SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023 & SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2024 • GENEVA, IL
The Boston schedule is not solidified, but based on history and current Boston announcements, this will get you into the next.
Spring BQ will get you in. For fall, if previous year’s schedules hold, we are right in the sweet spot of an early fall marathon that, depending on your finish time, gets you into 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. In addition, there are absolutely NO exceptions to eligibility requirements unless the race is not filled by 6/1 (fall race) or 2/1 (spring race).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.
Yes, there are pace teams for the BQ.2 Marathon Races. See our Pace Team page for details.
Get ready – you are about to be treated like an elite runner!
Bring bottles 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.
Bottles will be single use and runners may submit up to 7 total bottles. Bring your own bottles or purchase during Friday packet pickup. 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.
Packet pickup will be available the Friday before the race and race morning. Check out Packet Pickup page for details.
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.
Prize Money – Not for this race. The host organization offers prize money to overall categories with 1500 or more registrants*. That is unlikely for the BQ.2 – Chicagoland races.
Overall Awards – Yes, for qualifying categories. The host organization offers Overall awards to categories with 50 or more registrants*. BQ.2 offers a “Champion” award for each of those categories.
Age Group Awards – Not for this race. While the host organization typically offers age group awards for groups with 5 or more registrants*, the size and purpose of this race make Boston qualification the award.
*Note: Registrant counts are tallied on the 1st of the month preceding the race. They can also be based on historical counts, if registrations have been significant in past years.
Yes, entry includes a gender specific long-sleeve shirt in a familiar blue and yellow style that you will be proud to show to your fellow runners.
Yes! Post-race massage is returning to the BQ.2 Marathon Races.
Limited deferrals are available as follows**:
** Note: a limited number of deferrals to each race are available.
***Note: your eligibility race result time and date must meet next year’s eligibility requirements if you choose that option.
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. 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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