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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.

Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon
 
4.9 (2 reviews)
White Sands, NM
March 19, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 3,500
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 3.50
Surface: Mostly Trail/Not-Paved
Certified: No

The Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon is a challenging loop-style race through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range. Most of the course is dirt road or trail, with some sections being sandy, dusty, and all-around tough desert terrain. The course is mostly flat to mile 7, where runners are then confronted with a 6-mile 1200' climb. The last 13 miles are mostly downhill or flat with only a couple gentle rolling inclines.

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon
 
4.2 (3 reviews)
Las Vegas, NV
November 12, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 3,000
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 300 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Come and run the Strip at Night! Live bands every mile and a great tour of the Vegas Strip and surrounding areas.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
 
3.7 (4 reviews)
Phoenix, AZ
January 15, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 350 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Live rock-and-roll bands line this point-to-point road race which links three cities of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.

Phoenix Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Mesa, AZ
February 25, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,000
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 125 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 0.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Experience a beautiful race course, amazing climate, and what runners are calling "the best finish line experience" in this fast, downhill, point-to-point course. The race begins below the large white Phoenix sign painted on the Usery Mountain where runners will experience nearly 1000 feet of net elevation loss in this fast Boston Qualifier.

Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon
 
2.9 (3 reviews)
Denver, CO
October 16, 2016

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,600
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Live bands and local cheerleader squads are lined along this loop-style scenic course with picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains. The course is moderately flat with a few mid-race hills.

Ogden Marathon
 
4.1 (2 reviews)
Ogden, UT
May 20, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 250 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 0.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Ogden Marathon is a point-to-point road race starting near Red Rock Outfitters Ranch (5,400' ASL) and finishing downtown at the historic 25th Street (4,300' ASL). The course is mostly on Highway 39 along the roaring Ogden River, and runs around Pineview Reservoir down onto the Ogden River Parkway. The course itself has a net elevation loss of 1,100' and is extremely fast.

Big Cottonwood Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Cottonwood Heights, UT
September 09, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,300
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 0 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 0.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Big Cottonwood Marathon is a point-to-point downhill road race starting at Guardsman Pass (10,000' ASL) and running down the canyon and thru Cottonwoods Heights, Holladay, and eventually finishing in Cottonwood (4,400' ASL). The course is excellent for PRs with 5000+' of net elevation loss. Extremely fast.  There's also a half-marathon option for those looking for a shorter distance.

Colfax Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Denver, CO
May 21, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,300
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 550 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

26.2 miles at 5,280 feet elevation? This is one for the bucket list. The Colfax Marathon has a distance for everyone with seven races over two days in the Mile High City. The 26.2 mile course runs through Denver’s iconic landmarks: Mile High Stadium (twice), Sloan’s Lake, City Park, Colfax Avenue, and seven miles of urban lakes, rivers and creeks.

Utah Valley Marathon
 
4.6 (3 reviews)
Provo, UT
June 10, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,000
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 300 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 0.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Come run this June marathon in the beauty of Utah Valley. Rolling farm land, Deer Creek Reservoir, cascading waterfalls, and the Provo River will offer a scenic running adventure. There are also majestic mountains in all directions and the course offers ease for beginners and a potential PR for experts. The marathon race starts in beautiful Wasatch County (6,200' ASL) and ends near downtown Provo (4,600' ASL). Runners will be in close proximity to many national parks, and the race is only 45 miles south of Salt Lake City.

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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