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Race Dates

2018: Thursday, August 23, 2018
2017: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Multiple Loops
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 69°F (20°C)
Average High: 77°F (25°C)
Average Low: 61° F (16°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 95.27
Course Score: 99.58

Race Size

2017: 407 Finishers
2016: 321 Finishers
2015: 300 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 11.6%
2016: 10.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Self-Transcendence Marathon is run on a flat and fast 2.96 mile loop around the shores of Rockland Lake.

Marathon Rankings

The Self-Transcendence Marathon was the 157th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 194th largest in 2016.

Last year 11.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Self-Transcendence Marathon the 169th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 171st highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.58 ranks it as the 81st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in New York.

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 Self-Transcendence Marathon a PR Score of 95.27. This PR Score ranks it as the 399th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 18th fastest in New York.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 157 feet (47m)
Min Elevation: 148 feet (45m)


Recent Self-Transcendence Marathon Reviews

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review of 2013 Self-Transcendence Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Ha ha, I like that race profile "pancake flat" cause it is. I ran this last year and this year in hopes of qualifying for Boston. I did so this year, in 3:39:03- less than a minute to spare. It takes longer to run a hilly mile than a flat mile, so if your running time is on the cusp of BQ/ not BQ (like me), a flat marathon will definitely make a difference.

Race Tips

However!! The race is in August, so it's very possible that it might be a hot summer day, in which case you may run considerable slower. Lucked out with weather & overcast day this year in 2013.... It's pavement. I found myself gravitating towards, and running on, the just-past-the-pavement dirt as much as possible. (Dirt less jarring on the legs and knees than pavement). Which may have contributed to- according to my Garmin- me actually running a distance of 26.58 miles. An extra third of a mile for not "running the corners", that is, the 'inside lane' of the course where the course is measured from. (Extra 1/3 mile translates into bit over 2 minutes for 8:10/8:20 mile, makes a big difference if you're trying to meet a Boston Qualifying time!)

It's 9 loops around the lake, which may drive some runners batty (repetitive). Only about 400 runners, not crowded. Gun time, no chip. Race is put on by Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. There is a spiritual vibe to it... some individuals and small groups of 2 & 3 play music (with a spiritual bent) along the course. A drum and guitar duo at one spot. A few hand held drum individuals, a man with a sitar, another man with a violin...

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

Not sure if race is always on a Friday/ weekday. But for the past two years it's been on a Friday.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Self-Transcendence Marathon in 4:48:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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