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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!

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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 (baystatemarathon.com) 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!!

 

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

Registration Confirmation

On the left side of the race website – below the registration button is the “Am I Registered” button.  Clicking that button will bring you to a page where you can enter the email address you used to register with (if you don’t know the email address you used – then you’ll need to contact registration@baystatemarathon.com).  Click here to see what that screen looks like.

After you click “Lookup”, if you are registered, the system will confirm it and provide a button to “Resend” your email confirmation.

Look for this email in your inbox.  If the email does not appear within a reasonable period of time (say an hour) – then check your junk/spam folder.

Once you have located the email, it will contain a link you can use to manage your registration.  Click here to see a sample of that email.

After clicking on the link in the email you are sent, you will come to a screen that allows you to edit aspects of your registration including: address, age, gender, phone numbers, email address, shirt size and the option to switch between the marathon and the half marathon and the option to transfer your registration to someone else for $12.  Click here to see a sample of that screen.

Switching Between the Marathon and the Half Marathon

From the link you were sent to, you can switch from the marathon to the half marathon or from the half marathon to the marathon.  There is no charge to switch from the marathon to the half marathon.  If you switch from the half marathon to the marathon, you must pay the difference in the registration fees.  Click here to see a sample of the switch screen.

Transfer Your Registration to Someone Else

You can transfer your registration to someone else for a transfer fee of $12, using the link in the confirmation email.

Here are a few points to consider before you make the transfer.  In these notes the person initiating the transfer is referred to as the ‘transferer’. The person receiving the transfer is referred to as the ‘transferee’.

  1. Registration transfer costs the transferer $12.00. This fee is non-refundable.
  2. Neither the transferer or transferee may cancel the transfer once initiated.
  3. The transferer’s registration will become inactive once the transfer is intiated.
  4. The transferer must supply the email address of the transferee.
  5. The transferee will receive an email containing instructions on how to complete the transfer. The email will contain a link to use for registration along with a special discount code. The discount code will deduct the value of the original transferers entry fee. If the transferee tries to register for a more expensive event, they will need to pay the difference before they are allowed to register (this includes prices steps based on date).
  6. If the transferee does not complete the transfer, the transferee’s registration remains inactive and the transfer fee is forfeit.
  7. It is the responsibility of the transferer to collect the entry fee from the transferee.

Click here to see a sample of the transfer screen.

The Girl Who Ran Everywhere – Comes to Baystate

http://thegirlwhoraneverywhere.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/cropped-picmonkey-collage.jpgLocal 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.

Outside Magazine Ranks Baystate 4th Fastest in the Country

The elite men start the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa would go on to win the race in 2:10:22.     Photo: Associated Press

The elite men start the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa would go on to win the race in 2:10:22. Photo: Associated Press

Outside Magazine looked at marathons with greater than 1,000 finishers and checked out their median times to determine the fastest marathons in the country.  Baystate was ranked 4th on the list.  The list was topped by our big neighbor – Boston, thanks to their qualifying requirements.  Aside from them, the only others to beat us were downhill runs.

It’s like we tell you – we may not have the fastest winning times, but thanks to all of you and everyone else trying to get to Boston, we are one of the fastest fields.  So thank you for that – you’re the ones that make that happen.

And remember – Your first step to Boston is at Baystate.

Good Luck at Boston

We want to wish all of our Baystate runners good luck and good running at Boston.

We know it will be an emotional day for everyone.  We are confident you will do well.  Remember to enjoy the race and savor the experience.

Best of Luck!!

Visit Us at the Boston Expo

To those of you running Boston – come visit our booth at the expo.

We have past year race shirts (great as a pre-race over-shirt you can toss in the first mile or two) and few other goodies.

We’d love to say “Hi” and “Thank You” to those of you who have supported us over the years.

We are in booth #1323

 

Do You Hate On-Line Transaction Fees?

So do we!!!

As runners ourselves it is really annoying to register for a race that you think costs $55 or $75 and then when you go to “check-out” suddenly the cost is $79.33?!?!

What’s up with that?  When I shop at Home Depot and buy a tool for $75, they don’t charge me $79.33.  Why should it be different when you register for a race?

It’s all in who pays the “transaction fee”.

Since we are runners – we’ll never make you pay the fee.  We build that into our costs – not yours.

So not only are we one of the inexpensive marathons and half marathon, it’s even better than it appears, because we don’t hit YOU up for the transaction fee.

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