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Running the Shoals Marathon

Muscle Shoals, AL

Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 68°F (20°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.90
Course Score: 97.90

Race Size

2017: 51 Finishers
2016: 56 Finishers
2015: 44 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 5.9%
2016: 3.6%
2015: 0%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Running the Shoals Marathon course travels along all 36 holes of The Shoals Robert Trent Jones golf courses in addition to the 13 miles on paved residential roads.

There are lots of turns on this course - especially the portion on the golf course.

Marathon Rankings

The Running the Shoals Marathon was the 532nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 547th largest in 2015.

This year 5.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Running the Shoals Marathon the 437th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 90th highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 97.90 ranks it as the 304th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Alabama.

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 Running the Shoals Marathon a PR Score of 97.90. This PR Score ranks it as the 268th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Alabama.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 651 feet (198m)
Min Elevation: 538 feet (164m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Running the Shoals Marathon

1 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2017 Running the Shoals Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


Ten year age groups, rather than the normal five year ones, disappointing. What appears flat isn't!! VERY tough course, many short, steep uphills followed by short steep downhills. Very tight hairpin turns, this is a golf cart track, not an actual road, for more than half of the race. Awards were given as you came in, so no one stayed long after the race. Great finishers medal though!

Race Tips

Tangenting is a challenge, many narrow tight turns. No port a pots on the course, only two brick and mortar bathrooms the golfers use. No real support on the road portion (13 miles). Zero spectators, gets a little lonely out on the road. No Gu on the course, just water and Gator Ade. Watch out for golfers crossing through runners at the Club House just before the finish line! No timing mata t start line or splits on course.

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

Parking is on site, very close. Small race, 51 participants. Packet pick up and race set up well done. Good snacks at the finish. Best selection of hotels and dining is in nearby Florence, AL.

Finish Time Equivalent

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