Join us for the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend, which is scheduled for April 9 & 10, 2016. The popular event includes races for all ages and fitness levels, and attracts 25,000 each year. 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 Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend has become a national model for other running organizations and communities, looking to inspire residents to make community wellness a priority.
2016 Information & Highlights
- Event is set for April 9 & 10, 2016.
- All New Course Design – Flatter, Faster, Two States, Two Bridges.
- Bridge Challenge 3.5 – Race within a Race with age group medals and chocolate bar.
- Medals are awarded to all weekend event participants.
- Technical short sleeve shirts for all marathon, half marathon and marathon relay participants, t-shirts for all other participants.
- First name on race bib to all marathon and half marathon participants who register by February 15, 2016.
- Water and Gatorade available at 17 aid stations along the marathon course, as well as at the start and finish.
- Boston Marathon qualifier.
- USATF certified courses.
- Michelob ULTRA After Party featuring a local band.
- St. Louis-themed race food: Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, Pasta House Toasted Ravioli and Crown Candy Chocolate.
- Corral Start, including waves to ease congestion.
- Marathon course completion time extended to 6.5 hours.
Marathon: 18 years of age or older on race day
Half-Marathon: 14 years of age or older on race day
Marathon Relay: 14 years of age or older on race day
Wheelchair Marathon: must wear helmets at all times, hand crank chairs are not eligible for entry
Participant Race Cap
Due to course limits, participant race caps have been established. We will accept 3,000 participants for the marathon, 12,000 for the half marathon and 650 four-person teams (2,400 total) for the marathon relay. The 5K Run/Walk is capped at 3,000 participants. The Children’s Fun Runs and Mature Mile are capped at 500 participants.
The New Race Course for Marathon, Half Marathon & Marathon Relay —
Course will be certified by USATF and for Boston Marathon qualification. The start/finish line is located at Market & 15th Street in Downtown St. Louis. USATF insurance restrictions prohibit strollers/baby joggers, rollerblades/inline skates, and pets on the course. The use of an iPods, mp3 players, mobile devices, CD players or other audio/video device is strongly discouraged by race organizers because of safety reasons.
• Download 2015 Course Map HERE (course subject to change).
• Download 2015 Half Marathon Elevation Map HERE
• Download 2015 Marathon Elevation Map HERE
• Check out St. Louis Originals Course Videos HERE
• Check out Highlight Video HERE
• Download 2015 Marathon Road Closures HERE
3.1 mile certified course running through beautiful Forest Park. Participants will be timed up to 1 hour.
• Download 2015 Course Map HERE
Wheelchair Marathon & Half Marathon
Participants must wear helmets at all times and stay to the right side of the road. Wheelchair participants are permitted in the Marathon and Half Marathon only. Hand crank chairs are not eligible for entry. If you have additional questions regarding wheelchair participation, please email us at email@example.com
All marathoners, half marathoners and relay participants will receive a technical short sleeve shirt, top quality finisher’s medal, access to fluid stations, VIP tent for qualifying elite athletes, gear check, energy gels, course entertainment, post-race food & beverage, medical stations, massage therapy, individual race photos and of course spirited neighborhood crowds and hospitable volunteers.
All 5K, Children’s Fun Run and Mature Mile participants will receive a T-shirt, finisher’s medal, 1 fluid station, post-race food, beverages & festivities.
GO! St. Louis VIP Race Area – Presented by KPMG
An exciting option for those participants competing in the Marathon, Half Marathon or Marathon Relay on April 10, 2016. Participants may choose to upgrade their race day experience with an exclusive VIP (Very Important Participant) package. This special opportunity is only available for the first 250 people for $80 each. Please note that the buffet food service will conclude at 12:30 pm on race morning. The VIP Package Includes: Express race packet pickup at the Expo, complimentary race day parking pass near the start/finish line area, access to a special pre and post-race VIP Area near the finish line, private restrooms, personal gear check on race morning, complimentary on-site massage and post-race breakfast buffet. To order the VIP Package, simply select the option during the initial registration process or add the package at a later date online. Reserve your spot Here.
Race officials may cancel, delay or change the event in case of extreme weather or other conditions that may affect the safety and health of the participants. In the event of cancellation, refunds will not be issued.
Event Alert System
All participants should familiarize themselves with the Event Alert System prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials and announcers and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather conditions on race day.
|Alert Level||Event Conditions||Recommended Actions|
|EXTREME/BLACK||EVENT CANCELLED/EXTREME AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS||PARTICIPATION STOPPED / FOLLOW EVENT OFFICIAL INSTRUCTION|
|HIGH/RED||POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS||SLOW DOWN / OBSERVE COURSE CHANGES / FOLLOW EVENT OFFICIAL INSTRUCTION / CONSIDER STOPPING|
|MODERATE/YELLOW||LESS THAN IDEAL CONDITIONS||SLOW DOWN / BE PREPARED FOR WORSENING CONDITIONS|
|LOW/GREEN||GOOD CONDITIONS||ENJOY THE EVENT / BE ALERT|
Aid Stations/Mile Markers
There will be 10 medical stations along the course, as well as paramedics traveling the course on bike. Water, Gatorade, and portable restrooms will be available along the course, as well as the Start and Finish Lines. Energy gel (brand TBD) will be available along the course. Food will be provided at the finish. Every mile will be clearly marked on a stand-up sign along the route and each mile will have a race clock.
Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K
We utilize the Chrono Track “B tag” system for race timing for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and 5K. The “B-tag” will be affixed to the back of your race bib when you pick it up from the Expo. Do not peel off your “B-tag”. No additional steps are needed prior to the start of your specific race. A few very important things to keep in mind to ensure an accurate finish time – Make sure the race bib is affixed to the front of your body and is placed on the layer of apparel that will be worn throughout the race (Do not put it on a shirt or jacket, then take off the shirt mid-race and carry the bib with you), Do not fold or wrinkle your bib prior to attaching it, and make sure it is not covered by a race belt, water bottle, etc.
We will utilize a corral and wave starting system for the 2016 marathon, half marathon and marathon relay. A corralled/wave start will provide a much more efficient and smooth start for everyone. All participants will be assigned corrals based on estimated finish times submitted during the registration process. Race bibs will designate your assigned corral for the race with a letter (A,B,C or D, etc.) which is located on your bib. If no estimated finish time is provided for the marathon, half marathon or marathon relay, the participant will be automatically placed in the final corral.
There will be two waves on race morning to space runners out so all can fall into their own running rhythm. The first wave will be at 7:00am. Each successive wave will be separated by one minute. Participants may move back in a corral/wave (i.e. from B to C), but may not move up in a corral/wave (i.e. from C to B). When the start of the race is announced, Corral A will be released. Corrals B, C, and D will remain at the start. At one minute intervals the next corral will be released. Individual times will not activate until a participants timing tag crosses the timing mats
Time Limit Rules
The marathon course route re-opens to traffic at a rolling schedule according to a 6.5-hour marathon pace or (14:52 minutes per mile). Marathoners and Half Marathoners must maintain a 14:52 minute per mile pace throughout the race. The time limit rules will be strictly enforced. There will be a pace leader leading a 6 hour 30 minute marathon pace or 3 hour 15 minute half marathon pace (14:52 minutes per mile). The time limit will begin when the 6:30 marathon pace group crosses the start line after the start of the race. Anyone who falls behind the last pacer, leading 14:52 min/mile must get into the sag wagon and be transported to the finish, or move to the sidewalk and obey all traffic signals.
Any Marathon or Marathon Relay participant who falls behind the pace (behind the 6:30 pace group) prior to the Half Marathon turn to the finish at Market and 18th St, will be required to finish with the Half Marathon. Any marathoner, who turns at the half marathon split and completes the half marathon, will receive finish line amenities (food, water, medical assistance if needed). After the half marathon turn to the finish, course support (police, course monitors, and water stations) will not be available to marathoners or marathon relay teams who fall behind the 14:52 minute per mile pace. Anyone who falls behind the pace must get in the sag wagon and will be transported to the finish line, or move to the sidewalk and obey all traffic signals. Marathoners who only complete the Half Marathon will not be eligible for overall or age group awards. For a more detailed list of rules and regulations, please call 314-727-0800.
We offer pace teams for both the full and half marathon led by experienced athletes. Visit the official pace team page for pace groups and bios.
2016 Prize Money
Prize money for the marathon and half marathon:
- 1st Place – $1500 for Male and Female Winners
- 2nd Place – $1,000
- 3rd Place – $300.
Marathon and Half Marathon Age Group Awards:
Official clock will determine overall winners, five deep, male and female, in these age categories: 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+. Marathon Relay Awards: 3 deep in male, female, coed in the following categories: corporate, family/friends.
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, visit druryhotels.com.
Schedule of Events
Friday, April 8, 2016
Health & Fitness Expo- presented by Big River Running (packet pickup)
10:00 am-6:00 pm – Chaifetz Arena
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Health & Fitness Expo- presented by Big River Running (packet pickup)
10:00 am-6:00 pm – Chaifetz Arena
Family Fitness Events in Forest Park (Cricket & Lindell Fields)
• 5K Run/Walk – presented by Mcbride & Son Homes: 8:00 am
• GO! St. Louis Read, Right and Run Marathon® presented by Express-Scripts: 9:15 am
• Children’s Fun Runs: 10:45 am
• Mature Mile – 11:15 am
Sunday, April 10, 2016
• Endurance Events at Soldier’s Memorial
• Marathon – presented by Mercy: 7:00 am
• Half Marathon – presented by PNC Bank: 7:00 am
• Marathon Relay (4 person) – presented by Lockton Companies: 7:00 am
Please note that events will start promptly at the designated time, so plan to arrive early. Individuals will not be allowed to participate in a race, if the race has officially started. Participants should be in their assigned starting corral no later than 6:40 am or risk starting at the back of the start line.