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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.

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.

Grandma's Marathon
 
4.1 (5 reviews)
Duluth, MN
June 17, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 7,500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Grandma's Marathon is a point-to-point course run along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior. The 26.2-mile stretch begins on scenic Old Highway 61, just outside Two Harbors, Minnesota and finishes in Duluth's Canal Park. Enthusiastic volunteers, spectators and live entertainers line the streets to cheer runners on as they stride to the finish line.

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
 
4.6 (3 reviews)
Indianapolis, IN
November 04, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 4,200
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 275 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is Indiana's largest and fastest marathon and among the 100 largest marathons in the world. The course tours many beautiful buildings and monuments in downtown Indianapolis and the surrounding communities. Highlights include the Indiana State Capitol, Arts Garden, Warehouse District, Monument Circle, Cultural Trail, Mass Ave District, Butler University, the State Fairgrounds, and Fall Creek Parkway.

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.

Flying Pig Marathon
 
4.8 (4 reviews)
Cincinnati, OH
May 07, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 3,800
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 550 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon promises to be a beautiful course which "flies" along the streets of Cincinnati, Covington, and Newport. This race presents a well-balanced, diverse tour of some the best neighborhoods in the area, and is also a Boston Qualifier.

Detroit Marathon
 
4.9 (3 reviews)
Detroit, MI
October 15, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 3,200
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 325 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

There are so many things that make running Detroit unique and exciting – crossing international borders twice, running an “underwater mile”, the large crowds and entertainers posted every few miles. The sights on Belle Isle are scenic and views of the city from the riverfront will make you wish you had your camera. This race has something for everyone and we look forward to seeing you on at the Start Line!

Air Force Marathon
 
3.7 (3 reviews)
Dayton, OH
September 16, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 300 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Air Force Marathon course is a 26.2-mile run that traverses historical places on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, including the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the Air Force Institute of Technology, Air Force Materiel Command, the Wright-Patterson AFB flight line, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and the Wright Brothers Memorial Monument.

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon
 
4.8 (2 reviews)
Milwaukee, WI
October 01, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,000
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 200 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Join runners from all over the Midwest for the Lakefront Marathon and find out for yourself why "The Best Times Really Are in Milwaukee." The course is USAT&F Certified and is a flat and scenic point-to-point route that travels south through rural countryside, quiet North shore neighborhoods and finishes along the shores of Lake Michigan north of the Milwaukee Art Museum at Veterans Park.

Bayshore Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Traverse City, MI
May 27, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,000
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 150 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Bayshore Marathon is an out & back road race along the west shore of East Grand Traverse Bay. The majority of the race will follow the waterfront along the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay including Birchwood Drive, East Shore Road, Center Road (M-37) and Bluff Road. The course is flat, 100% paved and shaded along much of the route. Expect a fast and scenic race with some of the most breathtaking views available on any marathon course.

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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