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Houston Marathon
 
4.7 (4 reviews)
Houston, TX
January 15, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 7,800
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 150 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Chevron Houston Marathon offers participants a unique running experience in America's fourth largest city. The course is flat and fast and starts in downtown near Minute Maid Park with tours of many local neighborhoods and favorites, including River Oaks, Upper Kirby, Montrose, Rice University, Memorial Park, and the Buffalo Bayou.

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 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.

Austin Marathon
 
4.8 (4 reviews)
Austin, TX
February 19, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 3,200
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 575 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Austin Marathon is a USATF certified courses that runs through some of Austin’s most scenic and historic areas, including Lady Bird Johnson Lake, the Allandale and Hyde Park neighborhoods, Congress Avenue, the University of Texas campus, and the State Capital complex. The gently rolling and shaded course is 90% asphalt with long straightaways.

Dallas White Rock Marathon
 
4.0 (4 reviews)
Dallas, TX
December 10, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,800
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 450 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and 5-Person Relay is a flat and fast race, featuring a scenic course that highlights the best areas of Dallas. The course begins and ends in Downtown Dallas passes through the West Dallas Loop, over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, through the Dallas Design District, along majestic Turtle Creek, through prestigious Highland Park, around White Rock Lake, through beautiful Lakewood and down the Swiss Avenue historical district and eclectic streets of Deep Ellum before the finish in Downtown.

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 San Antonio Marathon
 
3.6 (3 reviews)
San Antonio, TX
December 03, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,500
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 300 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon course is as flat and festive as they come – perfect for runners and walkers of all ability levels. Live bands, cheer squads and themed water stations add inspiration to every mile.

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
 
4.9 (4 reviews)
Oklahoma City, OK
April 30, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,200
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 350 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Voted one of the 12 ‘must-run’ marathons in the world by Runner’s World magazine, the 26.2 miles of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon are packed with cheering supporters and the most beautiful neighborhoods in Oklahoma City. Compete against some of the top runners in the region, and join more than 25,000 participants on the starting line racing to remember the 168 people who were killed in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995, and to honor those who survived.

Little Rock Marathon
 
4.9 (2 reviews)
Little Rock, AR
March 05, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,000
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 575 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Known for giving the world's largest marathon finisher's medal, the Little Rock Marathon offers a variety of events to its participants. A race for every pace. Come enjoy the lively brand of southern hospitality only at the Little Rock Marathon. The Little Rock Marathon is a project of and benefits Little Rock Parks & Recreation. The course itself is a great tour through the scenic streets of Arkansas' capital city.

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.

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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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