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Registration for 2016 Opens March 1st

Registration for the 2016 Ashworth Awards Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon will open on March 1st.

Running the 2016 marathon will qualify you for the 2018 Boston Marathon, provided you run a qualifying time at Baystate.

Run your best marathon by registering here.

Thank You Runners

Thank you to all who ran the Ashworth Awards Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon again this year.  We know many of you are repeat runners – and we are honored and thrilled to have you with us.

Please join us again next year on October 16th, 2016 for the 28th running of the Ashworth Awards Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon.  We’ll open registration on March 1st at 7AM (for those who like to get a jump on things).

Thanks again – see you next year – and keep running :-)

2015 Results

Congratulations to Rob Bond winner of the 2015 Ashworth Awards Baystate Marathon in 2:29:50.  Rob led from the gun to the finish.  Great run Rob!

Also congratulations to Molly Sords the ladies winner of the marathon in 2:52:04.

The winner of the 2015 Ashworth Awards Half Marathon is Gregory Hardy in 1:13:58 and the ladies winner is Christine Shaw in 1:19:08.  Congratulations Gregory and Christine.

See full results here

Hotel Shuttle Service

There have been quite a few questions about the shuttle service for the hotel guests.

This is our first year offering that service – so we are restricting it to just the hotel guests this year. Each hotel guest should receive the schedule at the hotel.

If this goes well – and we expect it will – we’ll consider extending next year to non-hotel guests.

On-Line Registration Closed – Come to the Expo to Register

On-line registration closed at 8AM this morning…

But we still have 109 marathon spots and 373 half marathon spots open.  Come to the Expo (Fri 6-9, Sat 9-6) to claim those spots.  Please cash or check only.

Sorry – no race day registration – no exceptions.

You can fill out this application and bring it with you, or fill one out at the Expo.

2015 Baystate – Everything You Need To Know for Your Marathon Weekend

Here is a copy of the email we sent to registered runners on Thursday, October 8th.

If your message did not contain a bib number – relax (don’t worry, be happy) it just means your number has not yet been assigned.  When we assign it, we’ll send you an update email.

Hi Runner

Greetings from the Ashworth Awards Baystate Race Committee!!

With just 10 days before the Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon this email contains everything you need to know about the when and where – right up to the starting gun.

Your race number is xxx

Your race bib is personalized with your information. Use the tear off strip at the bottom of the race bib as your bag check number. Remove the strip and affix it to your bag before you drop off at the bag check location (see Helpful Links below).


If your number is below 2100, you will have a green marathon bib.  If your number is greater than 3000, you will have a yellow half marathon bib.


Number Pickup and Expo*:

Day/Date                           Time                                     Location

Friday Oct 16th                   6:00 pm to 9:00 pm              Radisson Hotel

Saturday Oct 17th               10:00 am to 6:00 pm            Radisson Hotel

Sunday Oct 18th                  6:00 am to 7:30 am              Tsongas Center

*Bring this email or look up your bib number on printed list on the wall before entering number pickup and tee shirt area.


Ashworth Awards Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon**

Day/Date                           Time                                        Location

Sunday Oct 18th                 8:00 am                                   Fr. Morissette Blvd (outside Lowell High)

**Warning: Expect significant traffic delays on race morning. You should plan to arrive least 90 minutes before the race starts. Number pickup closes at 7:30. The start of the race will not be delayed.


Pace Teams: To help you meet your marathon goals, pace teams will run 3:05, 3:15, 3:25, 3:35, 3:45 and 4:00.  Please meet the pacers at the starting line.  They will be lined up in the appropriate pace area.  They will be wearing bright Orange Pace shirts and holding a Pacing Sign stick.

Email & Text Message Tracking: Tracking is by iResultsLIVE!  This allows you to enter email addresses and/or phone numbers for text messages which will be sent updates as you pass our course timing locations.  The timing locations will be located at marathon miles 3, 10K(6.2), 8.5, 13.1, 16.3, 30K(18.6) & 23; and at half marathon miles 3.7 & 9.9.  [The odd looking splits are due to the course loops].

Use this link to update your tracking addresses.  You can use the link mulitple times to enter multiple addresses.

Course Support Time Limit: The marathon is a timed event, with a six hour limit.  We will have a rolling close on the course, after the time limit is reached you may not have course resources available (such as water or access to safety personnel).   If this applies to you, please plan appropriately.  We reserve the right to ask participants significantly over the limit accept transportation to the finish area.

About the pasta – unfortunately the pasta dinner was a victim of its own success. We just can’t feed 1,000+ runners in two hours. Now we know why the “big” races don’t have pasta dinners. Sorry.



In cooperation with local public safety officials, a safety zone has been created around the finish area. Spectators are restricted from the safety zone. Once a runner exits the finsh area, they will not be allowed to reenter. Please refer to the Finish Area link under Helpful Links.


Helpful Links:

The links below will guide you to information that will help you prepare for a successful race weekend!

Expo Location – The Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford

Race Day Parking

Finish Area and Race Day Services (Bag Check, Refreshments, Family Meeting Area, Safety Zone)

Need a Port-a-john (where to find the bathrooms)

Using the Chronotrack B-Tag Chip (Yankee Timing)

Tracking (register addresses for tracking updates)

Course Info / Course Maps / Etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Runner’s Information Packet (help us save trees by downloading this file)


“Remember you have NOT crossed the finish line until you get your pictures @ Capstone Photography.” Capstone is the official photographer of the Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon. Keep an eye out for an email after the race with a link to YOUR personal pictures from our event. Your picture purchase helps support our organization.  Thanks in advance for that support.



Please support our sponsors, who make Baystate possible…

Still Time to Register

You can still register for both the marathon and the half marathon.

We will accept registrations on line until Wed Oct 14th at 8AM – after that, any remaining spots can be claimed at the Expo (Fri 6-9, Sat 9-6) – cash or check only (no credit cards).

There will be no race day registration.

You can always see the status of the remaining spots- in the pie charts on the left side of the web site.

2015 Baystate Registration

Hi Gang – last night we sent our registration database to the bib printer.  This locks in our database of who is running in the marathon and the half marathon (so you’ll have the appropriate number/color bib, with your custom text).

As a consequence we can’t offer transfers at this point.

We can accept new registrations for both the marathon and the half marathon.

Pasta Dinner is a Victim of it’s own Success

Many will recall that last year our pasta dinner was over-run.

A survey of pasta dinner users for this year gave a sobering prediction – we’d have to feed more than 1,000 people in two hours.

Even large schools, military cafeterias and prison would have a hard time with those numbers.  So as much as we wanted to have a pasta dinner – We just can’t do it.

I guess now we know why the big time marathons don’t offer a pasta dinner. Sorry gang

Where are the best places to watch the Baystate Marathon?


Watching the RaceWe get this question a lot!

We think the best locations to see the race are:

  1. The Rourke Bridge area
    This is the best spot on the course.
    From the Rourke Bridge you can see the marathon runners three times (just before 3 miles, again at 12.6 miles and lastly at 22.6 miles). You can see the half marathon twice (at 3 and 9 miles)
    On the south side of the river it is best to avoid use of the roads the race will be run on. Once the race starts you will not be able to use these roads. Click here for a Google map and directions to avoid the race. When you get there park in the grocery parking lot – please use spaces as far from the businesses as possible.
  2. South Side Park
    On the south side there is a nice park – with the Orchard Hill ice cream stand across the road. You’ll see the marathoners and half marathoners just past the one mile mark and the half marathoners again at 7.5.  Best access to this area is: click here for a suggested driving route.
  3. Vandenberg Esplanade
    Vandenberg Esplanade is the east most of two parks on the north side. You will see the half marathoners at just over 4 miles and again at 10.5. The marathoners will come by on their way to the finish at just before 24 miles.
    Parking is limited and unfortunately inside the course. You will need to arrive before the runners and stay until most of the runners have passed.
    Across the street is the Heritage Ice Cream stand.
  4. UML Boathouse
    The UML Boathouse is near the Rourke Bridge on the north side of the river.
    You will see the half marathoners at 3.5 miles and again at just before 10 miles. You’ll see the marathoners as they complete their 23rd mile. The Rourke
    Bridge and the bowling alley are less than half a mile away – we suggest you park there or on the south side of the river and walk.  If parking on the north side, use the bowling alley parking, but plan to arrive before 8, after 8 crossing the river will difficult.  Click for suggested route to the bowling alley.
  5. The Tyngsborough Bridge
    This is at the farthest end of the course.
    You can see the marathon runners just before 8 miles and again just after 18 miles.  The best place to watch from is the National Carpet Store.  There is not much room at this location so arrive early (before 8:30).
    Here is the suggested route to National Carpet.


And of course the finish area :-)


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