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Seattle Marathon

Seattle, WA

Race Dates

2016: Sunday, November 27, 2016
2015: Sunday, November 29, 2015

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 41°F (5°C)
Average High: 46°F (7°C)
Average Low: 36° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.87
Course Score: 98.87

Race Size

2015: 1,719 Finishers
2014: 1,869 Finishers
2013: 2,208 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 8.4%
2014: 8.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Seattle Marathon course is moderately hilly with long stretches of flat between miles 8 and 19. The final climb starts around mile 19 and continues until mile 23. Once you reach the top, it is mostly downhill to the finish.

Marathon Rankings

The Seattle Marathon was the 57th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 56th largest in 2014.

Last year 8.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the Seattle Marathon the 254th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 254th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.87 ranks it as the 201st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 14th fastest course in Washington.

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 Seattle Marathon a PR Score of 98.87. This PR Score ranks it as the 141st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 13th fastest in Washington.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 192 feet (58m)
Min Elevation: 17 feet (5m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Seattle Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2015 Seattle Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I enjoy the view of the mountain in the distance and the challenge. There are some hills, but afterwards, I was pumped!

Race Tips

Don't exert all your energy early... hill at mile 17 and at the last 1/4 mile... the last one is like a surprise

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

Don't take the monorail if you're staying at the Westin. It's easier to walk and plus it's a good warm up

Finish Time Equivalent

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