Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon

REGISTRATION for the 2020 Spring Chance BQ.2 is Open!

BQ.2 Marathon Races are specifically scheduled and designed to be your  best chance to qualify for 2020 Boston at 1 minute under your standard to get you to the starting line in Hopkinton.  The field will be capped at 300 runners per race to insure a quality experience.

The 2019 Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon was a HUGE Success

– Perfect temps and a great field lead to over 61% of finishers qualifying.

– Congratulations and THANK YOU to our runners!  Results are available here.

America's #1 Qualifier

Over 50% of finishers have qualified for the past 5 years!

America's #2 Fastest

Weather, course, and focus have combined to make BQ2 ranked among the top 3 fastest races for the past 5 years.

WHO: 300 eligible runners from across North America, all with one dream

Runners from over 30 states, Canada, Mexico, and a handful of other countries come to Spring Change BQ.2 and Last Chance BQ.2 each year to make their Boston dreams come true.  Over 50% of finishers do just that, taking advantage of the course, the weather, and the perks to beat their qualifying times and get a chance to register for Boston.

WHAT: BEST chances to get to Boston

Spring Chance BQ.2 is a late April race designed for runners who have trained all winter and are ready to qualify early and take the pressure off of their summer.

WHY: To give you a last, best shot at getting into Boston

The Spring Chance BQ.2 is here to give you your best chance at crossing the finish line not just within your qualifying limit, but 1 minute under to get you to the starting line in Hopkinton.

WHERE: Geneva IL, 45 minutes west of Chicago

Fabyan Forest Preserve West, Route 31 just north of Fabyan Parkway, on a flat, fast, sheltered scenic paved loop of the Fox River Trail. Easy access from Chicago’s O’Hare, Midway, and Rockford airports.

WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2020

  • Friday, April 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. —  Early packet pickup, Geneva Running Outfitters, 221 W State St, Geneva IL
  • Friday, April 17,  4 p.m. – 5 p.m. —  Race village preview, course preview jog, Q&A, elite bottle marking station
  • Saturday, April 18,  5:15 a.m. – 6:25 a.m.  — Race day packet pickup, elite bottle drop and marking
  • Saturday, April 18, 6:30 a.m. —  Race start

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.  Spring or Fall, BQ.2 gives you the experienced race team, a track record of success, the extra perks and the best odds
to make this your Boston year!

Contact Us


Mailing Address
Fox Valley Marathon
PO Box 3955
St. Charles, IL 60174

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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. 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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