The Shiprock Marathon begins near Red Valley, less than a mile from the border with Arizona on Route 13. The point-to-point road course passes by the spectacular Shiprock, which is an 1800' volcanic cinder cone, visible during most of the Marathon.
The course has a few hills, mostly long gradual inclines. The Marathon begins at an elevation of 5900 feet, peaks at 6100 feet at mile 3, and finishes at an altitude of 4850 feet.
The final six miles are a gentle downhill grade.
The Shiprock Marathon was the 249th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 278th largest in 2015.
This year 5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Shiprock Marathon the 220th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 246th highest percentage so far in 2017.
Its Course Score of 94.22 ranks it as the 421st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in New Mexico.
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 Shiprock Marathon a PR Score of 94.22. This PR Score ranks it as the 414th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in New Mexico.
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