Frequently Asked Questions
Specific Race Day Instructions
ADDRESS is 1700 Butterworth Drive SW, Grand Rapids. Your GPS might take you farther out Butterworth, so be cool. When you go past the Coke Plant and under the underpass, you’ll veer left into the park.

PACKET PICKUP at Fulton Street Pub & Grill, 801 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids Friday night from 3pm-8pm. At Race site, Saturday morning starting at 5:30am

PARKING There is plenty of parking on-site

WATER TABLES There are two water tables for elite runners. Yes, that means YOU. If you want your own special water bottles, we will have two boxes available until 6:30 for your bottle to be transferred to each of the two aid stations. After the “elite” water tables, there will also be water and Gatorade. Just past the aid station, there’s a “drop zone” where you can drop your bottle and it will be transported back to the “elite” water table.

PACING: We’ll have signs at the starting line. Talk to the people who are shooting for the same times, and plan to work together with them as you work your way into Boston! You may use GPS technology. The first three digits of your race bib correspond to your BQ time, so you can easily find the people you want to pace with.

Will this get me into Boston 2017?
Yes, if you make the qualifying standards.
- Early Registration (20 minutes below qualifying standards) starts on the Monday following our race.
- Or the first day of General Registration (all qualifying times) the next Monday. We will keep you posted as we hear more from the BAA about the opening of the 2017 qualification window.
What race finish times are needed to make me eligible for the Last Chance BQ.2.
Our “recommended standards” can be found on our Eligibility page.
Do you have Pace Teams?
No. We have something better. The first three digits of your bib number are your qualifying time. Example: If your qualifying time is 3:30, your bib number will be 330-XX. You will line up with the people with the same qualifying time, where you can work together with others who have the same goal. The object of this race is to get EVERYBODY to Boston, so while there’s competition, there’s also cooperation.
How will the Elite water bottle tables work?
Get ready – you are about to be treated like an elite runner! Just bring one or two of your own water 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 before the race.) Tables of 25-30 bottles each will be available along the route at both of the aid stations (see the course map) marked with the last two digits of your bib number. For example,Know your bib#, know your table location, and volunteers at each table will help insure you get the right bottle, and in many cases will be ready to just hand it to you as you run by.If you drink-and-drop in the designated drop zone within 200 yards, we will retrieve your bottle and have it waiting for you the next loop. (as long as it remains properly marked). A Water / Gatorade station will be available shortly after the elite water table in case you miss your bottle on any loop. And the starting line is a special drop zone, so you can keep your bottle with you until the gun goes off.
When / where is Packet Pickup?
Packet Pickup will be available Friday at Fulton Street Pub and Grill from 3-8pm, and on race morning beginning at 5:30 am.
Do you offer gear check?
Will there be Finisher Medals?
Absolutely. Runners have always loved our medals, and the Last Chance 26.2 medals will be another big hit. As a finisher, you will get one 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 Age Group Awards?
No, the size and purpose of the race make Boston qualification your award. There will be an award for the top Male and Female. Unlike Facebook, however, we are not able to offer awards to the top ‘transgender’, ‘gender fluid’, ‘intersex’, or ‘neither’ finishers. Pick a washroom, use it, and register for that gender’s award.
Will you offer race shirts?
Yes, we will be offering gender specific long sleeve tech shirts, ideal to kick off your fall Boston training or to wear on a cool Boston race day! See the question on Age Group Awards for gender details.
I’m already signed up for a the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon race. Can I run this instead?
Yes, (space permitting), if you are eligible for the Last Chance BQ.2 race, you can sign up before May 31, notify us via email and we will refund your MHGRM entry fee. So pick a spring half, get eligible, and take the plunge.
I’ve registered but cannot run. Are there and Refunds, Deferrals, or Transfers
No, No, and No.


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