The last few days were totally incredible.
On Tuesday I’ve received an email from 2:09 Events that they will release their Boston packages on Wednesday around 12pm. I had a rough idea how much will it be, but was really worried that we didn’t save up enough money for it.
The email stated that they had 300+ people on their interest list, but they only have 30 spots. OMG. I need to be fast and lucky to get in.
Luckily from last year I still had their proper website link, so I was really hoping that they will use the same one this year, just with updated details.
I checked out all the pages and I realised it was the proper one. New hotel and flight details on it, just couldn’t press the ” Pay ” button.
On Wednesday I rushed home from work, I’m so glad I only work part-time and finishing at 10am.
Sat down in front of the computer at 11am and was patiently waited.
Pre filled the application from, and was really hoping that they’ll use that when the registration opens. I had it pre filled in my Mac , on the iPad and on my iPhone. I really didn’t want to risk it not pressing the button fast enough.
Also realised something else, when they sent out the emails, they using an app called Mailchimp. I’ve used the same when I had my own cupcake business. With MailChimp you can check out all previously sent newsletters and it pops up when they send out a new one as well. So when I’ve seen the email subject ” Boston Marathon Tour Now Open ” then I knew its all open. I’ve seen it there quicker than in my GMAIL account.
Quickly checked the link, and it was the same as the one I’ve filled out earlier. Checked the prices and it only went up by £75 so it wasn’t too bad. Then pressed the ” PAY” button.
According to GMAIL 2:09 events sent the registration open email at 11:58.11 and I’ve got their confirmation about my registration at 11:58.14. I felt great about it, and I really didn’t think I could have done it any faster.
About 20minutes later received an email from 2:09 Events that ” The response to the Boston details going live has been unpresidented and we sold out in the first 3 mins with over 80 booking applications received in the first 10mins.”
WOW. That was incredibly fast. previously their website stated that last year they sold out in 2 hours. So you can clearly see that loads of people want to get into the race.
Also this email stated that they will be in contact with everyone by end of business , and let them know if they were successful or not. The suspense was killing me.
I’ve got my confirmation email with the invoice at 17.09. I never been happier to get my bank card charged haha. Well Boston here I come.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get a charity spot for Tokyo, then I’ll collect my 6star medal in Boston.
Now lets talk about the prices and hotels and flight details.
Because it’s a package deal I had to take all of it, couldn’t do the same as I’ve done for NY ( flight + entry ), it was the full package ( flight, hotel, entry ).
|PRICES PER PERSON||TWIN ROOM||SINGLE ROOM|
- RACE ENTRY FEE £500
So as you can see it’s not a cheap option. But I don’t think I’ll be able to BQ and run a 3:35 marathon. I’m currently training just to break the 6hrs mark.
The total tour cost us £4498 ( 1 runner + 1 supporter ).
But as I said to others, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t gamble. I do run haha. Also if I set my mind to something I can save up for everything. Since last year Hubby and I saved up for this. So it’s not as hard as some people think. We havent’ taken up any loans or credit cards. So it’s paid from purely our money. If you think about doing it next year I’d suggest to start saving up for it, you’ll have a whole 12 months to do it. Good luck 🙂
Hotel – Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
OMG, I would have never stayed in this hotel. It’s way out of our price range. But it comes with the tour so will enjoy every minute of it.
It’s a 4 star hotel, and according to booking.com the price for it at Boston weekend is £1800 for 2 people.
Also just seen on Google, that this hotel is supposed to be Haunted!! Does anyone know if its true or not?? http://historyofmassachusetts.org/omni-parker-house-haunted/
Flights – Virgin Atlantic and Delta code share
According to Skyscanner the prices for marathon weekend is already at least £1450 for 2 people.
Depart from London Heathrow on Virgin flight VS11 departing from London Heathrow at 15.25 and arriving in Boston at 17.55local time.
Boston Logan Airport for the return flight on Delta flight DL58 departing at 19.26. Arrive at London Heathrow at 07.05.
I’ll try to book out seats as soon as we get the details from 2:09 Events, but I’m not in a mad rush now.
If anyone has any more question about the tour package, please comment below and I’m happy to help.