Inaugural Spring BQ.2 a Huge Success

– Perfect temps and a great field lead to 63% of finishers qualifying

– Congratulations and ‘Thank You’ to our runners!  Results are available here.

 SPRING and FALL versions of America’s best Fall qualifier !

give you 2 best chances to get to Boston in 2018!

BQ.2 Marathon Races are specifically scheduled and designed to be your  best chance to qualify for 2018 Boston at 3+ minutes under your 2018 standard to get you to the starting line in Hopkinton.  The field will be capped at 300 runners per race to insure a quality experience.

Last year’s Fall race sold out in May!

Register NOW! so you don’t miss your chance.


When: Saturday April 22, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

 Thank You Runners!!! 

63% of you are ready to register for Boston!

When: Saturday, Sept 09, 2017, 6:30 a.m.



Your Best Shot to Qualify for Boston 2018!

America’s #1 Qualifier ! America’s #2 Fastest !
    TBD of 2017 Fall finishers ???

   Over 60% of 2017 Spring finishers

   Over 40% of 2016 finishers

   Over 50% of 2015 finishersMoreButton  

    Over 60% of 2014 finishers MoreButton 

TBD average 2017 Fall finish

3:38 average 2017 Spring finish

3:40 average 2016 finish time

3:37 average 2015 finish time   MoreButton

3:34 average 2014 finish time  MoreButton


Runner Comments…

– Best place to BQ!!
 C.D.  New York, NY  
         3 marathons
If BQ is your goal, this is your race
 G. D.  WI    
 11-50 marathons
Exceeds expectations!
 Rae Ann Darling Reed, FL
 11-50 marathons
A dream became reality!    
  S. F. Elmhurst, IL
        2 marathons
– I felt like an elite runner
 Dennis Funk, SC
 6-10 marathons


WHAT: 2 BEST chances to get to Boston

Two marathon races to give you the best chance at Boston 2018.

Spring Chance BQ.2 is a late April race designed for runners who have trained all winter and are ready to qualify early and take the pressure off of their summer.

Last Chance BQ.2 is an early September race for runners looking for 1 last shot at qualifying or improving their qualifying time.  It is held just before general registration opens for Boston (if past schedules hold true), and the weekend before the Advocate Health Care Fox Valley Marathon Races.


WHY: To give you a last, best shot at getting into Boston 2018


The Spring Chance BQ.2 and the Last Chance BQ.2 are here to give you your best chance at crossing the finish line not just within your qualifying limit, but 3+ minutes under to get you to the starting line in Hopkinton.

LCBQ Hopkinton

WHEN: Saturday, April 22,  6:30 a.m. AND Saturday, September 9, 6:30 a.m.

The Spring Chance BQ.2 is an early spring race for runners who prefer that time of year. The Last Chance BQ.2 is held the weekend before general registration opens for Boston (if past schedules hold true), and the weekend before the Advocate Health Care Fox Valley Marathon Races. BQ2Dawn3

WHO: 300 eligible runners from across North America, all with one dream

Runners from 32 states and 3 provinces came to the 2016 Last Chance BQ.2 to make their Boston dreams come true. 41% of them did, taking advantage of the course, the weather, and the perks to beat their qualifying times and register on the spot (Early Registration, 5 minutes under qualifying time) or 2 days later at the start of General Registration. NAmerica Participation MapA 2015-07-12

WHERE: Geneva IL, 45 minutes west of Chicago

Fabyan Forest Preserve West, Route 31 just north of Fabyan Parkway, on the flattest, easiest portion of the  Fox Valley Marathon Races 26.2, 20, and 13.1 courses.   See Course Details  

LCBQ CourseBridge

Qualify for Boston 2018!

Take the best shot at 2018 Boston with an experienced race team whose goal is to do everything possible to get you and 600 other runners to the 2018 starting line in Hopkinton.  Spring or Fall, BQ.2 gives you the experienced race team, a track record of success, the extra perk’s and the best odds to make 2018 your Boston year!


2015 Finisher Qualifying Stats…

BQ2 2015 Results Chart



NAmerica Participation MapA 2015-07-12



Another innovation from the Fox Valley Marathon Races

Now, with 3 qualifier marathons over 3 weekends, the Fox Valley Marathon Races has a qualifying race for you, whether you want a spring best chance, a last chance to get to the upcoming Boston 2018, or the first chance at your next age group qualifying standard.