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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, October 21, 2018
2017: Sunday, October 22, 2017

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

2017: 1,328 Finishers
2016: 1,329 Finishers
2015: 1,417 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 30.5%
2016: 23%
2015: 27.5%

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 70th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 66th largest in 2015.

This year 30.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 23% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Baystate Marathon the 29th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 16th highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 99.08 ranks it as the 183rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th 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 126th 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)


Recent Baystate Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 23 Reviews
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review of 2016 Baystate Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


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.

Race Tips

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

review of 2016 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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


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 2016 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great, flat course. Excellent race support and organization. Great medal and tech shirt. One of my favorite marathons. The only thing I would like is better post-race food.

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review of 2015 Baystate Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

Finish Time Equivalent

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