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Runners of St. Louis Featured Runner: Heather Campbell

A few weeks ago, we shared the inspiring story of St. Louis area native Tara Cassidy. Today, we’re introducing a second amazing local runner, Heather Campbell. She shares with GO! St. Louis the role that running has played in her life over the past three years, and how it has helped her to overcome some serious challenges. We’re proud to share Heather’s story with you!

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in North St. Louis County and stayed there until just this past year when we relocated to be closer to my husband’s job in St. Charles County.

What do […]

February 27th, 2015||

Creating a Route with our Runners in Mind

Our 15th anniversary GO! St. Louis survey was met with an overwhelming number of responses—over 2,000 runners participated in improving the 2015 Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend by responding to the survey questions!

Everybody’s feedback was appreciated and extremely helpful during the long process of creating a new and exciting race route!

Something special
Many of our responders voiced their interest in races that offer “something special,” something unique that no other race offers. It was responses like these that inspired us to take the marathon and half marathon over the bridges—how many races offer the chance to run over the Mississippi River?

Other […]

February 26th, 2015||
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2015 Race Route Q & A

Director of Race Management Brian Lyons answers your questions about the 2015 GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend race routes.

How many water stations are there?
There are 18 hydration stations that include Gatorade Endurance Formula and water. They’re staffed with 1,000 of the most enthusiastic volunteers!

How many porta-potties are there?
As you can imagine, the logistics of placing, stocking, cleaning and removing the portable restrooms is quite the undertaking. We’ll have over 300 portable restrooms (honey buckets, Johnnys, portalets—the list of names goes on and on!) between the start and finish areas and those located on the course. Most of […]

February 24th, 2015||
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Don’t Let the Cold Freeze Out Your Running Routine

By Benjamin Hicks, Certified Athletic Trainer at Mercy Sports Medicine
The weather around St. Louis has been frigid and nasty of late, but that’s no reason to slow your training. If you’re interested in cold weather running, there are a few things you should know:

Weather Conditions to Avoid:

Avoid running in winter storms due to decreased visibility for you and for drivers, and slick roads or sidewalks.
If there is snow or ice on the ground, try running in an area that has been cleared of snow and ice and has little to no traffic.
Avoid training in temperatures below 25⁰F and wind speeds […]

February 23rd, 2015||
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GO! for a Cause Featured Charity: Angels’ Arms

This week, we’re showcasing another incredible St. Louis nonprofit participating in the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend races. Angels’ Arms is a nonprofit organization that provides a house and many resources for foster parents, so they can create a loving home for their foster children.

The focus is to keep brothers and sisters together and find homes for hard to place foster kids. Angels’ Arms creates a loving atmosphere where foster kids experience what it’s like to be part of a happy family.  They thrive when given normal routines—doing their homework and chores, sitting down to family dinners. […]

February 19th, 2015||
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GO! for a Cause Featured Charity: The National Children’s Cancer Society

This week, we’re introducing our third GO! for a Cause featured charity: The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS), which is based here in St. Louis. The NCCS helps support children with cancer and their families, from diagnosis through survivorship.

The NCCS was formed in 1987 when a close friend of Mark Stolze, the organization’s founder and CEO, was fighting cancer and needed a bone marrow transplant. At the time, these procedures were still considered experimental and not covered by insurance plans. Stolze realized how devastating cancer could be on an entire family physically, emotionally and financially.

“The NCCS expanded its program services […]

February 9th, 2015||

Tip of the Week: Stay Hydrated!

Hydration is critical when it comes to running, especially long distances like half and full marathons. Here at GO! St. Louis, we want to make sure that our runners stay healthy while they train, and with the Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend coming up, we think it’s more important than ever to remind our runners how important hydration is during training!

While some runners stick to plain old water, there are plenty of sources of hydration available to fit and active people. Sports drinks and gels are very popular among runners, and can be very helpful! Smoothies, tea, juice and even […]

February 2nd, 2015||