SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 & SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 • GENEVA, IL
Spring BQ.2: YES!
Last Chance BQ.2: Yes, every year so far, but…
Until the Boston Athletic Association announces their registration schedule in late summer, we will not know exactly where we fall in the Registration Calendar. But we like our chances.
If previous year’s schedules hold, we are right in the sweet spot of an early fall marathon that, depending on your finish time, lets you take advantage of either …
With no one able to be sure, we are your best chance for a last shot at next spring’s Boston. We will keep you posted as we hear more from the BAA in summer, and as early registration progresses in September.
Please see our eligibility page for a current list of requirements.
Note: Eligibility times are waived …
No, sorry but we accept only official finish times.
Sorry but once we are filled, we do not have a waiting list, nor do we make any exceptions to our course capacity limits. Runners expect and deserve a great shot at their qualifying time, and too many runners on the course would be detrimental to their chances. Thanks for understanding, and check out our website home page for great alterative options to get you to Boston.
Pace teams will target finishing 4 minutes under each qualifying standard so that finishing with your group not only gets you a qualifying time, but a time that will get you to the starting line. See our Pace Team page for details.
Get ready – you are about to be treated like an elite runner!
Just bring your own water bottle filled with your (preferably non-performance enhancing, non-alcoholic) drink of choice, and marked with your bib#. (Bib numbers and marking instructions will be available a few weeks before the race.) Tables of 25-30 bottles each will be available along the route, (see the course map) based on last bib digit.
Know your bib#, know your table location, and volunteers at each table will help insure you get the right bottle, and in many cases will be ready to just hand it to you as you run by.
If you drink-and-drop in the designated drop zone within 200 yards, we will retrieve your bottle and have it waiting for you the next loop. (as long as it remains properly marked). A Water / Gatorade station will be available shortly after the drop zone in case you miss your bottle on any loop. And the starting line is a special drop zone, so you can keep your bottle with you until the gun goes off.
Packet pickup for both races is available:
There is no charge or need to register for race morning pickup.
Yes! April and September mornings on the Fox River can be cool, (average mid 50’s) so gear check will be available near the starting line to keep you comfortable right up to the starting gun.
Absolutely. Our medals have a familiar yellow / blue / silver theme and are always a big hit. All finishers will get a medal regardless of whether or not you meet your qualification goal (but we hope that you do!) as long as you finish within the 4:30:00 time limit.
No, the size and purpose of the race make Boston qualification your award. There will be an award for the top Male and Female. Unlike Facebook, however, we are not able to offer awards to the top ‘transgender’, ‘gender fluid’, ‘intersex’, or ‘neither’ finishers. Pick a washroom, use it, and register for that gender’s award.
Yes, we will be offering gender-specific long sleeve tech shirts in a bold style you will be proud to show off year round, whether to kick of your Boston training, to wear on a cool Boston race day, or to show off your quest!
Yes, the race village will include massage and stretching tents to help you recover quickly from your effort.
No. Because of the limited entries to the Last Chance BQ.2 race, we do not offer the flexibility of switching between race weekends up until packet pick-up. Race Flex™ is only for switching between the following weekend’s Fox Valley Marathon Race distance (26.2, 20, or 13.1) at one of their packet pickups.
We will offer a one-time switch from Race Flex™ through May or as long as spots remain in BQ2, whichever comes first.
Yes. Besides their Last Chance 26.2 finisher medal, 2, 3, 4, and 5 year Fox Valley Marathon Races finishers can pick up their multi-year Endurance Medal at the finish village Endurance Award tent, and 5 year finishers can also get their 5th year Quarter-Zip at the tent. Any Fox Valley Marathon race any year makes you eligible, so if you were not an official Fox Valley finisher last year, this year’s BQ2 will start your streak so running Fox Valley next year will get you a 2-year medal.
The Last Chance BQ.2 (September race) is a qualifying race for the ‘Valley & ‘Ville’ 2-race or ‘Chicagoland Triple Crown’ 3-race medal.
No. While that would be a great feat, but you won’t get an extra medal for it. This race is here to get you to Boston!
Deferrals are available as follows …
Questions? email us – firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualify for Boston 2019
Take the best shot at 2019 Boston with an experienced race team whose goal is to do everything possible to get you and 300 other runners to the 2018 starting line in Hopkinton. MarathonGuide.com currently lists 7 marathons on the weekend of 9/8-9/9. 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 2019 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 in 2017, (over 57% for BQ.2 Chicagoland).
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