SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 & SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 • GENEVA, IL
This is a course specifically designed to get YOU to Boston.
Featuring a net downhill, (thanks to a gentle grade on the 0.3 mile starting spur), the 3.21 mile loop course offers plenty of shade, scenic views of parks and forest preserves bordering the river, and a glimpse of downtown Batavia.
We’re excited to offer a new and improved course for the 2020 BQ.2 Marathon Races!
In October 2019, improvements were made to the park that hosts the start / finish of the BQ.2 events, which resulted in a course change. While the course remains the familiar 8 loop format, with loop #1 adjustments to insure an accurate distance and a net downhill, BQ.2 veterans will notice a few improvements to the course. Rest assured we’ve discussed the course improvements with a number of runners and the response was overwhelmingly positive.
As before, non-standard-loop adjustments are all done early (before and within loop #1) so you’re fresh, it’s easy to follow the runner (or lead bike) just in front of you, and you get onto the familiar loop course before mile #3. If you’re like us and geeky enough to want details, the adjustments include:
– .97 mile start spur, similar to the previous .5 mile spur, but now as a short loop done 1.5 times
– A start line at the peak of the start loop to give the biggest net downhill the course will allow
– A .4 mile out and .4 back road spur between miles 2 and 3
While we (and you per your results and comments) loved the old course, we think this one is even a little better. We look forward to the 2020 races!
The paved trail along both sides of the Fox Valley River is nearly pancake flat.
The path, river proximity, dawn starting time, and average lows in the mid 50’s make for a high probability of ideal racing conditions: cool temps and low wind.
And the 8 loop course means 16 Aid Stations, 8 shots at the Elite Water Bottle table (yes, you are treated like an elite runner in this one), and plenty of opportunities for race-provided gel, oranges, ice, bananas, and of course, your own cheering section.
Qualify for Boston
Take the best shot at Boston with an experienced race team whose goal is to do everything possible to get you and 300 other runners to the starting line in Hopkinton. MarathonGuide.com currently lists 7 marathons on the same weekend as the Last Chance BQ.2. Only 2 of them – Last Chance BQ.2 – Chicagoland and Last Chance BQ.2 – Grand Rapids are designed and focused solely to help runners get to the Boston starting line in Hopkinton MA. With that focus, it should be no surprise that they were ranked as the qualifiers with the highest percentage of finishers.
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