23.3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

Race Day Weather Forecast

Race Day Temperatures High: 78°F  (26°C)
Low: 65°F  (18°C)

Race Start Conditions

65°F  (18°C)

SSE 10 mph 

PR Score
(Normal Score)


Course Score


The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. You may need to adjust your time goal, especially if you are not acclimated to higher temperatures and/or humidity.

Course Description

The Nebraska State Fair Marathon course starts at Fonner Park, loops around Grand Island, and returns to finish at Fonner Park.

The course is flat with only about 50 feet separating the high and low points of the course.

Marathon Rankings

The Nebraska State Fair Marathon was the 275th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 323rd largest in 2015.

Last year 14.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 23.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Nebraska State Fair Marathon the 107th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 16th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.71 ranks it as the 59th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Nebraska.

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 Nebraska State Fair Marathon a PR Score of 96.70. This PR Score ranks it as the 354th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Nebraska.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1879 feet (572m)
Min Elevation: 1822 feet (555m)


Recent Nebraska State Fair Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2015 Nebraska State Fair Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Course is absolutely flat. Not enough port-o-pots on the course, some country roads, all paved, most of the race is within the city, so groups of people to cheer you on.

Race Tips

No pacers at this race, you're on your own unless you find a runner running at the same speed you run. I never count on that, I run my own race, small runner total, less than 1000. Only had 2 locations where the directions weren't clear on which way to go, but was corrected immediately when I started going the wrong way.

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

Book early for closest hotels, no shuttles, I walked about 8 blocks, race starts and finishes at the fair grounds. Parking at the fair grounds for the runners, I walked as my husband needed the car to come later. The walk is nice, lots of lights on the street, it also gave me a chance to warm up the legs, and time to calm down the nerves. Nice place to eat is called Pam's it reminds me of good ol' fashion down to earth food, like what you would get at home or at a truck stop, if you have ever eaten at a truck stop. Arrive al least 30-45 min. ahead of the race as there is only 1 building open with bathrooms and a place to stay inside to stay warm. Race starts at 6:30 AM Was my 1st time running this race, going back in 2016 to try and qualify for Boston.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Nebraska State Fair Marathon in 4:55:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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