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Honolulu Marathon
 
4.1 (10 reviews)
Honolulu, HI
December 10, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 20,000
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 300 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

With roughly 25,000 finishers, the Honolulu Marathon is consistently placed among the world's ten largest marathons. It is unique in that entry to the Honolulu Marathon is open to everybody. Unlike other marathons of similar size, popularity, and stature, there are no qualifying standards to meet, no fixed limits on the number of runners, and no time limit to finish the course. This, combined with a gorgeous ocean-front course and warm temperatures make it a perfect destination marathon for people all around the world.

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.

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.

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.

L.A. Marathon
 
4.6 (4 reviews)
Los Angeles, CA
March 19, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 20,000
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 475 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

With more than 20,000 participants, 6,000 volunteers, and 1 million spectators, the LA Marathon is one of the largest organized road races in the world. The "Stadium to the Sea" course starts at Dodger Stadium, finishes by the Santa Monica Pier, and is considered one of the most scenic courses in the world.

California International Marathon
 
4.7 (4 reviews)
Sacramento, CA
December 03, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 6,000
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 150 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 0.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The California International Marathon (CIM) was founded in 1983 and year-over-year continues to bring a world-class running event to the Sacramento area. The course is a very fast, point-to-point, net-downhill marathon that traces a historic route used by the gold miners during the 1849 Gold Rush. It begins at the Folsom Dam, passes through semi-rural suburbs into bustling midtown Sacramento, and has a spectacular finish in front of the California State Capitol.

Grandma's Marathon
 
4.2 (4 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.

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.

Rock 'n' Roll Mardi Gras Marathon
 
4.2 (4 reviews)
New Orleans, LA
February 05, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 3,500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 200 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

This mixed out & back style course tours New Orleans's historic and treasured gems, including the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, St. Charles Avenue, the Garden District, and Audubon and City parks. The course is flat and fast and a great Boston qualifier.

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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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