elite-athletes-go-st-louisProgram Goal

GO! St. Louis is proud to offer one of the top half marathon prize purses in the United States. Our goal is to showcase the sport of distance running at its highest level and to do it in a way that promotes true competition. The elite athletes will be a vital part of the entire GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend®, providing all of our participants and fans a level of excitement that Saint Louisans have come to expect from a city with a long history of sporting excellence.

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Prize Structure — Men & Women

Half Marathon Invitational
First = $5,000
Second = $2,500
Third = $1,000

To be eligible for invitational prize money you must register through our elite athlete coordinator elite@gostlouis.org and you must be officially entered by March 25th.

Read the 2014 News Release Announcing the Fields HERE

Read the Elite Athlete Q&As HERE.

2014 Men’s Field:
Jordan Chipangama, Zambia
Craig Curley, USA
Jacob Chemtai, Kenya
Matt O’Connor, USA
Julius Koskei, Kenya
Patrick Cheptoek, Kenya
Fredison Costa, Brazil
Dan Kirwa, Kenya
Stephen Pifer, USA

2014 Women’s Field:
Sarah Kiptoo, Kenya
Kellyn Johnson, USA
Hannah Wanjiru, Kenya
Pasca Cheruiyot, Kenya
Doreen Kitaka, Kenya
Emma Kennan, USA
Danna Herrick, USA
Marion Kandie, Kenya
Connie Teague, USA

Half Marathon Course Records
Aaron Braun – 1:03:13 (2013)
Mattie Suver – 1:12:22 (2013)

2013 Half Marathon Invitational Division Results
Aaron Braun – 1:03:13
Jordan Chipangama – 1:03:22
Josphat Boit – 1:03:52

Mattie Suver, USA – 1:12:22
Tera Moody, USA – 1:12:34
Sarah Kiptoo, Kenya – 1:12:51

Entry Standards

GO! St. Louis will accept inquiries to join our elite field from athletes who have hit the following time standards within the past two years and meet these two additional requirements; are willing to participate in race weekend activities and are active on social media. GO! St. Louis also supports a clean sport and reserves the right to include drug-testing on race weekend for all elite athletes. Please email us at elite@gostlouis.org if you wish to be a part of this year’s event. Include your personal bests from the last two years as well as any other major accomplishments during that time. Note that our elite fields for the invitational half marathon will be very exclusive and will be decided upon by our elite athlete coordinator and the GO! St. Louis staff.

Half Marathon
Invitational Men – 1:07 half or 2:25 full
Invitational Women – 1:20 half or 2:50 full

Prize money or course record bonuses will not be offered in the Marathon this year, but a limited number of complimentary entries will be available for marathoners, who have met qualifying standards. Please contact us at elite@gostlouis.org for more information.


GO! St. Louis offers travel and lodging expenses to elite athletes on a case-by-case basis. All inquiries should be sent to elite@gostlouis.org. For those who do not qualify for elite travel benefits, Drury Hotels is the Official Hotel Partner of GO! St. Louis and offer preferred participant discount rates. To reserve a room or get additional hotel info click HERE.

Race History
All-Time Results
History of Winners & Event Records