Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon
Get to Boston in 2015 & 2016 !
A new race we designed specifically to give you a shot at getting to Boston in 2015 and as a bonus it counts for 2016 too! It’s September 13th and limited to 300 runners. There are limited spots left and we are in the Open Registration phase meaning you no longer need to pre-qualify! If you want to try to get to Boston in the next two years this is the race for you.
OAM Metro Sports Medicine is now the title sponsor of the Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon in Grand Rapids!
See our Qualifying times page for suggested times, but if you think you’re in shape for a BQ, you’re welcome to register. THERE IS STILL A 4:30 TIME LIMIT.The BAA has announced their criteria for registration, and as planned, our event falls at the end of the early registration week. So beating your BQ time by 5 minutes means you’ll be able to register that afternoon for Boston 2015! Also, the qualification window for 2016 opens the same day–so qualifying once will give you both 2015 and 2016 qualification!
Brought to you by the same team from the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon
|What: Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon|
|An early September Marathon designed to help runners meet a very specific goal.
Another race innovation from your friends at the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon and the Fox Valley Marathon Races.
|Why: To give you one last, best shot at getting into Boston 2015|
|Because of the growing popularity of the marathon distance, and the early registration schedule for the Boston Marathon, registration is again likely to close for 2015 before the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon is held on October 19, leaving a lot of runners disappointed. Our new Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon is here to give runners back that opportunity.|
|When: Saturday, September 13, 7:00am|
|The weekend before Boston General Registration opens (if last year’s schedule holds true), one week before the Fox Valley Marathon, and five weeks before the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon.|
|Where: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kent County Park Headquarters, 1700 Butterworth|
|A very scenic, mostly flat course with a few gently rolling hills in the east half of Millennium Park.|
|Who: Limited to a field of 330 runners who are within reach of qualifying for the BAA Boston Marathon|
|Due to limited field capacity, only runners with appropriate 13.1 or 26.2 finish times will be accepted. See our Eligibility page for details. **QUALIFYING TIMES OPTIONAL–4:30 TIME LIMIT STILL IN EFFECT.|
Check out our REASONS TO RUN
Take one last shot at 2015 Boston with an experienced race team whose goal is to do everything possible to get you and 329 other runners to the 2015 starting line in Hopkinton.
Now, with 2 qualifier marathons over 5 weeks, you have an option, whether you want a last chance to get to the upcoming Boston 2015, or one of the first chances at Boston 2016 and your next age group qualifying standard.