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!!
You can manage and make changes to your registration on-line.
Things you can do are:
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 email@example.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’.
Click here to see a sample of the transfer screen.
Local runner Nicole Bedard has posted a great blog on why she will and YOU SHOULD run Baystate.:
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 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.
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!!
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
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.
I know a few of hit a road block this morning – I accidentally left the registration system in test mode (yeah we like to check it before you use it).
What boneheaded mistake It’s fixed now.
I apologize to those of you who were inconvenienced.
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