Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon

September 14, 2019, 6:30 a.m.

BQ.2 Marathon Races are specifically scheduled and designed to be your  best chance to qualify for 2019 Boston at 4+ minutes under your 2019 standard to get you to the starting line in Hopkinton.  The field will be capped at 300 runners per race to insure a quality experience.

America's #1 Qualifier

  57% of 2017 Last Chance BQ.2 finishers

   Over 60% of 2017 Spring Chance BQ.2 finishers

   Over 40% of 2016 finishers

   Over 50% of 2015 finishers

    Over 60% of 2014 finishers

America's #2 Fastest

  TBD average 2017 Last Chance BQ.2  finish time

3:38 average 2017 Spring Chance BQ.2 finish time

3:40 average 2016 finish time

3:37 average 2015 finish time

3:34 average 2014 finish time 

WHO: 300 eligible runners from across North America, all with one dream

Runners from 32 states and 3 provinces came to the 2016 Last Chance BQ.2 to make their Boston dreams come true. 41% of them did, taking advantage of the course, the weather, and the perks to beat their qualifying times and register on the spot (Early Registration, 5 minutes under qualifying time) or 2 days later at the start of General Registration.

WHAT: BEST chances to get to Boston

Last Chance BQ.2 is an early September race for runners looking for 1 last shot at qualifying or improving their qualifying time.  It is held just before general registration opens for Boston (if past schedules hold true), and the weekend before the Advocate Health Care Fox Valley Marathon Races.

WHY: To give you a last, best shot at getting into Boston 2019

The Last Chance BQ.2 is here to give you your best chance at crossing the finish line not just within your qualifying limit, but 3+ minutes under to get you to the starting line in Hopkinton.

WHERE: Geneva IL, 45 minutes west of Chicago

Fabyan Forest Preserve West, Route 31 just north of Fabyan Parkway, on the flattest, easiest portion of the  Fox Valley Marathon Races 26.2, 20, and 13.1 courses. Easy access from Chicago’s O’Hare, Midway, and Rockford airports.

WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2018

  • Friday, September 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Early packet pickup, Geneva Running Outfitters, 221 W State St, Geneva IL
  • Friday, September 7, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.   Race village preview, course preview jog, Q&A, elite bottle marking station
  • Saturday, September 8, 5:15 a.m. – 6:25 a.m.   Race day packet pickup, elite bottle drop and marking
  • Saturday, September 8, 6:30 a.m.  Race start

Qualify for Boston 2019!

Take the best shot at 2019 Boston with an experienced race team whose goal is to do everything possible to get you and 300 other runners to the 2019 starting line in Hopkinton.  Spring or Fall, BQ.2 gives you the experienced race team, a track record of success, the extra perk’s and the best odds
to make 2019 your Boston year!

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Mailing Address
Fox Valley Marathon
PO Box 3955
St. Charles, IL 60174

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Qualify for Boston 2019

Take the best shot at 2019 Boston with an experienced race team whose goal is to do everything possible to get you and 300 other runners to the 2019 starting line in Hopkinton. currently lists 7 marathons on the weekend of 9/8-9/9. Only 2 of them – Last Chance BQ.2 – Chicagoland and Last Chance BQ.2 – Grand Rapids are designed and focused solely to help runners get to the 2019 Boston starting line in Hopkinton MA. With that focus, it should be no surprise that they were ranked as the qualifiers with the highest percentage of finishers in 2017, (over 57% for BQ.2 Chicagoland).

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