FAQ

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 the Expo/Bib Pickup page.




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.




When does registration close?


Online Registration closes Saturday October 16th, 2021 at 4 PM EST. In-person registration is available at the Expo. There is no Race Day registration.




Can I defer my entry?


Deferrals are not allowed as we are a non-profit organization and required to deliver services in the same fiscal period money is collected. You have the option to transfer your registration to another runner or donate your registration fees to the GLRR Youth Fund.




Do you offer Military discounts?


The answer is "Yes! We offer discounts to active and retired military. Please email registration@baystatemarathon.com for details.




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.




Will there be pace groups for the Marathon?


Pace groups will be available for the following times: 3:00, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50 and 4:00.




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.




Is the course USATF certified?


The course is USATF certified and our certification number is MA10634JK.




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




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.




What are the Age Group Awards?


For a detailed explanation of awards and how we award them, please see the Results, Awards & Records page.




What is the minimum age for participation?


Participants must be 16 years old on race day to participate in any of the Baystate races.




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.




Where is parking available?


Parking is available for a flat rate of $5.00 (cash only) on race day only at the George Ayotte Parking Facility at 11 Post Office Square (next to the Tsongas Center, it will fill up early). Normal rates apply at the other parking garages in the area: 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: https://www.lowellma.gov/1228/Parking-Facilities




Do you have course maps?


Course map and description for both races can be found on our Course Maps & Descriptions page.




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.

Go to the Course Description page for more details.

Also, findmymarathon.com has a nice profile of the course here: http://findmymarathon.com/race-detail.php?zname=Baystate%20Marathon




How many waterstops are there?


Water stops are available approximately every 2 miles on both the Marathon and Half Marathon course. Water, lemon-lime Gatorade, and portable toilets are available at each stop. In addition, gels will be available on the Marathon course at miles 7 and 17.




Will there be race photos?


Race photography will be provided by Capstone Photography and will be FREE to all participants this year.




Where is the Exchange Point for the Half Marathon Relay?


The exchange point is on Suffolk Street, shortly after the water stop at mile 6.6.