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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, May 6, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.78
Course Score: 97.78

Race Size

2017: 103 Finishers
2016: 108 Finishers
2015: 109 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 10.7%
2016: 11.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The flat Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon course is several loops on dirt roads around the reservoir.

The course is uphill as it leaves the reservoir, then gradual, rolling downhill along Mountain Rd., mostly flat along Rock Valley Rd., flat and dirt country road on Cook Rd., mostly flat and straight along residential Pomeroy St., gradual rolling hills on Hendrick St., flat and fast on East and Northhampton Streets (about 5 miles), then 2 miles gradually uphill with the final half mile sharply uphill.

Marathon Rankings

The Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon was the 366th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 378th largest in 2016.

Last year 10.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon the 187th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 167th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 97.78 ranks it as the 331st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 8th fastest course in Massachusetts.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon a PR Score of 97.78. This PR Score ranks it as the 280th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Massachusetts.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 565 feet (172m)
Min Elevation: 110 feet (33m)


Recent Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon Reviews

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review of 2013 Walter Childs Memorial Race of Champions Marathon.   

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I ran this twice: The first two loops are awesome great views of the reservoir and wide dirt road with some slight hills; This course lacks support so if you need that and a lot of noise this is not your race: you will be running alone a lot: The course is well marked with water stops. The finish is a challenge 2 miles slight to moderate uphill with the last 3/4 mile slightly steep.

Race Tips

Save something for the finish hills. bring your support team if you need one. maybe carry water if afraid or need more than usual. I feel finishing this marathon is an accomplishment because it is a challenge. This is one of the oldest in the country(I was told)

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

Northampton is a great town to visit, plan a weekend there.

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