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Baystate Marathon

Lowell, MA


Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Multiple Loops
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 47°F (8°C)
Average High: 58°F (14°C)
Average Low: 35° F (1°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.08
Course Score: 99.08

Race Size

2016: 1,329 Finishers
2015: 1,417 Finishers
2014: 1,530 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 23%
2015: 27.5%
2014: 25.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Baystate Marathon is a double loop of a fast, flat course. The fast course, lots of competition, and favorable running temperatures make it a great choice for a New England Fall Marathon.


Marathon Rankings

The Baystate Marathon was the 66th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 70th largest in 2014.

This year 23% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 27.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Baystate Marathon the 9th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 29th highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 99.08 ranks it as the 169th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Massachusetts.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Baystate Marathon a PR Score of 99.08. This PR Score ranks it as the 118th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Massachusetts.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 136 feet (41m)
Min Elevation: 36 feet (10m)

Baystate




Ratings & Reviews for the Baystate Marathon

5 Stars from 20 Reviews



review of 2016 Baystate Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Good marathon to BQ. I managed to BQ, but only by 50 seconds. My garmin had it at 26.38. Bummer - at my pace that .18 added probably a minute and a half.

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review of 2016 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Flat, fast course. Brings out some good competition. Good volunteers. Well run, and well organized. Pace groups are nice. Unfortunately, lots of road kill on the course this year. Also, there were quite a few places where the road surface was shoddy, so you have to watch your step, especially in the later miles.

Race Tips

Early sections are good because there are a lot of places for spectators to cheer runners on. The course is a double loop and goes through some 'quiet' sections, so be prepared to self-motivate then.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Good idea to arrive early before traffic



review of 2016 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

PRO: Fast course; engaged volunteers; great views; wonderful post-race support (food, drink, massage, etc).

CON: Parts of course were not closed to traffic, which was sometimes distracting/worrying and made some stretches fairly narrow but thankfully not enough to affect my race; crowd support was weak in stretches but volunteers more than made up for that.

Race Tips

Looped course, which I thought might get boring, actually allowed me to better plan strategy with no surprises. The end has some rolling hills so save a little in the tank. Found the start/finish management to be efficient and not overly chaotic. Course wasn't too crowded.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parked at Tsongas center for $5 & was right at the starting area. There was traffic getting into Lowell at 645, best to get there early (esp if need to pick up bib that morning).



review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great atmosphere - experiencing New England in the Fall is always a treat.

Race Tips

It tends to get a little brisk, and there is some wind. Dress in layers that you don't mind tossing.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Downtown Lowell has a lot of nice little places, but you can stay anywhere from Woburn, MA to Nashua, NH and be there in less than 20 minutes. Even take a trip into Boston on an off day in less than an hour.



review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Fairly flat course but big hill at mile 4 & 14. Liked how you can take your picture next to a big sign/clock with your marathon time! Photographers took a lot of great pictures. Race is not too crowded so you are not slowed down.

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review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Very well organized. Lots of fun and good people.

Race Tips

Overall, pretty fast course.

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review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


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review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great city, good town and time of year.

Race Tips

Flat, loop course good for making great times!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plenty of garage and street parking



review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Course is a double loop. Not overly crowded and easy to find space to run your pace from the start. Mostly flat with small/slight inclines/declines.

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review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Well organized, spectator friendly!

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review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Fast course, really well organized, no frills marathon. The host club Greater Lowell Road Runners really know how to put on a quality event.

Race Tips

Hit Beer Works (steps from the finish) after the race!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There is plenty of street parking nearby if you get there early enough. Also the John Street parking garage has indoor bathrooms.



review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This is for runners by runners!!! One of the only marathons in the country (left) that is entirely running club managed. Created by runners to get to Boston - and it does that! 25% of the field runs a BQ (used to be 33% before Boston tightened the standards).
Pretty flat around a river makes it fast. A ten mile loop run twice actually works to your advantage - no surprises.
What's not to like - the crazy Boston registration period that opens right before this and every other marathon, locking us out of the following Boston - BOO Boston committee.

Race Tips

This is a course to run even splits - no significant terrain changes to worry about. Set that pace for your goal and go for it.
Expect to seed yourself - this is still small enough to let runners do it the old fashion way - no cattle calls to corals. Look for pace groups and/or like minded runners to pace with.

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review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Two loop double stem lollipop course lets you always have a goal within 5 miles. Just enough rolls to keep you legs alive.

Race Tips

Last three miles seem long, and the open traffic nearby can be distracting.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Do not park in the Ayotte Garage nearest the Tsongas Center. Traffic is awful to get in there.



review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great course, easy logistics, got my BQ, lots of good spots for spectators.

Race Tips

Carry some extra nutrition; there were only a couple of gel stations and I missed one of them.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Great Vietnamese noodle place not far from start/finish. We went there the night before and after the race.



review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Nice course with a few hills to keep it interesting. Lots of spectators.

Race Tips

Great course for a BQ! Great post race food.

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review of 2014 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Wonderful volunteer support and race organization with all of your energy and hydration needs being met swith a smile. Excellent food post-race. Fast, flat course great for qualifying for Boston. A beautiful course and food race for seasoned athletes and beginner marathoners alike.

Race Tips

Don't wait until the last minute to use the bathroom or you will not start on time.

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review of 2014 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Fast and flat! Decent crowd support and one of the best run events!

Race Tips

Cool temps, slight decline miles 8 -12 and 18 - 22. Dont be afraid to pick it up a little on these sections

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Arrive early, parking in the city can fill up quickly.



review of 2014 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Awesome BQ

Race Tips

Flat, keep the pace

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review of 2013 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips

Fast and flat, by runners and for runners. Tightly organized, friendly and enthusiastic support from start to finish, scenic double loop. Great Boston qualifier.

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review of 2011 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This was a great race. It is a flat and fast course. There are a lot of faster runners, so if you are trying to BQ then you'll likely find a group to run with.

Race Tips

It's a double loop course. I've done this a race a few times and since it is around a lake, sometimes you can run into a headwind for a time (you also get the tailwind too).

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I'm local, so I just drove in. No worries. There is plenty of parking on race day.



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