Last Chance BQ.2 - Grand Rapids

Sat September 7, 2019 Grand Rapids, MI US 49534 Directions


$135 7:00AM EDT
101 spots left. Registration ends September 7, 2019 at 7:00am EDT

Marathon, plus Millennium Meadows Marathon on August 25 as a training run

$160 7:00AM EDT Registration ends August 24, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

NOTE: The need for a qualifying race is waived. HOWEVER--there is still a 4:30 time limit AND you should not enter this race unless you're planning to be in shape to run a Boston Qualifier..

In 2018, 65% of finishers qualified for Boston!

You should only sign up for this race if you are going to be ready to qualify for Boston. 

A race we designed specifically to give you a shot at getting to Boston in 2020. Limited to 330 runners.
See our Qualifying times page for qualifying times. THERE IS A 4:30 TIME LIMIT. So beating your BQ time by 5 minutes means you’ll be able to register that Monday for Boston 2020! (Assuming the same registration window as last year--subject to BAA scheduling.) 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 15 years with the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. And for 2019, we’re here to help you get there with a race focused completely on getting you to Boston 20120. CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS, 616 293 3145 

There are qualifying standards to get into this race. The reason we have qualifying standards is because WE WANT EVERYONE IN THIS RACE PREPARED TO QUALIFY FOR BOSTON! The table is below. For Boston Qualifying standards and info on their registration dates, CLICK

Our sister BQ.2 race is being held in Geneva, Illinois a week later! It's under different management and on a different registration platform. Don't get confused. They also do a Spring Chance BQ.2 in the spring. 

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

1400 Maynard SW
Grand Rapids, MI US 49534

To get into this event, you need to complete a qualifying race. Qualifying Race Information:


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.

AWARDS Finisher medals for all finishers. There are no age group awards--your age group award is you're going to Boston. First place award for first male and first female. 

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.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.

PARKING There is plenty of parking on-site. Get there early and be nice to the parking guys. Don't park in the first row by the restrooms, and don't back into a spot so your trailer hitch is in the middle of the sidewalk.

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

START TIME The event starts at 7:00 am. 

TIME LIMIT Time limit is 4.5 hours. However, if you're in your last loop, or your BQ time is longer than that (being "chronologically gifted" and you're still making good progress, you can still finish--we'll be there for you.

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.


Race Contact Info

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Course Map

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The course start/finish is at Millennium Park, Meadows Pavilion. Course is USATF Certified MI18031MN. Millennium Meadows Marathon

Training Run

You can add on the Millennium Meadows Marathon on August 25 as a training run for only $40.00. Run 18 or 22 miles, or if you're having a good day do the whole 26.2 and collect a finisher medal and a BQ that day! Or run the half just to get the feel of the course.