Mid Atlantic Marathons

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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.

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!

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.

Pittsburgh Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Pittsburgh, PA
May 07, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 3,700
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 700 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Pittsburgh Marathon course winds through the wonderfully unique and historic neighborhoods of this beautiful city. Community celebrations, cheering spectators and music throughout the course will welcome runners from all over the world. Runners will race on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, cross each of the three rivers in Pittsburgh and travel through the South Side, Oakland, Shadyside and Bloomfield neighborhoods – just to name a few.

Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon
 
2.7 (3 reviews)
Washington, DC
March 11, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 450 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Point-to-point road race through our Nation's historic capital with live bands and cheer squads lining the course. Only a couple moderate inclines in first half; relatively flat for last half.

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.

Shamrock Marathon
 
4.7 (3 reviews)
Virginia Beach, VA
March 19, 2017

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.

New Jersey Marathon
 
3.3 (2 reviews)
Oceanport, NJ
April 30, 2017

Race Vitals

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

Run through the diverse neighborhoods and business districts of: Oceanport, Monmouth Beach, Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbour, Asbury Park & Ocean Grove. This scenic fast and flat course has been very popular with both runners and spectators alike. It is a point-to-point course which has proven to be a good choice for those attempting to qualify for Boston, as so many have done with us in the past.

Steamtown Marathon
 
4.9 (2 reviews)
Scranton, PA
October 08, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,800
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 175 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 0.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Steamtown Marathon is a point-to-point course that runs through 14 communities and includes 2.2 miles of dirt rails-to-trails along the Lackawanna River. Steamtown has been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s fastest marathon courses by several running magazines, and consistently places in the top 10 in the nation for its annual percentage of Boston qualifiers.

Erie Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Erie, PA
September 10, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,400
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 150 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Erie Marathon is two laps of the half marathon route in Presque Isle State Park. It has always been a BQ certified course that has sent a lot of runners to Boston every April. In fact it has the 2nd highest percentage (32%) of finishers qualifying to run the Boston Marathon in 2013. It was also second in the world in that category only to the Boston marathon themselves.

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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