Race Update due to COVID-19

UPDATED 6/5/2020

Due to COVID-19, online registration for the Last Chance BQ.2 is now closed. The field size is limited this year in order to accommodate a redesigned BQ.2 race environment that takes into consideration runner and volunteer safety, as well as state and local requirements. We do not have a wait list. Should conditions change, we may be able to open up more spots, but there is no way to predict this. Any updates on more registration spots will be posted to our website and social Media.



UPDATED 5/29/2020


As we all know, these are challenging times. As with every year, our highest priority is the health and safety of our runners, volunteers, medical team, and everyone else who helps make the Last Chance BQ.2 America’s #1 qualifier. That said, getting you to Boston is also at the top of our priorities. 

Based on our interpretation of the BAA statement about the expanded window for Boston 2021 qualifying races (BAA STATEMENT) we anticipate the times needed to get into Boston 2021 to be even lower, meaning the Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon’s emphasis on getting runners their best times will be even higher for this year. 

We’re a smaller race and already planning additional health and safety measures for the event to hopefully allow it to proceed under the State of Illinois guidelines. Our message today is that we’re planning a REDESIGNED 2020 Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon. We are in contact with local public officials who are closely monitoring the developments related to COVID-19.

In the unfortunate event that we are unable to hold the race, registrants will be offered a deferral to the 2021 Spring Chance BQ.2 or the 2021 Last Chance BQ.2. However, a refund will not be an option. Our goal is to have a final decision by late July.

Thank you for your patience as we all navigate through these difficult times together. 

Stay healthy and keep running.

Your Race Directors,

Craig Bixler and Dave Sheble

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