*What is the Any Race Flex Option™?

run16Choosing the Any Race Flex Option™ when you register for the Advocate Dreyer Fox Valley Marathon Races guarantees you a spot race day in either the Full, Half or Fall Final 20™ ~ you wait and choose your race at packet pickup. We triple buy medals, bibs and timing chips for you and will adjust your registration entry in our database prior to race morning. Simply put, the Any Race Flex Option™ is Race Assurance.

Things to CAREFULLY CONSIDER before you register: 

  • The Any Race Flex Option™ is the ONLY way to transfer between races any time up to packet pickup. Choose Race Flex BEFORE you register. You cannot upgrade to the Any Race Flex Option™ after you have registered.
  • There are no registration refunds or runner transfers for any reason. Training for and running an endurance event is a commitment that you should think carefully about before you register.

Not sure WHICH race is for you?

Here are our Top Ten race registration scenarios for you!

1. I want to qualify for Boston 2018 this year.

On Saturday, April 22 the Fox Valley Marathon Races hosts the NEW Advocate Health Care Spring Chance BQ.2 and on Saturday, September 9, (1 week early) the Fox Valley Marathon Races hosts America’s best Boston Qualifier – the Advocate Advocate Health Care Last Chance BQ.2 – Chicagoland Marathon.  BQ.2 runners must meet eligibility requirements with a recent half at BQ pace or full marathon near BQ pace.  Runners already eligible can register for BQ.2 directly on the Last Chance BQ.2 website.  For those still needing an eligible finish time, signing up for the Any Race Flex Option™ allows a 1-time transfer to BQ2 as long as BQ2 registration remains open.

2. I want to PR or qualify for Boston 2019 this fall and want to maximize my chances.

Register for the Any Race Flex Option™, and a second marathon of your choosing 2 to 7 weeks after Fox Valley (Second race registration not included in Fox Valley Marathon registration.) If the race day weather forecast and your training are favorable, select the Fox Valley Marathon at packet pickup and chase down your goals with us. If the weather does not look optimal, select our Fall Final 20™ or Half Marathon at packet pickup and use it as a training run. You’ll have a 2nd chance for good weather and be in prime condition to reach your goals at your second marathon.

3. I’m trying to qualify for Boston but only want to run one marathon this fall.

Register for the Advocate Health Care Fox Valley Marathon, one of the 30 best qualifiers in all of North America! Over 20% of our marathon finishes beat their Boston Qualifying standards in 2011!

run124. I want to run my first marathon.

Congratulations on the commitment to a life changing accomplishment. With our ‘Test Drive’ runs on the course all summer, our small field and stress free start, our flat shady course, and our frequent and enthusiastic Aid Stations, the Advocate Health Care Fox Valley Marathon is perfect for first time marathoners! Register for our Fox Valley Marathon, or, since weather is such a big factor and never predictable, you may want to consider our Any Race Flex Option™ and a second marathon registration 2-4 weeks after Fox Valley to double your chances for good weather on the day of your Marathon. If the September weather forecast and your training are favorable, select the Fox Valley Marathon at packet pickup and chase down your goals with us. If the weather does not look optimal, select our Fall Final 20™ or Half Marathon at packet pickup and use it as a training run. You’ll have a 2nd chance for good weather and be in prime condition to reach your goals at your second marathon.

5. I want to run your marathon, but have concerns about injuries or getting all my training in.

Don’t wait!!! Our races will fill up before your serious training begins. The Any Race Flex Option™gives you the ability to move down to the Fall Final 20™ or Half Marathon at packet pickup if you get injured or training hasn’t gone quite as well as planned.

6. I want to run my first half marathon

Register for the Fox Valley Half Marathon. With our ‘Test Drive’ runs on the course all summer, our small field and stress free start, our flat shady course, and our frequent and enthusiastic Aid Stations, the Fox Valley Half Marathon is perfect for first timers!

7. I just like running marathons with no real time goals in mind!

Register for the Advocate Health Care Fox Valley Marathon. Big race amenities, small race feel, convenience, a great course, and great value!

8. I am training for Chicago and want a fully supported 20 mile final training run.

The Fall Final 20™ is for you. From packet pickup, chip timing, USATF certified course, full on course aid stations and a great finishers medal the Fall Final 20™ is the best way to prepare for Chicago.

9. I’ve done a number of half marathons but I’m not ready for a full just yet.

If you’re looking for a new challenge beyond the half marathon, choose our Fall Final 20™. The distance has quickly become a new favorite distance for half marathoners not wanting the higher training mileages of a full marathon and is a USATF certified course.

. I love your Endurance Medals and want to come back this year for another. What race do I register for?

Introduced at our 2011 races, the Endurance Award is an additional medal given each year to our runners for consecutive years as an official finisher. If you raced with us last year then register for, and officially finish ANY of our races this year to receive your 2014 Endurance Award!

11. I love running your races and want to help those less fortunate at the same time.

We love generous runners! Our Charity Partner Program is for you. Donate at least $100 to one of our Charity Partners and you can register for any of our open races for 50% off!! Contact any of our Charity Partners for more information BEFORE you register.

Registration FAQ’s:

Does Race Flex mean you will sign me up for another fall marathon as my second one?

No, if you wish to use Race Flex as either a long training run or your ‘go for it’ marathon the second marathon would be your responsibility to register for.

I was injured last summer and couldn’t complete the full marathon. Would I be able to switch to the half this year if the same thing happens?

We hate to hear about any runner’s injury and we’ve all been there at one time or another. If you are injured, or if the summer’s training was too hot or didn’t go well for you or for any reason you don’t want to run the full marathon use your Race Flex Option™ to move to the Half or Fall Final 20.

I signed up for the Any Race Flex Option™, can I change to a different race during the race?

No, you must make your choice at packet pickup where you will be presented with 3 different packets specifically for you, one for each race. After that you must run the race you chose or you will be disqualified.

I heard about the Any Race Flex Option™ from another runner and think it’s a great idea. Can I upgrade my registration to it and pay the difference?

No, unfortunately you must decide at registration whether you want to have the Race Flex Option™. We strongly recommend runners consider whether they would want this option before they register.

I registered for the Half Marathon and now want to run the Full Marathon. Can I do that with the Any Race Flex Option™?

There are no transfers or race upgrades so you would have to register for Race Flex up front. If runners are unsure what distance they will be ready for in the fall we strongly suggest choosing Race Flex when you register.

Any Race Flex Option™ 2nd choice marathon possible candidates:

COMING SOON!

(2nd choice registration is NOT included in FVM registration.)