OAM Metro Sports Medicine Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon


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Get to Boston in 2016 & 2017 !
A race we designed specifically to give you a shot at getting to Boston in 2016 and as a bonus it may well count for 2017 too! It’s September 12th and limited to 330 runners.

See our Qualifying times page for qualifying times. THERE IS A 4:30 TIME LIMIT. If the BAA criteria for 2016 is the same as this year, our event will fall 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 2016! Also, the qualification window for 2017 would open the same day–so qualifying once will give you both 2016 and 2017 qualification! Brought to you by the same team from the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon As runners, we know how important Boston is to you. And we know what it takes to get there. We’ve been there ourselves, and we’ve helped THOUSANDS of runners get there in our 10 years with the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. And for 2015, we’re here to help you get there with a race focused completely on getting you to Boston 2016.CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS

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
timeclockBecause 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 12, 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
runnersDue 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 2016 Boston with an experienced race team whose goal is to do everything possible to get you and 329 other runners to the 2016 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 2016, or one of the first chances at Boston 2017 and your next age group qualifying standard.

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