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Race Dates

2019: TBD
2018: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Multiple Loops
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.79
Course Score: 97.79

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: 127 Finishers
2016: 119 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 4.7%
2016: 9.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The double loop bg26.2 Marathon course starts at the Bowling Green Ball Park and runs through downtown Bowling Green and the Western Kentucky University campus.

Marathon Rankings

The bg26.2 Marathon was the 338th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 359th largest in 2016.

Last year 4.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the bg26.2 Marathon the 363rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 231st highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 97.79 ranks it as the 331st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Kentucky.

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 bg26.2 Marathon a PR Score of 97.79. This PR Score ranks it as the 280th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Kentucky.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 624 feet (190m)
Min Elevation: 475 feet (144m)


Recent bg26.2 Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2017 bg26.2 Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I liked this race, a lot harder than Chicago, but easier than Nashville. It is a double loop course, not my favorite. The first mile is brutal, first 6 is hilly around WKU campus. Swag is awesome. Wish finisher medal was different for half vs whole, but classic and heavy. The course is pretty neat. Plenty of water, Gatorade, pickle juice, watermelon, gel ect... 6th year of race, first half is nice when you are running with the halfers, only 160 run the full. Nice meal at Corvette Museum night before race. Raises money for MS. Can't be compared to the big races, that would not be fair. If you Boston qualify on this course, you are a beast. I finished 57 of 166, time 4:35. My PR Chicago 4:23. Just started running distance last year. Warmer than usual 2017, and was quite windy. Course marked very well. Bowling Green is very nice. I run this honestly to help me prepare for Disney in January. Race has pacers, no splits called. I would rate the half very high because you get hills out of the way at begging of race. Young marathon and poised to grow! Price around $100. Very fair considering great cause at great swag!

Race Tips

Major hills at beginning, double loop course, so hills again at 14 mile mark. Well organized!

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

Plenty of choices, adequate parking. No issues. Tons of restaurants.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the bg26.2 Marathon in 3:24:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.