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Marine Corps Marathon
 
4.5 (10 reviews)
Arlington, VA
October 22, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 20,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 550 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), aptly nicknamed the "Marathon of the Monuments," offers gorgeous and historic views along the course, including: the Pentagon, Lincoln Memorial, MLK Jr. Memorial, FDR Memorial, National Mall, Korean and WWII Memorials, Smithsonian, and the list goes on.

Richmond Marathon
 
5.0 (3 reviews)
Richmond, VA
November 11, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 4,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Why run Richmond? It’s the little things that add up. A great scenic course that takes you through some of Richmond’s most historic neighborhoods, culminating in a downhill finish in the heart of downtown. On-course support featuring live bands, DJs, spirit groups and Party Zones guaranteed to give you that extra burst of energy. Unique features, including junk food stops and wet washcloths along the course, as well as hot pizza and a complimentary massage to greet you at the finish line.

Rock 'n' Roll Country Music Marathon
 
3.7 (4 reviews)
Nashville, TN
April 28, 2018

Race Vitals

Participants: 3,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 450 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Country Music Marathon course delivers the sights and sounds of the heart of Nashville – and gives runners a street-level view of just how unique and dynamic this city really is. As you log each mile during the race, your ears will be treated to the familiar and comforting sounds of country music. Register now for this captivating and exhilarating race!

Memphis Marathon
 
4.9 (3 reviews)
Memphis, TN
December 02, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,500
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 300 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend offers a variety of races including a full and half marathon, Memphis Grizzlies House 5K and the kid's marathon & family race. Join us in Memphis for the most meaningful race you will ever run.

Shamrock Marathon
 
4.7 (3 reviews)
Virginia Beach, VA
March 18, 2018

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 150 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Come celebrate with us as we bring the Luck of the Irish to over 28,000 runners in Virginia Beach, Virginia on St Patrick’s Day weekend. The event features races and challenges to accommodate all ages and skill levels. Enjoy our flat, fast and scenic courses along the beautiful oceanfront and recover at our huge post-race parties that will feature live entertainment, ice cold Yuengling beer and much more. This will be a St. Paddy’s Day you will never forget.

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon
 
4.8 (3 reviews)
Louisville, KY
April 28, 2018

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,800
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 325 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Welcome to the Derby Festival! Held every year in Louisville, it's the biggest party of the spring. More than 1.5 million people attending over 70 events including the Marathon and Half Marathon. Runners from all 50 states and several foreign countries annually complete our scenic road race that finishes in downtown Louisville. Come join us and be part of the greatest community celebration in the nation!

Myrtle Beach Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Myrtle Beach, SC
March 03, 2018

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,500
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 200 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

After being a part of this event, you will understand why thousands of people declare that the Myrtle Beach Marathon is so much more than a marathon. It's truly a weekend of festivities with a fast course that wraps its way along the awe-inspiring Atlantic Ocean, where you’ll wind your way through the famous Million Dollar Mile! This is a perfect course for your friends and family to get involved.

Kiawah Island Marathon
 
3.7 (3 reviews)
Kiawah Island, SC
December 09, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 175 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Kiawah Island Marathon is held on the scenic Kiawah Island and is a crazy mix of fun out & backs. Along the way, you'll enjoy spectacular views of maritime forests, marshes, and grand homes, as you run throughout the Island community. The only thing more wonderful than the scenery is the moment when you cross the finish line, after completing your full or half marathon!

Tobacco Road Marathon
 
4.8 (1 reviews)
Cary, NC
March 18, 2018

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,000
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Tobacco Road Marathon will be the first of its kind in NC to embrace the town of Cary and country roads of Western Wake County. The marathon features over 20 miles of the American Tobacco Trail, with the rest being flat and fast with a downhill finish!

Charleston Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Charleston, SC
January 13, 2018

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,000
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 200 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Charleston Marathon is scenic 26.2-mile run that will showcase the beauty and the history of the Lowcountry, starting in downtown Charleston and ending in North Charleston. Music and performance groups from our local schools and community will dot the course to keep you moving!

Learn about Difficulty Rating

Difficulty Rating

Race Navigator created the Difficulty Rating scale to help runners quickly compare the difficulty between marathon courses. The scale is 0.0 to 5.0 with 0.0 being the easiest and 5.0 being the most difficult. A further explanation is below:

Rating Course Description
0 to 1 These courses are mostly downhill and very fast – excellent for PR/BQ’s.
1 to 2 A rating of “1” means the course is flat; closer to “2” you can expect small hills.
2 to 3 The course has moderate hills.
3 to 4 The course has substantial hills.
4 to 5 Very difficult course usually with technical terrain.

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