FAQ

If you have any questions that are not addressed on this page, please feel free to contact us directly at the information to the right.

When is the race?

The race will be held Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 7:00AM.

Can I use headphones?

We think your experience and that of those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to relate with your fellow runners and to better enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line. 

However, the final choice is yours. Runner safety is and will always be a top priority at our race.

Can I defer or transfer my entry?

We do not offer transfers or refunds under any circumstance.

Runners may defer the original registration one time for a fee of $15. BCS runners have the option to defer their original registration to the next year’s marathon or half. Deferring an entry guarantees a spot to re-register in the following year’s marathon by waiving participation in the current marathon or half. The registration you paid for this year’s race will then get you into next year’s race. Deferrals are allowed until Midnight, November 14, 2014. Deferrals will not be allowed after this date for any reason, including medical reasons. Register to defer your race until 2015 here. 

Where is the race?

The course starts and finishes at Wolf Pen Creek Park in College Station, TX. The start of the race is on the north side of Wolf Pen Creek nearest to the Post Oak Mall parking lot and the race finishes on the south side of the park at the entrance to the amphitheater. Both the start and finish areas are near the mall parking lot. The route takes you throughout College Station, Bryan and Texas A&M University.

Why should I run your race?

We can find several reasons we believe you will have a great experience running this race.

  • Our focus on organization and details will be evident in every aspect of the race.
  • Our directors and committee have run many of the biggest and most respected races in the country, giving us the knowledge of what it takes to put on a good race. Our race will feel like a big city marathon – without the high prices and massive crowds.
  • We stay engaged with our runners. From our very active Facebook community to our post-race reviews, we listen to our runners and offer what you are looking for in a great race!
  • Our post race food, beer and drink spread rival any marathon in Texas. Each of our runners are in for a treat once they cross the finish line.
  • 100% of proceeds from the race go to charities!

Anything else I should know about the race?

We are currently the highest rated marathon in Texas according to marathonguide.com. We strive for excellent organization and focus on details so you have the best race experience possible. It is our joy to host you!

Who is organizing the race?

The race is being organized by Mercy Project and BCS Marathon founder, Chris Field, race operations managers, Bob Appleton, Mercy Project staff and a 15-member planning committee. The committee is made up of volunteers who love running and are passionate about having a marathon in Bryan/College Station.

Chris Field has directed the BCS Marathon since the first in 2011. He has also organized two relays from Dallas to Houston (the longest relay in Texas), as well as the BCS Fitness Turkey Trot which takes place on Thanksgiving Day in College Station.

Is the course USATF certified?

Yes!

What does USATF certified mean?

The course has been accurately measured (multiple times) to ensure the distance. Our race is a Boston Marathon qualifying race allowing you to gain entry to the Boston Marathon with a qualifying time.

Will you have aid stations?

Yes. We have aid stations set up every 1.5 miles throughout the course, each containing water and Gatorade. There will be portacans every 3 or so miles along the course. We also make sure to find the most energetic and encouraging volunteers possible to cheer you on!