Rules: The following rules have been adopted by the
Board of Directors of the 50 State Marathon Club for the sole purpose of providing all
members a defined, practical guideline for the events/races that will count towards the
member's goal of completion of the marathon distance (or longer) in each of the 50 states.
While the Club does recognize many other marathon accomplishments by members,
including century milestones, Canadian provinces, countries, etc., the following rules are
specific to the 50 events/races members will use to account for completion of marathon
distance (or longer) in each state. These rules will take effect on 1/1/2013; events prior to 1/1/2013 will be considered using the old rules.
1. A marathon must be the full distance of 26
miles 385 yards (42.195 km) and an ultra is defined as any distance greater than the
marathon distance. For a
non-certified course to count, the race organization must make a good faith effort to ensure that the course is at least the marathon
distance. The event must be
announced as a marathon or ultra. The participant must traverse the entire
race course as defined by the organizers.
2. The event shall have an announced race
director, race organization and/or running club to supervise and take responsibility for
the event, and be available to certify the runner's completion of the distance. It must
have had a minimum of 60 days advanced publicity in a running publication, magazine,
newspaper, web site or race brochure. Verifiable
results must be maintained and/or posted to the general public. Someone who is not running in the event must be
available to time it.
3. The event shall have a minimum of 10
finishers. If an ultra and a marathon are being held simultaneously, the combined
number of runners may meet this rule.
4. A marathon shall be run without interruption
except for natural events such as a thunderstorm. A run temporarily
interrupted by a natural event can be counted if at least 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km) has been completed, and is allowed by
the race director.
stage or multi-day event will only count as one event unless a participant can register for
single stages of the event and at least one days stage must include the distance of
26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km) or further.
6. Completion of at least a 26 mile 385 yard (42.195 km) portion
of an ultra may be counted as a marathon, if the race director so designates.
Similarly, if permitted by the race director, completion of a minimum distance greater
than a marathon in any ultra event may be considered as an ultra. However, if the
race director and race rules do not accept those shorter distances as an event, then it
cannot be counted.
7. Each member shall retain some information to substantiate each event, such as: a
finisher's certificate, published event results (www.marathonguide.com, result card,
result book, newspaper, etc.), race bib number AND medal
(both required for this option). The bib and
medal option will only be accepted for events for which no published results are
available, and are not acceptable under any circumstances for certain events. Please see the examples section, #13. Members may
use the bib and medal option for up to two events which occurred during or after the year
8. The event must either start or
finish in the state being counted. A marathon that has a route that runs into two
states cannot be counted as two states; it counts as one.
9. Guides, ultra distance
handlers, pacers, and bandits may not count the event if they did not have
assigned bib numbers and verifiable finishing results. One must be a registered participant
for the event to count.
satellite, or "virtual"
events will not be accepted. These are events
which are held in conjunction with a regular, organized marathon event, but in a separate
location. The race must physically occur in the state for which it is being counted.
11. The finisher award will be provided at no
additional cost to all finishers who have been club members who are caught up on all
dues and have been club members for more than two years prior to their finish date.
The finisher award may be purchased for $50 for all finishers who are caught up on all
dues and have been club members for more than one year but less than two years prior to
their finish date. Finishers who do not meet either of these requirements may elect
to purchase the award for $100. Please contact email@example.com for
information on purchasing an award.
1. Both marathons and ultras are
counted towards completion of the states. The marathon portion of a full triathlon or
Ironman event may be counted as a marathon.
2. If a member is allowed to start
a race early, it is the responsibility of the member to ensure that the race committee
corrects that member's time accordingly. If
a race does not allow an early start, the participant taking an unofficial early start
(not permitted or recognized by the race director) may be disqualified by the race
director and the race cannot be counted towards completion of the states. An official timer must be present to record
the early starters
3. Completion of the circuit will be accomplished when a member
has completed a marathon or ultra in each of the 50 states of the USA (DC is not required). A
verification committee will decide if a finisher has completed the circuit of the 50
states and a complimentary trophy will be ordered and presented to the member. It is
recommended that you notify the club ahead of time so that your upcoming finish can be
listed on the club schedule page and other finishing information can be provided to you.
4. When a member has completed the
50 US states he/she needs to email or
mail a list of the marathon/ultra completed in each state including: the name of the race,
the location of the race, the date completed, and the finishing time to:
50 States Marathon Club
PO Box 22517
Santa Fe, NM 87502
firstname.lastname@example.org (Beth Davenport, Verification)
email@example.com (Paula Boone, Membership)
5. Hard copy documentation of the completion of each state must be sent to the
Verification Committee before a finish will be certified. Please
retain records as stated in rule (7) above from each of the races and upon completion of
the states, submit a copy of at least one item of proof for each of the 50 states. Please
read the rules carefully and submit any questions you may have to the Verification
committee. If there is a disagreement within the committee, please notify the Board
of Directors to help resolve any issues. Certification is not required.
6. There is no time limit for completion of the circuit.
Will My Run Count?
Below is a short checklist of
questions to ask yourself about events which you have run.
If you can answer yes to each question, then there is an
excellent chance that an event you ran will count towards your 50 state goal. If, after completing this checklist, you still have
questions, please contact Beth Davenport, firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Was the race announced and run
as a marathon of
26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km) or an ultra if
it is further?
2- Did the race have a director,
organization and/or running club taking responsibility for the event?
3- Was there at least 60 days
advanced publicity of the event in a recognized running web site or publication?
4- Are the results posted to the
5- Were there at least 10
6- Was the event completed
7- Did the member retain some
information to substantiate completion of the event (i.e. results)?
8- Did the event start or finish
in the state being counted?
9- Was the member a registered
participant of the event being counted?
1. The Marine Corps Marathon counts as Virginia because it starts and ends in Virginia. Additionally, the National
Marathon, Washington DC Marathon, Adebe Bikela, and Potomac River Run which begin and end
inside DC do not count towards the state count because the District of Columbia is not a state.
2. If a race starts in one state,
crosses into another state, and returns to the original state, it may only be counted for
the state where the race started and ended. (Example: The Flying Pig Marathon begins in
OH, crosses into KY, and finishes in OH. It
may only be counted for OH.)
3. If a race starts in one state and ends in
another, it may be counted once for either the state where it started or where it
ended. If the same event is run on a
subsequent year, the race may be counted for the other state. (Example: The Hatfield McCoy Marathon begins in
KY and ends in WV and may be counted for either state. Fargo 2014 began in MN and ended in
4. The Tahoe Triple, which is held over three
days, can be counted as three races because participants may sign up for any one of the
5. The Marathon de
Sables, which is a multi-day stage race, counts as one event because participants are not
allowed to run single day stages.
6. Running a 10K race four times plus 2.125K
does not qualify as a marathon event, neither does running a
7. Running at least 50 miles of the Umstead 100
counts as an event because the race allows participants to count a 50 mile finish once
they complete at least 50 miles and less than 100.
8. Timed events (8 hour, 12 hour,
24 hour, 48 hour, etc.) can be counted as one race as long as the individual covers at
least 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km), there are lap counters, and verifiable results are maintained
and/or posted to the general public. Additionally, any event can only count as one event.
A runner may not pay multiple times, run multiple marathon distances and count the
event more than once.
9. The Hood to Coast Relay cannot be counted
because the race is not run without interruption.
10. Relay for Life,
"Fat Ass" and Big Butt events where there is no race
director, race organization, or running club to supervise and take responsibility for the
event can not be counted because verifiable results are not maintained and/or posted to
the general public. Occasionally there are marathons and ultras that are run in
national and state parks. Sometimes the park ranger (or person in charge) will not
permit foot races in their park. Thus, the race director will announce on his
website that the event is not a race in order to stay within the park rules. This
type of race is acceptable towards a state count as long as there are verifiable results
maintained and there is a race director or organization in charge.
11. If an event is cancelled prior to the start, it will not count. (Example: Myrtle Beach 2010, Southern Indiana
Classic 2011, Death Valley Trail 2011, NYC 2012, Run with the Devil 2013, Crazy Horse
2013, St. Jude Memphis 2013, Dallas 2013, GW Birthday 2014, Minneapolis 2014, Boulder
2014, Sedona 2015, Hyannis 2015, Cowtown 2015, GW Birthday 2015 date changed, Jim's Goose
Chase 2015, Frankenthon 2015, Clearwater 2016, Race the Lake 2016, MS Blues 2017, Irving 2017, Big D 2017,Golden Driller 2017, Vancouver USA 2017, Adirondack 2017, Appalachian Series GA, AL and FL 2018, Cotton Land 2018)
12. If an event is cancelled
mid-race, it will only count if the participant reached the finish line prior to the
cancellation. Results from the official race site are the
only acceptable items of proof for an event cancelled mid-race.
Chicago 2007, Green Bay 2012, Boston 2013, 26.2 with Donna 2014, Army 2014, Little
Rock 2014, Illinois 2015, Savannah RnR 2015, Vermont City 2016, Blue Ridge 2017, USAF 2018 - must have official race results with all of the splits, Fox Valley 2018. Mo' Cowbell 2018 - must have official race results with all of the splits )
13. The bib
and medal option for verification will not be accepted for any cancelled event, any event having a virtual or shadow option, or for the Bataan Memorial Death March. The Bataan Memorial Death March issues participant
medals prior to the event; this is NOT a finishers medal. The only accepted items of proof are the results
for the Bataan Memorial Death March from the race site or Marathonguide.com. Results from
the official race site are the only acceptable items of proof for an event cancelled
reasonable interruption of a race is determined by the race organization. If the race
organization decides to suspend the race for a short time because of safety issues and
then allows runners to continue, then the race may count. On their own, a member may not
start a race, leave the course for an amount of time and then return to the race to
races offer the option of being bused forward in a race and then continuing on to the
finish, a runner cannot count the race if they rode the bus and did not complete the
entire course. Marine Corps Marathon has a Beat the Bridge straggler bus. Seneca Greenway Trail Marathon 2012 also bused
people who were over the cut off time and then allowed them to continue to the finish.
Rock 'n' Roll (Competitor) events have instituted a "sag wagon" shuttle
policy where participants may board the sag wagon and be shuttled forward on the course
where they may continue to participate in the event. Even if the race
allows/encourages/promotes this, a runner cannot count the race because they did not
complete the entire 26.2 miles required. We recommend printing out a copy of your split
times for these events so that the certification committee can verify that a runner has
completed the entire course.
16. A marathon must be the full distance of 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km) and an
ultra is defined as any distance greater than the marathon distance. Races that fall short
of the distance may not be counted. Big Wildlife Runs Marathon 2015 was 25.2 miles. The
2015 ultra was greater than 26.2 miles and may be used. Chattanooga Marathon 2016 was .28
miles short. Vancouver USA 2016 was 26.1 miles long. Timberline in OR is 26.09 miles. Old Military Road Trail Marathon in OK is 23
miles. Breck Crest (Breckenridge Crest) Marathon is 23 miles. The Woodlands 2017 was .8 miles short. Milwaukee 2017 was 4,200 feet short. Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon 2017 was .295 miles short. The Barkley Fall Classic "drop-down marathon" is 22.8 miles and cannot count (the 50K can count as long as it is completed). MLK Race for the Dreams 2019 is only offered as a virtual event and cannot count.
These are the rules of our
organization and are subject to change by the Board of Directors.
Endurance Runs Decision - 2006
In response to many inquiries from our members, the Board of Directors met to discuss the
issue of whether each marathon distance in the Endurance Runs counts towards completion of
the states. The unanimous decision follows:
The Board of Directors of the 50 States Marathon Club applauds Dean Karnazes and others
for their fundraising efforts through running marathon distances for 50 consecutive days.
On 8/7/06, we reviewed the plan for these Runs, consisting of 50 marathon distances
in 50 states on 50 consecutive days.
According to the 50 States Marathon Club rules, a marathon distance must be sanctioned to
be run on the actual date of the marathon. The following states involved in the
Endurance Run have traditional marathon standards and are acceptable to the Board: Lewis
& Clark (September 17), Boulder Backroads (September 24), Portland, Oregon (October
1), St. George (October 7), Greater Hartford (October 14), Chicago (October 22), and New
York City (November 5). Other marathon distances will not be considered for
completion of the remaining states.
This ruling will allow us to maintain consistent Club
standards. As always, we welcome your questions and comments.