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Marathon Wait List System is Up and Running

Good news – our partners at Lightbox have gotten the wait list system up and running.

We seeded it with those folks who asked to be added (in the order in which we received them).  If you are one of them you have received an email telling you where you are on the list.  waitList

If you want to be added to the marathon wait  list – go to our on-line registration page and click the “Get on the Wait List” button.

When you are added to the list you will get an email telling you where on the list you currently are.

When a spot becomes available, you will get an email with a “bypass” code to enter into the marathon, even though we have it closed.  You will have 72 hours to register and then your spot is given to the next person.

Good luck and thanks for your support and patience.

Marathon – Sold Out

The high level of interest in the Baystate Marathon (thank you runners!) means that we have reached maximum capacity. Registration for the marathon is closed.

Managing Your Registration

You can manage and make changes to your registration on-line.

Things you can do are:

  1. Verify your registration and/or edit personal details
  2. Switch between the marathon and half marathon
  3. Transfer your registration to another person

On-Line Registation Is Up Again

We have been informed by Lightbox credit card processor ( has fixed the problem that knocked us off line.

Volunteer Registration is Open

2014 Baystate Volunteer Registration

We are using VolunteerSpot to coordinate our volunteers this year.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!


Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact and Jen can sign you up manually.

Additionally – We are always looking for creative, self-activated people to help with the race committee.  All positions are “volunteer based” – none of us are paid.  We meet once a month until August, then every two weeks and starting in September – every week.  If you can take a job – make it your own – and run with it – we ‘d be interested in having you help.  Just email Glenn at

Save $5

Save Me

Save yourself five bucks by registering before Friday August 1st.

As Friday arrives – at midnight – so do the new prices.  We will still be one of the most affordable races you can find – at $80 for the marathon and $60 for the half.

But hey – five bucks is five bucks – so save it and register now!

The Girl Who Ran Everywhere – Continues Her BQ Quest

Nicole continues on her quest for a BQ at Baystate – she tells about her training plan – and more in:

Where I’m at with my Baystate training & things to remember!         20140727-195339-71619958.jpg

We Are Filling Up

MarStatusHi everyone-

We are well ahead of last year’s pace on both the marathon and half marathon.

I just checked the numbers and was (pleasantly) surprised to see the marathon is 65% sold out (of the 2,000 entries we will accept).  This is well ahead of last year – so thank you for that.  For those still on the fence – time to hop in the train – and do it before August 1st to save yourself $5.

For the half marathon – the numbers are also encouraging – we’ve sold about 25% of the cap (of 2,000 runners).  This is also well ahead of last year – and we sold out that one as well.

Starting today (July 21) we’ll post the marathon status on the race website ( and we’ll update at least once a week until we sell out.  We’ll start the half marathon status when we get to about 50%.  So if you are a procrastinator – watch the website!!


The Girl Who Ran Everywhere – Comes to Baystate runner Nicole Bedard has posted a great blog on why she will and YOU SHOULD run Baystate.:

The top reasons why I love the Baystate Marathon&why YOU should run it too!

Qualifying for Boston

We’ve had quite a few requests for information about qualifying for Boston in general and for 2015 specifically.

We’ll address general qualifying first.

You must run the marathon to qualify for Boston.  Baystate is a certified course, accepted by the BAA for Boston Qualification.  How fast you must run depends on your age (as it will be on the date you run Boston).  Click here for a link to the BAA Qualifying Standards.  Qualifications are good for 18 months from the date you run them.  In the case of Baystate that applies to the following two Boston Marathons.

Can I run the 2015 Boston Marathon if I qualify at the 2014 Baystate?

There is no easy answer to that question.  Before 2010 the answer was always yes.  In 2010 you may recall the BAA had serious problems with their registration system.  In reaction (in our opinion over-reaction) they shifted the opening of registration to September.  So now it depends on how quickly they sell out.  This past year was well over subscribed and sold out before Baystate.  In 2012 it closed two days before Baystate.

We have lobbied (and so have many inside the BAA) for registration to be pushed back until after the fall marathons.  So far we have not been successful.  But we continue to hope the BAA will make the adjustment, not just for Baystate, but for Philly, Chicago, Marine Corp, New York and all the other great fall marathons.  You can help to asking the BAA to move the opening of registration until after Thanksgiving.

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