Frequently Asked Questions
Specific Race Day Instructions
ADDRESS is at The Meadows pavilion at Millennium Park at 1400 Maynard. 7am Start

AID STATIONS At each aid station, we’ll have water and Gatorade available. There will also be FIVE ELITE WATER BOTTLE TABLES at each aid station. If you have your own water bottles (One bottle for each of the two aid stations) you can leave them at the start BEFORE 6:30am. They’ll be on the tables based on the last digit of your bib number. Numbers ending in 1 or 2 will be on the first table, 3 or 4 on the second table, etc. After the aid station is a “Drop zone” where you can toss your bottle. Our volunteers will then return it to the table before you get there the next time. You’ll pass through each aid station six times. (Aid station locations: near the 1 mile mark and the 3 mile mark.) HAVING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLES IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL. WE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF WATER AND GATORADE.

BICYCLES Runners MAY NOT be accompanied or assisted by bicyclists and will be disqualified if this occurs. This is a full course, and bicycles represent a danger to other racers as well.

COURSE PREVIEW The course will be marked early Friday so it’s easy to follow. If you do the start leg, once around the loop, and the finish leg, it’s about 6 miles.  Come on out and check out the course.

ELITE RUNNERS In case you don’t know what an elite runner looks like in this race, look in the mirror. Yeah. There’s one of them. You and everybody else in this race.

GEAR CHECK is available at the Start/Finish area. We will monitor the area, but gear is left at your own risk.

GU will be available at aid station 1 after the first loop.

MILE MARKERS Every mile is marked! But you kinda thought that would happen anyway, right?

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. You will need your ID to pick up your race packet. You must pick up your own race packet.

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. People without a bib should stay off the course. There are lots of people shooting for the same thing you are to pace with.

PARKING There is plenty of parking on-site. Get there early and be nice to the parking guys.

PASSING Please stay to the right so people can pass you on the left.

START TIME The event starts at 7:00 am.

TIMING Timing services by Classic Race Management. BIB TIMING CHIPS. DO NOT FOLD YOUR BIB! This is important. We don’t want you to have problems with your timing chip.

WATER BOTTLES To have your special water bottles transported to the aid stations they must be left in the designated boxes NO LATER THAN 6:30 a.m. You will be going by your bottles six times. If you have a “pit crew” person who you would like to refill your bottle for you, that’s OK. He or she will have to hang around the aid stations to watch you come through.

Will this get me into Boston 2019
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 2019 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 tables in case you miss your bottle on any loop. WE DO NOT REFILL YOUR SPECIAL BOTTLES. BUT YOU MAY HAVE A PERSONAL CREW PERSON WHO DOES THAT FOR YOU IF YOU LIKE.
When / where is Packet Pickup?
Packet Pickup will be available Friday at Fulton Street Pub and Grill from 3-8pm, and at the race site on race morning beginning at 5:30 am.
Do you offer gear check?
Yes. Unmonitored, but yes.
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.
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.