1. Where can I pick up my bib and race packet?  Bibs and race packets can be picked up at the Baystate Expo on Friday and Saturday and at the Tsongas Center on Race Day.  For more information see http://baystatemarathon.com/schedule-of-events/
  2. Can I pick up a friend’s bib? Yes, please have a copy of their ID (electronic or paper) in order to pick up someone else’s bib.
  3. When does registration close? Online Registration closes Wednesday October 18th at 8 PM ET.  In person registration is available at the Expo.  There is no Race Day registration.
  4. Can I defer my entry?  Deferrals for medical and other reasons are handled on a case by case basis.   Please send an email to info@baystatemarathon.com with your request.  
  5. What if I want to run a different distance than I registered for? Transfers between the Marathon and Half Marathon can be handled via a link that should have been received in your confirmation email.  Please email registration@baystatemarathon.com with questions or issues.
  6. Will there be pace groups for the Marathon?  Pace groups will be available for the following times: 3:05, 3:15, 3:25, 3:35, 3:45 and 4:00.
  7. Will there be bag check?  Bag check is available.  There will be a team of high school volunteers collecting bags near the start line.  They will sort them and transport them to the finish.  Bags will be available just beyond the finish chute.
  8. Is the course USATF certified? The course is USATF certified.  It was remeasured in 2016 and the certification number is currently pending from USATF.  It will be posted here when received.
  9. Is the Marathon a Boston Marathon Qualifier?  YES!  Our course is a Boston Marathon qualifier and annually on top lists for percentage of BQ as well as number of entrants sent to Boston.  For more information on Boston Qualifying, please visit the BAA’s website at: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/qualifying.aspx
  10. Will there be medals? Yes, each finisher will be given a finishers medal made by our title sponsor, Ashworth Awards.  In addition, if you run a PR in either race or a BQ in the marathon stop by the Greater Lowell Road Runners tent to receive a special PR or BQ keychain.
  11. What are the Age Group Awards?  For a detailed explanation of awards and how we award them, please see http://baystatemarathon.com/how-we-decide-the-awards/
  12. What is the course time limit?  Official services shut down 6 hours after the start of the race and the course will be shut down.  Anyone on the course after this time limit will be asked to move to the sidewalks in order to finish.
  13. Where is parking available?   Parking is available for a flat rate of $5.00 on race day at the following Lowell garages: the George Ayotte Parking Facility  at 11 Post Office Square (next to the Tsongas Center, it will fill up early), the Joseph Downes Garage at 75 John Street, and the Leo A Roy Parking Facility at 100 Market St.  Street parking is also available on a first come, first serve basis.  More information about the garages can be found here: http://www.lowell.com/parking-garages/
  14. Do you have course maps?  Course map and description for the Marathon can be found here: http://baystatemarathon.com/marathon-course-map/   Half can be found here: http://baystatemarathon.com/half-marathon-course-description/
  15. What is the profile of the course?  Both the Marathon and Half Marathon are flat and fast.  Generally the largest “hills” are the bridges over the Merrimack.  Findmymarathon.com has a nice profile of the course here:  http://findmymarathon.com/race-detail.php?zname=Baystate%20Marathon
  16. How many waterstops are there?  Water stops are available approximately every 2 miles on both the Marathon and Half Marathon course.  Water, lemon-lime Gatorate, and portable toilets are available at each stop.  In addition, gels will be available on the Marathon course at miles 7 and 17.
  17. Will there be race photos?  Race photography will be provided by  Capstone Photography (https://www.capstonephotostore.com/events) and will be FREE to all participants this year.