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Fall Marathons

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Chicago Marathon
 
4.5 (14 reviews)
Chicago, IL
October 08, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 40,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 225 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. Runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream and participating in one of the nation's largest marathons. The marathon is known for its flat and fast course that starts and finishes in Grant Park and travels through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. The course has produced four world records, several national records, and countless personal bests. Participants enjoy the support of 1.7 million spectators as they run through 29 neighborhoods.

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.

Twin Cities Marathon
 
4.6 (6 reviews)
Minneapolis, MN
October 01, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 8,500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 450 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Twin Cities Marathon is called “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America” for 26.2 good reasons. With mile after mile of parkways, lakes, rivers and tree-lined boulevards, the scenery can’t be beat. Add 300,000 screaming fans, 10 Cheer Zones, over a dozen course entertainment acts, and you’ve got an experience that you’ll never forget. The course is a point-to-point that starts in downtown Minneapolis and tours the beautiful Chain of Lakes, Mississippi River, Summit Ave., and finishes at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

New York City Marathon
 
4.8 (5 reviews)
New York, NY
November 05, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 50,000
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 425 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The New York Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world and is an iconic treasure to the distance running industry. As the professional athletes and nearly 800,000 past participants will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one of the true thrills of a lifetime. The course itself a point-to-point road race starting in Staten Island and takes tours of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx, with a finish into Manhattan’s Central Park.

Philadelphia Marathon
 
4.4 (5 reviews)
Philadelphia, PA
November 19, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 9,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first-timer, Philadelphia is the place for you. We’ve designed our course to be scenic, fan-friendly and, above all, great for running. It’s no wonder we're consistently listed among the top ten races in the country, recognized for our mostly flat terrain, ideal temperature, and awesome atmosphere. Join us this fall for race weekend!

St. George Marathon
 
4.4 (5 reviews)
St. George, UT
October 07, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 5,500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 250 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 0.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The St. George Marathon was rated by Runner's World as one of the four "Marathons to Build a Vacation Around" in the World, one of the 10 Most Scenic and Fastest Marathons, and ranked in the Top 20 Marathons in the USA. The course is a point-to-point marathon that begins in the majestic Pine Valley mountains (5,200' ASL) and descends nearly 2600 feet through scenic southwest Utah, to the beautiful Worthern Park. Runner`s World also listed it as the fastest fall marathon. It's a fun race indeed--and scenic.

Columbus Marathon
 
4.3 (5 reviews)
Columbus, OH
October 15, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 4,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 300 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is a beautiful course that will run through Bexley, Olde Town East, German Village, downtown Columbus, Short North, The Ohio State University campus, Upper Arlington, Grandview, Victorian Village and will finish in the Arena District.

Baltimore Marathon
 
3.8 (4 reviews)
Baltimore, MD
October 21, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,500
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 600 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The fair yet challenging Baltimore Marathon course travels through the many diverse neighborhoods including the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, historic Federal Hill and charming Fells Point. The course is USATF certified and provides chipped timing.

Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon
 
4.5 (4 reviews)
Savannah, GA
November 04, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,250
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 250 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Rock-out to bands every mile and take scenic tours of downtown Savannah, City Hall, Gordonston, West Savannah, Savannah State University, William Grayson Stadium, and Forsyth Park. The course is mostly flat with a few small inclines.

Hartford Marathon
 
4.9 (4 reviews)
Hartford, CT
October 14, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 250 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

You run. We'll take care of the rest with easy registration, convenient no-hassle transportation, a great, new scenic and well-supported course and a huge post-race party with the best food in North America. We make everything easy, so you focus on running a PR or qualifying for Boston, enjoying the brilliant fall foliage, supporting your favorite charity, or simply finishing your first race. The course itself showcases the revitalized riverfronts of Hartford and East Hartford with breathtaking views of the Connecticut River.

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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