Flat and Fast Marathon Courses

We all love marathons with flat and fast courses, they are fun and easy to run. They are the sort of races where you are likely to polish up your running CV by setting a new personal best. Here is a list of 5 marathons with flattest and fastest courses. They are from USA and Europe.

Fastest Marathon Courses

Austin Marathon

The course of Austin marathon is relatively flat. But what makes it even more fast is excellent organization. The race has more water and food stands to hydrate and feed the runners, than are typical of marathons elsewhere.

The start line of the  Marathon and Half Marathon is located at 16th Street and Congress Avenue. The courses meanders along 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 Capitol complex. Data from official site.

If the flat course is not enough reason to power you racing to the finish line, there are over 30 rock bands lined up along the course to cheer you on.

Napa Valley Marathon

This marathon was voted by Forbes magazine as one of the best marathons in the world. The course runs the length of the famed Napa Valley wine-growing region. It start line is at Calistoga, famous for its geysers and curative waters, and then moves south along the historic Silverado Trail to finish at Vintage High School in north Napa. Apart from the flat and fast course, on the background of the course are views of the valley, flowering fruit trees, and dormant vineyards carpeted with golden mustard flowers. At the bottom of official site, there is this warning “If you cannot finish the race within the 6 hour time limit, please do not enter and take an entry spot away from a runner who can finish within the allotted time.”

Philadelphia Marathon

The welcome message on the official site says it all “Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first-timer, Philadelphia is the place for you. We’ve designed our course to be scenic, fan-friendly and, above all, great for running. It’s no wonder we’re consistently listed among the top ten races in the country, recognized for our mostly flat terrain, ideal temperature and awesome atmosphere.”

Boston Marathon

Although Boston is known for being hilly. The word “Hilly” is deceptive. Majority of the hilly sections are sections where you are running down hill. When running down hill it is very easy to run fast. NB. The fastest time ever ran on a marathon course was set at Boston marathon by Patrick Makau of Kenya.

Flattest Marathon Courses

Berlin Marathon

There is a good reason why so many new marathon record times have been set at this icon european race. This German race is well known for its flat and even surface. Another element that aids the runners is the perfect autumn weather.The course starts and finishes near the Brandenburg Gate.The race has a good spectator support.  The race slogan is “Marathon party at the fastest course in the world.” See official Berlin marathon site.

Las Vegas Marathon

The race is part of Rock & Roll marathon series. The marathon and half marathon courses are as flat and festive as they come – perfect for runners and walkers of all ability levels. Although the course is flat, the race has a carnival atmosphere that can act as a distraction. There is a drive through wedding(Yes, you can renew your vows while running) and so many runners running dressed in Elvis costume.  See Las Vegas Marathon.

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