GO! St. Louis, a local non-profit organization, encourages individuals and families in the St. Louis region to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle year round. The organization accomplishes this through community collaborations, school based programming and the creation of new and fun fitness events.
The GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend, held in April each year, continues to be our signature event, attracting over 23,000 participants from 47 states and 12 countries in 2010. The GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend features 10 different races for all ages and fitness abilities. The event is Missouri’s largest competitive fitness event and includes a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5K run/walk, children’s fun runs and a mature mile. The Family Fitness Weekend has become a national model for other running organizations and communities, looking to inspire residents to make community wellness a priority.
In addition to the annual Family Fitness Weekend, the innovative GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon program for students is in its tenth year of inspiring children to read 26 books, right the community with 26 good deeds and run 26.6 miles in six months. During the current school year the program will be offered in more than 180 schools in the St. Louis region.
Key Facts about the organization:
Organization was formed in 2000.
Created the nation’s only Read, Right & Run Marathon in 2001.
Introduced Half Marathon race in 2003.
Organized and hosted the 2003 Women’s Marathon National Championship
Organized and hosted the 2004 US Olympic Trials – Women’s Marathon
Introduced “Mature Mile”: 2005
Introduced “Battle of the Badges Marathon Relay”: 2006
Expanded mission and changed name from Spirit of St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend to GO! St. Louis, September 2007.
Introduced GO! St. Louis Mile-by-Mile Marathon in 2007.
Introduced Students on the GO! program in 2008
Organized the 2009 All-Star Game Charity 5K Run, as part of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities.
Introduced GO! St. Louis Halloween 10K & Fun Run in 2009.
Organized the Cardinals Care “Run Home for Kids” Charity Run in 2010
Introduced GO! Bananas Promotion, promoting a healthy diet