The GO! St. Louis half marathon route is a scenic, point-to-point route with a great downhill finish. Beginning in Forest Park, runners will first head west toward the campus of Washington University in St. Louis and the beautiful surrounding neighborhoods of Clayton, MO. Heading back toward the park on Wydown Boulevard (locally known as one of the best running streets in St. Louis!) will give runners a great downhill stretch before facing a few infamous Forest Park hills during the next miles.
Elevation + Course Description
Miles 3 – 5.5 weave back through Forest Park, where runners will see iconic park landmarks such as the St. Louis Art Museum, the World’s Fair Pavilion, and the St. Louis Muny Opera. After leaving the park, runners continue east through The Grove, an up-and-coming urban neighborhood full of restaurants and bars. Miles 7 – 9 are in Midtown, home of St. Louis University. The last hills of the route are in this section, including a climb up to Market Street as runners can just begin to see views of downtown St. Louis.
After mile 9, it is, quite literally, all downhill from here! The route heads straight down Market Street past Union Station, the brand-new St. Louis Aquarium and Ferris Wheel, and then turns south on 12th street at City Hall. After a few quick turns (all still downhill!) in the final downtown miles, runners make their way to Leonor K Sullivan Boulevard, where they run a final flat mile along the Mississippi River and Gateway Arch National Park.