Boston Qualifying Information

Advocate Dreyer Fox Valley Marathon is a Boston Hopeful Favorite

  • Certified Boston Qualifier
  • Fast, shady, almost pancake-flat course
  • Boston based pace groups
  • Early fall timing
  • Ideal race size
  • 2011 Race was a Top 25 US Boston Qualifier

Beat the Boston 2014 Registration Rush!!!

Our Certified Boston Qualifier status, fast shady flat course, early fall timing, ideal race size, and Boston based pace groups have made Fox Valley a perennial favorite for Boston Hopefuls, and a ranking as a Top 25 US Boston Qualifier in 2011.

With 2014 Boston Registration dates announced as ‘Early September’, the 2013 Fox Valley Marathon is one of your earliest and best chances at fall qualification. 

Boston 2014 Registration Schedule
for qualified runners is expected to be one of the two options below:

Matching Last Year’s Registration Schedule Boston Athletic Association
Mon 9/16/13 20 minutes under qualifying standard
Wed 9/18/13 10 minutes under qualifying standard
Fri 9/20/13 05 minutes under qualifying standard
Sat 9/21/13 Early registration closes
Sun 9/22/13 Fox Valley Marathon
Mon 9/23/13 Open Registration begins
Fri 10/?/13 Registration closes (4 weeks in 2013)

Or Early Registration Schedule: Boston Athletic Association
Mon 9/09/13 20 minutes under qualifying standard
Wed 9/11/13 10 minutes under qualifying standard
Fri 9/13/13 05 minutes under qualifying standard
Sat 9/14/13 Early registration closes
Mon 9/15/13 Open Registration begins
Sun 9/22/13 Fox Valley Marathon
Fri 10/?/13 Registration closes (4 weeks in 2013)

See the Boston Athletic Association website for complete registration information when it becomes available.

What does this mean for our Boston hopefuls?

The 2013 Advocate Dreyer Fox Valley Marathon is once again one of your best chances to qualify for Boston 2014 !!!

1.After summer heat and humidity training, fall marathons are the most reliable choice for a fast Marathon time.

2. September daily low temperatures in the Fox Valley average near 50 (source:

Historical temps
Race Date: Lo Hi
9/22/2012 43 59
9/16/2011 46 63
9/16/2010 62 73
Average 50 73

3. 1800 marathoners and 3700 total runners make Fox Valley Marathon the perfect size for a qualifying race.

4. Fox Valley’s pace groups are designed to help you meet your Boston qualifying times.

5. With the faster qualifying standards, Boston 2014 will not fill up before 9/22/2013.

6. Runners from across the country like Fox Valley’s convenient Chicagoland location.

7. The 2013 Fox Valley’s waffle-flat, shady, USATF Certified course is designed for fast times.

8. With over 20% of 2011 finishers qualifying, the Fox Valley Marathon was a Top 25 US Boston Qualifier.

9. Fox Valley’s September 22th date will be one of your earliest fall 2013 chances to qualify for Boston 2013.

10. With our unique Race Flex Option™, you decide your race distance at packet pickup (13.1, 20, or 26.2), letting race-day weather forecast and your training help you determine whether Fox Valley or a later fall marathon will be your best chance for a Boston 2014 Qualifying race.

Sign up soon (all races have FILLED each of our previous years) and experience one of the best of the Midwest.
And if you're trying your first marathon or striving for a PR or Qualifying time, double your chance for good weather for your fall race with our unique Race Flex Option™.

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