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The credit processing problem at Lightbox has been resolved and the system is back on-line.

There are still a few spots left in the marathon. The half marathon has crossed the 50% mark - and is now about 55% full.

Also noted - September 1st the prices go up another $5 (and as we said before $5 is five bucks). Time to commit.
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The marathon is down to 31 spots left... My guess is they are gone by Monday - thanks for that!
The half is now officially half sold (no pun intended) - and thanks for that!
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On-Line Registation Is Up Again

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

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

Marathon Will Close Out This Week

The high level of interest in the Baystate Marathon (thank you runners!) means that we will reach maximum capacity in the next day or two. Registration for the marathon will close at that time.

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

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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.

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.

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