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New River Marathon

Brownwood, NC


Race Dates

2017: Saturday, May 6, 2017
2016: Saturday, May 7, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 57°F (13°C)
Average High: 69°F (20°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 95.96
Course Score: 96.10

Race Size

2016: 179 Finishers
2015: 157 Finishers
2014: 145 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 8.4%
2015: 6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The New River Marathon course travels primarily along the banks of the South Fork New River. of the seventeen miles with pastoral vistas of the New River, 13 miles are along Railroad Grade Road, a North Carolina Scenic Byway. For the 9 miles that wind away from the flat and fast New River Valley, the course offers several short, aggressive climbs, rolling country roads, and a challenging 2-mile section between 15.5 and 17.5 miles (the near 180 degree view at mile 17.5 is breathtaking).


Marathon Rankings

The New River Marathon was the 294th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 326th largest in 2015.

Last year 8.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the New River Marathon the 270th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 342nd highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 96.10 ranks it as the 385th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 11th fastest course in North Carolina.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the New River Marathon a PR Score of 95.96. This PR Score ranks it as the 374th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 12th fastest in North Carolina.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 3342 feet (1018m)
Min Elevation: 2873 feet (875m)

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