COVID-19 and the bg26.2
August 21, 2020 marks the 15th anniversary of Susan Riherd’s passing. It was in her memory that in 2012, the bg26.2 & half marathon was formed. This November would have been the bg26.2 & half marathon’s 9th running. However, despite our efforts to design a plan to keep our runners and volunteers safe, and collaborating with the local authorizing agencies, we were unable to secure the necessary permits to go forward with this year’s event in person. We still will offer the full, half and bg6000 as virtual events.
We have updated our registration page to offer only virtual events and will contact all those individuals who have already registered with options of either deferring to 2021 or run it virtually. While this is heartbreaking for all involved, we are committed to upholding the guidelines placed by the CDC, the City of Bowling Green and the State of Kentucky.
Thanks again to the running community of Bowling Green and all our other followers for making the bg26.2 & half marathon such a success. We will rock it in year #10!!
-bg26.2 steering committee
Now Heading Into Its 3rd Year!
Walk MS is a 1 mile walk being held on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Location and time to be determined.
Join us for the 9th running bg26.2 & half marathon in a race against Multiple Sclerosis. The Boston Marathon qualifying USATF certified course (13.1 mile loop) starts at the Bowling Green Ball Park and runs through historic downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky and the beautiful WKU campus. (Marathoners will run the Boston Marathon qualifying course twice.) Runners will finish at the Bowling Green Ball Park. There is a 6 hour time limit on the race. After 6 hours, participants must move to the sidewalks or extreme right side of the road. Registered participants for bg26.2, half marathon and bg6000 will receive a goodie bag and tech shirt. Finishers will receive a finisher’s medal and finish area refreshments.
RACE START TIMES:
Sunday, November 1st
bg26.2 & half marathon - 7:00am
bg6000 - 8:00am
Click HERE for a printable map of the course.
Near the Start/Finish
The bg26.2 & half marathon offers special perks to members of the Fifty States Half Marathon Club, the 50 States Marathon Club, the 100 Half Marathons Club, Marathon Maniacs and the Half Fanatics.
Click on logos below to find out more information.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have a drive-thru packet pick-up. More details later.
There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION or PACKET PICK-UP for any event.
Official race start is at 7:00 a.m. Central Time for the bg26.2 & half marathon.
The bg6000 will start at 8:00 a.m.
The bg26.2 half marathon is a RRCA Kentucky State Half Marathon Championship event. Awards will be presented to overall male and female open, masters (40+), grand masters (50+), and senior grand masters (60+) in the half marathon division.
Marathon awards to First, Second and Third Place male/female finishers.
Overall awards to masters male/female (40-49), grandmasters male/female (50 and over)
and push rim wheelchair division.
Awards also given for 1st thru 3rd place age group winners.
Age groups for the marathon are:
16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, and 70 & over.
The minimum age requirement for the bg26.2 marathon is 16 years old.
Half marathon awards to First, Second and Third Place male/female finishers.
Overall awards masters male/female (40-49), grandmasters male/female (50 and over)
and 1st thru 3rd place in age group divisions.
Age groups for the half marathon are:
12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, and 70 & over.
The minimum age requirement for the half marathon is 12 years old.
bg6000 awards to overall male/female winner and 1st thru 3rd place in age group divisions. Age groups for the bg6000 are 9&U, 10-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, and 70 & over.
Need help preparing for the big race? Train with the Street Sharks - official training team for the bg26.2, bgHalf, and bg6000. Our free training plans and run groups are sponsored by our friends at Land Shark Shredding
More info here
Official sports drink for the 2020 bg26.2 & half marathon / bg6000