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Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Sunday, November 20, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Multiple Out and Backs
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 49°F (9°C)
Average High: 57°F (13°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.25
Course Score: 99.25

Race Size

2016: 123 Finishers
2015: 146 Finishers
2014: 189 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 15.5%
2015: 9.6%
2014: 19%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

With the typically cooler and less humid race day weather in this November edition of the Potomac River Run, it should be one of the best opportunities for PRs and BQs in the fall.

The Potomac River Run Marathon course is a narrow (12-foot) wide unpaved trail, entirely flat, past 150-year-old locks and gatehouses. The course is very flat course with the highest point is 110 feet and the lowest point is 29 feet.

Marathon Rankings

The Potomac River Run Marathon (November) was the 342nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 293rd largest in 2014.

This year 15.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Potomac River Run Marathon (November) the 208th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 86th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.25 ranks it as the 135th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Maryland.

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 Potomac River Run Marathon (November) a PR Score of 99.25. This PR Score ranks it as the 92nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Maryland.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 110 feet (33m)
Min Elevation: 29 feet (8m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Potomac River Run Marathon (November)

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2014 Potomac River Run Marathon (November).   

5 / 5 Stars


Low key small number of runners. Excellent aid stations with paper cups and knowledgeable crews. Great race for a BQ time. You need to be self-motivated, or have a supporter that doesn't mind driving to access points to support you. I rolled up 10 mins before the start and Park bathroom was heated with a very short line. No chip timing and very beautiful trail on crushed gravel that can be pebbly in places so wear comfortable shoes!

Race Tips

Race was two loops and the second half is uphill so pace accordingly. really helps to have a supporter to drive you to the start. Very picturesque and quiet but open to other users, cyclists, joggers and walkers, who were not a problem, just remember its not your trail!

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

Race director provides great info and details on these points.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Potomac River Run Marathon (November) in 2:55:00, 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.