What is the date of the event?
The event is set for Saturday, April 6 and Sunday April 7, 2013.
What races are offered?
We offer a 5K, GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon, Children’s Fun Runs and a Mature Mile on Saturday in Forest Park. And on Sunday we have a Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay, starting in downtown St. Louis (Market & 15th Street)
How can I register?
Registration is available online only at gostlouis.org, except for the Marathon Relay, where we provide a hard copy entry form that is available on gostlouis.org under the marathon relay page.
What is the cost of the race?
Entry fee prices vary depending on the race and the time of year you plan to register. Registration opened on September 4 and continues until a race sells out or closes.
What does my registration fee go towards?
Funds generated from participant registration fees go toward costs associated with event shirts, finisher medals, and a variety of operational costs such as: official permits, medical supplies, security, race bibs, barricades, hydration equipment and timing services. In addition, as a local non-profit organization a portion of your entry fee helps support GO! St. Louis youth initiatives, aimed at fighting obesity in schools.
Can I get a refund if I cannot participate?
Unfortunately we do not offer refunds for any of the events. Costs associated with the pre-planning and ordering of participant amenities well in advance of the race prohibit us from offering refunds. In addition, refunds are not issued if the event is cancelled due to severe weather, disaster or emergency occurrences that may affect the safety and health of the participants. Please take a moment to read the full waiver that is available at the time of registration.
Can I transfer my registration to another person if I cannot participate?
We do offer an online transfer system until March 1 that allows you to transfer your spot to another participant. There is a $20 fee to complete the transfer, and the participant transferring their entry must coordinate payment with the participant accepting the entry on their own. A link to transfer is available on gostlouis.org, under the registration page.
Can I sell or give my entry to another participant without officially transferring through GO! St. Louis?
No, this is not allowed in any circumstances. While this practice may seem harmless, it can result in serious consequences to both parties involved. It’s an issue of false identity and a liability issue. Why? The most important reason is that your race bib is attached to your identity, so if an emergency occurs that requires medical attention or a race official must identify a participant, we need to have accurate information. In addition, finisher awards may be impacted. If race organizers identify an individual who has given their race bib to another person, it will result in disqualification and a minimum two-year ban for both individuals for any GO! St. Louis race.
Can I participate if I do not have my race bib on race morning or decide to join the race without officially completing the registration process?
No, this is not allowed. This is frequently termed “race bandit” by race organizers and will strictly be enforced. Course monitors are trained to spot participants who are not displaying a race bib, and will be escorted from the race course by officials and banned from future GO! St. Louis events.
What is packet pickup?
All registered participants receive a race bag (aka packet or goody bag) that includes their official race number, race program with important information and promotional product samples. Your race bag must be picked-up on April 5 or 6 at Chaifetz Arena. There is No race day packet pickup for the marathon, half marathon or relay on Sunday, April 7. For additional information on packet pickup location, times, directions etc., visit the Expo page on gostlouis.org.
What do I need to bring to pick up my race bag?
Participants in the marathon, half marathon, marathon relay and 5K will receive a final race confirmation sent via email a few days prior to the race, and within this email will be your race number. Please bring a copy of this confirmation and a photo ID to the Expo to receive your race bag.
I arrived at the Expo late and did not get my requested shirt size?
On a very limited basis, you may be faced with the situation where you go to pick up your packet and the shirt size you requested during the registration process is not available. With any race which require large amounts event shirts (15,000+), the order must be placed 4-6 months in advance of the event, so a certain amount of estimation of sizes takes place. Even with over-ordering it is not an exact science. Although if this happens, it generally effects a small amount of participants. To ensure you receive your requested size shirt, we encourage you to visit the Expo as early as possible.
Can I pick up another participant’s race bag?
Although we stress that it is very important that every registered participant pick up their own bag, we do realize that in some cases it is not feasible. If a participant is not able to attend the Expo and pick up their bag, they can complete a Packet Pickup Authorization Form, which allows someone to complete the process. No race bags will be released to an individual who does not have the proper form. Authorization forms are available HERE. A limit of 4 bags per person is enforced.
Do all four members of my relay team need to pick up their race bags individually?
No, we require only the relay team captain or a designated team member to pick up all four team member’s bags. We do not release individual packets to team members. We do encourage all members of a relay team to visit the Expo and enjoy the experience as a team, if possible.
What if I didn’t get my email confirmation with race number or want to confirm my race entry?
If you get to the Expo and do not have your race number, stop by the “Look Up my Number” table to do so.
Can I transfer to another race before race day?
Yes, just call our office by March 15, and we can complete the transfer for you. Please keep in mind if you are transferring to a race that has a higher entry fee cost, you will be responsible for the additional cost. For example if you registered for the 5K and now want to participate in the half marathon, you would incur additional entry fee costs. No partial refunds are provided if you transfer to a race with a lower entry fee. In addition, a transfer can only be made if space is still available in the race.
What is the weather like on race day?
Anyone that is a resident of the St. Louis region knows how unpredictable the weather can be on race day. The average start temp in early April is in the low to mid 40’s, with afternoon highs in the mid to upper 60’s.
What is a corral/wave start?
We assign participants a corral (A, B, C, D, etc.) based on their predicted finish time, which was requested during the registration process. On race day we have large corral signs that correspond with the letter on your race bib, this is where you line up for the race. To ease congestion at the start we release the corrals in waves, which are generally a minute or two apart.
Can I change corrals to run with a friend if we are assigned different corrals?
Yes, you may elect to a start in a lower corral with your friend, but you cannot go to a higher corral. For example if you are in corral B, you may go back to C or D, but cannot go to the A corral.
Can I adjust my estimated finish time after I have registered?
No, due to administrative reasons, it is not feasible for us to adjust estimated finish times for participants. We are happy that your training is going so well that you will now finish ahead of your original estimated time, but remember that your timing chip does not start until you cross the start line. With the wave start system it should allow for you to begin your race at the desired pace.
Do you have any course time limit rules?
Yes, as a good community partner with the city, local churches, businesses and residents we are obligated to reopen streets in a timely manner, so we have instituted some time limit restrictions that will be enforced. Marathon: The course route re-opens to traffic at a rolling schedule according to a 6.5-hour marathon pace or (14:52 minutes per mile). Half Marathoners must maintain a 14:52 minute per mile pace through 9 miles (Vandeventer and Forest Park Ave). 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.
Any Marathoner, Half Marathoner, or Marathon Relay participant who falls behind the pace prior to the Half Marathon Turnaround point will be required to move to the sidewalk and obey all traffic signals. At the half marathon turn-a-round (approximately 9.5 miles), any Marathoner or Marathon Relay Participant, who is behind the pace, must either turn and complete the half marathon or get in the dag wagon. Any marathoner, who turns at the half marathon turn-a-round and complete the half marathon, will receive finish line amenities (food, water, medical assistance if needed). After the half marathon turn-a-round, 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. Marathoners who only complete the Half Marathon will not be eligible for overall or age group awards. If you need additional clarification on time limit rules, please call our office at 314-727-0800.
How do you capture my finish time?
Your official race bib has two timing strips on the back, so do not remove these strips. Once you cross the start line your timing strip activates, and will not stop until you cross the finish line. In addition, we will have various timing mats on the course to capture your progress along the way. Athletes vying for prize money will be judged on gun time, while age group awards will be issued based upon tag (chip) time.
What is Holy Hill?
Holy Hill is a portion of the course, between Mile 6-8 on Olive Street that will have a Race within a Race (marathon & half marathon only). You will receive a separate time on this part of the course, with age group winners receiving a special medal after the race. This area will have entertainment, cheer zones and lots of fun stuff.
Do you allow participants to walk in the races?
Absolutely, we love walkers, but we ask that you indicate when registering that your plan to walk and that you agree to the time limit rules (14:52 per mile pace). Each year, we have hundreds of participants that have an enjoyable experience by walking in the race.
Do you allow participants to wear headphones, phones, iPods, etc.?
Although we do not restrict such devices, we strongly discourage the use for safety reasons. If you make a decision to wear a music-playing device during the race, please keep it at a low level so you can hear special instructions from course officials or emergency vehicles.
I love to run with my dog, may I bring him or her to run with me?
No, we love our pets too, but for safety reason pets are not allowed on the course at any time. Participants that compete with a pet will immediately be escorted off the course and disqualified.
Can I bike, rollerblade, roller skate, skateboard, etc. on the course?
No, we do not allow any “wheels” on the race course for safety reasons, other than approved wheelchair participants, emergency personnel or race officials . The use of “wheels” will result in a disqualification.
Can I participate in a wheelchair?
Yes, we do permit race competitive wheelchairs in the marathon race only. All wheelchair participants must register as such and wear a helmet at all times. We do not allow hand-crank chairs to participate in any race. Wheelchair participants start the marathon a few minutes prior to the elite division start.
I’m a disabled athlete, can I participate?
Yes, we will make every effort to provide a safe race experience for athletes of all abilities. If you are a disabled athlete and would like to compete, please call our race director (314) 727-0800, to ensure we can accommodate any special requirements.
Can I run or walk with a baby jogger or stroller?
No, we do not allow baby joggers or strollers in the marathon, half marathon or marathon relay race for safety reasons. Participants will be escorted off the course and disqualified. We do allow baby joggers or strollers in the 5K race, which takes place on Saturday, April 6 in Forest Park.
Do you offer Gear Check?
Yes, race morning Gear Check is offered starting at 5:30 am at City Hall on Market Street. Participants should re-use the bag they received at the Expo. Simply tear off the Gear Check tag from your race bib and affix it with the small tie provided to you at the Expo. Your official race bib number is also your gear check number. We discourage you from placing valuables in the gear check bags.
Where can my family and friends watch the race?
We have designated official cheer zones throughout the course that make great viewing options for spectators. We encourage you to pick up a Spectator Guide at the Expo, which will provide viewing locations. The start of the race is a great place to observe 15,000 participants beginning their journey, while Metrolink stations along the route provide a great way to view from multiple cheer zones. Also, we have a Family Reunion Area at the finish line, complete with alphabetical signs (If your last name is Smith, you stand near the “S” sign) that make it an easy way to reconnect with family and friends.