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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.

Boston Marathon
 
4.6 (9 reviews)
Boston, MA
April 17, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 27,000
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 350 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. It has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity, and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification). The legendary course follows a point-to-point route from Hopkinton to Boston.

Vermont City Marathon
 
4.7 (3 reviews)
Burlington, VT
May 28, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,500
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 475 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

This is a fast and fun course; run on the city streets and along the shores of Lake Champlain. Our event is known for its community support and spectacular views. The course starts at Battery Park with views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, then tours Burlington’s pedestrian Marketplace, the Northern Connector, Burlington’s South End, Oakledge Park, Lake Champlain, the 'Assault on Battery', North Avenue, and finishes on the flat/downhill Burlington bike path.

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.

Wineglass Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Corning, NY
October 01, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,000
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 100 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Wineglass Marathon is considered one of the top destination Marathons in the US. Running in the heart of the Finger Lakes, the Wineglass Marathon is a flat, fast and scenic 26.2 miles starting in Bath, NY and finishing in Corning, NY on historic Market Street.

Buffalo Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Buffalo, NY
May 28, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,400
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 325 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Buffalo Marathon is a fast, scenic Boston Marathon qualifier, showcasing the beauty of Western New York’s waterfront. It highlights some of our friendliest neighborhoods, finest architecture and famous Olmsted parks. Runners come for the great course, ideal weather, excellent value and Niagara Falls is only 20 minutes away.

Bay State Marathon
 
4.8 (1 reviews)
Lowell, MA
October 22, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,300
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 300 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

We are consistently one of the top ten marathons for qualifying for Boston. Even with the new/harder qualifying requirements, 25% of all runners at Baystate run a BQ - making it one of the fastest marathons in America. The course itself is a double-loop course along the Merrimac River with a start/finish at the Tsongas Arena.

Providence Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Providence, RI
May 07, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,100
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 450 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Providence Marathon is one of the fastest growing races in the Northeast. As a relatively flat and fast course, it has become a favorite local qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. The course is a nice mix of historic urban and rural neighborhoods as the race starts in Downtown Providence and heads south towards the East Bay and Barrington, Rhode Island. The tree lined East Bay Bike path provides plenty of shade and scenic views of the Providence river and skyline.

Mohawk Hudson River Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Albany, NY
October 08, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,100
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 300 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Race along the historic Mohawk and Hudson Rivers utilizing 18 miles of paved bikeways. The USATF certified course starts in Central Park in Schenectady and finishes on the bike path in downtown Albany. The course generally follows the Mohawk River, on paved bicycle trails, then proceeds to the Hudson River, via the historic city of Watervliet. The point-to-point course is primarily flat and fast.

Maine Coast Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Kennebunk, ME
May 14, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 900
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 350 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

A gorgeous point-to-point course traveling from Kennebunk High School to the new Harold Alfond Forum at the University of New England in Biddeford. It travels alongside breathtaking water views for at least five miles in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Goose Rocks Beach and Fortunes Rocks Beach.

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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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