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FAQ

Will this get me into Boston next spring?

Spring BQ will get you into Boston the following spring. If previous year’s schedules hold, the Last Chance BQ.2 will get you in the following spring and possibly a second Boston. We will keep you posted as we hear more from the BAA over the summer.

What half marathon or full finish time do I need to make me eligible for the BQ.2 Marathon Races?

Please see our registration page for a current list of eligibility requirements. 

Eligibility times are waived on February 1st if the Spring race has not filled and on June 1st if the fall race has not filled.

Can I use the half split of a full marathon or virtual marathon to be eligible?

No, we only accept official finish times. 

Once you are filled will you keep a waiting list?

Sorry, but once the race is filled we do not keep a waiting list nor do we make any exceptions to course capacity.

Is there are pace team?

Yes, please see our Race Information page for information on the pace team.

How do the Elite Water Tables work?

All of our BQ.2 Marathon Races runners get elite treatment with our elite water bottle tables. 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. A station of 10 tables will be available along the route (see the course map). Your bottle table will be determined by the last digit of your bib. If you're confused, don't worry! Our expert bottles team will help you place your 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.

When and where is packet pickup?

Please see our Race Information page for details.

Do you offer gear check?

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 start.

Will there be finisher medals?

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.

Will there be awards?

We offer a champion award for categories with 50 or more registrants. Age group awards are not offered. 

Is a race shirt included in my packet?

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.

I've registered, but cannot run. Can I get a refund, deferral or transfer??

No refunds are available for any reason. We do allow deferrals. Please see our Registration Page for details. 

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