SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021, Sunday April 18, 2021 & SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 • GENEVA, IL
(UPDATED 12/30/2020) In the interest of runner, volunteer, and spectator safety, we are adjusting race logistics and reducing the capacity of the Saturday, April 17, 2021 Spring Chance BQ.2 race. To accommodate all runners, we are adding a second Spring Chance BQ.2 race on Sunday, April 18, 2021. In addition, to accommodate the limited number of 2020 qualifying races, we’ve rolled back our BQ.2 qualifying races by one year. We’re also moving open registration for the Spring Chance BQ.2 up one month to February 1, 2021.
The Spring Chance BQ.2 will be redesigned to minimize runner, volunteer, and spectator risks in the current COVID-19 environment. Part of our redesign is dependent upon runners adhering to public health guidelines out of respect for their fellow runners. Some of these changes are mandated by the State of Illinois Department of Health. Other changes are the result of medical team, municipality, volunteer, runner, and event input. Details will be outlined fully in the runner guide. We ask for everyone’s understanding and cooperation as we prioritize safety, your personal race goals, and race experience over some of our typical amenities and the spectator’s experience.
Here are some highlights of the redesign:
Additional Race. 2021’s Saturday SCBQ.2 will have a limited field capacity in order to comply with Illinois Phase 4. A Sunday SCBQ.2 race will be added to accommodate all of our runners.
7 Waves. Runners will move throughout race village and start in 7 separate waves.Runners are seeded by eligibility times submitted and by qualifying times needed for Boston 2022. Specific details will be available in the runner guide, available late March.
No Pacers. We must minimize runner bunching at all times during the event. With Boston’s race rescheduling, we have no idea what target paces will be needed. Note that at BQ.2 Races, runners are bibbed by their goal BQ time. This makes it simple to locate other runners with your time and self pace. Personal pacers are strictly prohibited.
Disposable Elite Water Bottles. Bottles will be single use and runners may submit up to 7 total bottles. Bottles will be available for pre-purchase online for runners picking up their packets before race morning.
Runners are not required to participate in the Elite Water Bottle amenity and there is still one Aid Station with water and Gatorade approximately every 1.5 miles.
No Early Spectators. No Early Spectators are permitted in the race village/start finish area until 8am. Runners will finish from 9:30 a.m. -12 p.m., so there will be plenty of time to see your runner on the loop course after the race has begun. The runner guide, available in late March, will detail other places where early spectators can cheer on their runners.
Limited Post Race Village Amenities. There will be no post race stretching or massage and volunteers will hand runners pre-packed post race food. Time allowed in the Post Race Village will be limited so runners do not bunch.
If your 2021 BQ.2 Marathon Races are cancelled, active registrants will be given an option to defer to the 2022 Spring Chance BQ.2 or the 2021 Fox Valley Marathon. Per our race registration, no refunds will be issued.
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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. BQ.2 Marathon Races 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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