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Please Bear With Us

Unfortunately our site was hacked about a week ago – and despite backups, we have to rebuild quite a bit of stuff.

Race Pictures Are Up

“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 emailwith a link to YOUR personal pictures from our event. Your picture purchase helps support our organization.  Thanks in advance for that support.

Thank You Runners!!!

All of us here at the Ashworth Awards Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon want to thank you the runners for making this another very successful year.

We hope we have been able to provide you with an affordable and enjoyable running experience – that met your expectations and goals.

Being an all volunteer organization that puts on this event – we hope you will indulge while we take a brief rest – so if we respond a little more slowly over the next few days – we’re sure you will understand.

2014 Ashworth Awards Baystate Results

Full detailed results of both races, including the awards, can be found on CoolRunning.

Marathon Results

Half Marathon Results

Runner’s Information

Here is a copy of the email we sent all of our registered runner’s the morning of Oct 9th

 

 

 

Hi {first_name}

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 {bib}

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 2200, you will have a blue 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 17th                   6:00 pm to 9:00 pm              Radisson Hotel

Saturday Oct 18th               10:00 am to 6:00 pm            Radisson Hotel

Sunday Oct 19th                  6:00 am to 7:30 am              Tsongas Center

 

Ashworth Awards Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon**

Day/Date                           Time                                        Location

Sunday Oct 19th                 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.

 

There will be pace teams to help you meet your marathon goals. The pace teams are 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 Orange Pace shirts and holding a Pacing Sign stick.

This year we are introducing email tracking.  This allows you to enter email addresses 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 loops].
Use this link to update your tracking addresses.  You can use the link mulitple times to enter multiple addresses.

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).  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.

 

ENHANCED FINISH LINE SAFETY ZONE

In cooperation with local public safety officials, a safety zone has been created around the finish area. Spectators are restricted from the safety zone. 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…

    

     

     

     

     

  

 

Race Day – Arrive Early

Traffic into the start/finish area is usually very heavy. Plan to arrive early and leave extra time (30 min) for traffic delays.

We recommend you pick up your number at the Expo (at the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford). But if you wait until race day – arrive extra early and pick up your number at the Tsongas Center. Number pickup will only be open from 6:00 until 7:30. The race start will not be delayed!!!

Parking is available for $5 (cash only) at the Tsongas Center and at the John St garage (only a ¼ mile away). We recommend the John St garage – much easier to access traffic wise.

Good luck on race day!!

Where are the best places to watch the Baystate Marathon?

Watching the Race

We 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 :-)

 

About Pace Groups

Marathon StartHere’s what you need to know about the pace groups.

There is no sign up for the pace groups.  Simply proceed to the start on race day to meet the pace teams.  The pacers will be lined up according to the pace appropriate for their goal.  The pacers will be wearing bright orange shirts and holding a pace sign/stick.  The backs of the the shirts and the pace sign/sticks list each of the mile splits the pacers will be trying to hit.

There are six pace teams: 3:05, 3:15, 3:25, 3:35, 3:45 & 4:00.

We use pace teams so they can break up the course and keep the pace leader fresh.  Our loop course makes this relatively easy to do.  Each team consists of two or three members.  We give each team the freedom to breakdown the course as fits their strengths and needs.  So we can’t tell you in advance when they will switch off.  But every pacer will have the pace sign/stick and their pace shirt, letting you know what they are doing.

 

Registration and Changes Are Now Closed

We have now frozen our databases for the marathon and half marathon.  We cannot accept anymore changes.

The bib numbers have been assigned and the database has been sent to our bib printer.

In the coming days will send email to each runner with your bib number and information to help you prepare for the big weekend.

We appreciate the support and faith you have shown us.  We will do our best to make your race the best possible.

 

Registration Is Now Closed

Thank you runners!!!!

We have sold out both our marathon and half marathon at 2000 runners each.  Thank you so much.

We can no longer accept “new” registrations.

Those wishing to switch from the marathon to the half marathon, or transfer their registration to another person have until the end of Tuesday (Sept 30) to do so.  After that time all lists will be frozen and delivered to the bib printer and the safety teams.

Thanks again – and good luck on race day!!

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