Monday, October 12, 2009

Comparing marathon elevation profiles

In 6 days I will be doing the Detroit Marathon with my sister Monique, and Shannon will be doing the Nike Womens Marathon with her friend Denise. Shannon likes to obsess about hills, so she asked me to put together a comparison of elevation profiles so she has an idea of what to expect in San Francisco.
So I compared the Nike and Detroit marathons to others we have done, Umstead, Bayshore and New York. I threw in Boston which we will be doing next year. I got these from, and carefully put them at the same scale (1 pixel for every 5 feet)

I thought I would post this for others who like to obsess. Enjoy.

Comparing the elevation profiles of:
  • The Umstead Marathon (in Raleigh, NC)
  • The Nike Women's Marathon (in San Francisco)
  • The Detroit Marathon (Had to add in the tunnel and bridge)
  • The Bayshore Marathon (in Traverse City, MI)
  • The New York Marathon (Might not have the bridges)
  • The Boston Marathon
  • Grandfather Mountain Marathon (Boone, NC)

Click on the image below to get the full size picture.