Greater St. Louis Marathon - #RallyTheLou!

Introducing MOtion, the Greater St. Louis Marathon Afterparty!

Greater St. Louis Marathon

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Experience a Marathon Reimagined!

Discover the excitement of the Greater St. Louis Marathon, set to take the city by storm on April 27, 2024. This not-to-be-missed event promises a weekend filled with new courses, iconic landmarks, and vibrant celebrations, including the first-ever National Running Club Championships & Rally.

With festivities kicking off downtown and concluding with a lively after-party outside St. Louis SC’s CITYPARK, participants can look forward to live music, local cuisine, and an unparalleled city tour showcasing the spirit of St. Louis, the Gateway to the Best.

  • New Venue!
  • New Partnerships!
  • New Expo!
  • New Club Championship!
  • New Course!
  • New Experience!

2024 Event Guide (pdf)

Races + Registration

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Date +Time
Saturday 4.27.24
Start time: 7:00am

Age Requirement
Participants must be at least 18 years of age or older on race day.

The Course
(Click image to download pdf)

Course Time Limit
The time limit for the GO! St. Louis Marathon is 6.5 hours. The course will close/streets will reopen on a rolling schedule according to the maximum pace per mile. Runners must maintain an average 15 minute per mile to stay ahead of the course closure. Marathoners must reach the full/half marathon split point (at the 13 mile mark) by 10:30 to stay in the race.

Register Today!

Registration Includes:

  • Premium event shirt
  • Top quality finisher’s medal
  • Personalized bib with your name (must be registered by 2/15/24; includes Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K)
  • Water/Gatorade stations along the course including the start and finish lines
  • Energy gel stations along the half and marathon courses
  • St. Louis-themed finish line food
  • Gear check
  • VIP access (additional purchase required. Details below under Race Weekend / VIP)
  • Medical stations
  • Massage therapy
  • Individual race photos
  • Spirited neighborhood crowds
  • Hospitable volunteers
  • Post-race party with local food and drinks!

Sponsored by:

Date +Time
Saturday 4.27.24
Start time: 7:00am

Age Requirement
Participants must be at least 14 years of age or older on race day.

The Course
(Click image to download pdf)

 

Course Time Limit
The time limit for the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon is 3 hours and 15 minutes. The course will close/streets will reopen on a rolling schedule according to the maximum pace per mile. Runners must maintain an average 15 minute per mile to stay ahead of the course closure.

Register Today!

Registration Includes:

  • Premium event shirt
  • Top quality finisher’s medal
  • Personalized bib with your name (must be registered by 2/15/24; includes Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K)
  • Water/Gatorade stations along the course including the start and finish lines
  • Energy gel stations along the half and marathon courses
  • St. Louis-themed finish line food
  • Gear check
  • VIP access (additional purchase required. Details below under Race Weekend / VIP)
  • Medical stations
  • Massage therapy
  • Individual race photos
  • Spirited neighborhood crowds
  • Hospitable volunteers
  • Post-race party with local food and drinks!

Sponsored by:

Run the Marathon Relay!
Marathon relay teams are composed of four runners, who each run one leg of the 26.2 mile course. Legs are *not* equal in distance, and are chosen based on appropriate exchange points for parking and transportation considerations. All relay runners will receive maps, parking instructions, and relay exchange locations prior to the race.

Date +Time
Saturday 4.27.24
Start time: 7:00am

Age Requirement
Participants must be 14 years or older on race day.

Course Time Limit
The time limit for the GO! St. Louis Marathon is 6.5 hours. The course will close/streets will reopen on a rolling schedule according to the maximum pace per mile. Runners must maintain an average 15 minute per mile to stay ahead of the course closure.

Marathon Relay Leg Distances

  • Runner 1: 6.5 miles
  • Runner 2: 5.6 miles
  • Runner 3: 5.9 miles
  • Runner 4: 8.2 miles

The Course
(Click image to download pdf)

Register Today!

Registration Includes:

  • Premium event shirt
  • Top quality finisher’s medal
  • Personalized bib with your name (must be registered by 2/15/24; includes Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K)
  • Water/Gatorade stations along the course including the start and finish lines
  • Energy gel stations along the half and marathon courses
  • St. Louis-themed finish line food
  • Gear check
  • VIP access (additional purchase required. Details below under Race Weekend / VIP)
  • Medical stations
  • Massage therapy
  • Individual race photos
  • Spirited neighborhood crowds
  • Hospitable volunteers
  • Post-race party with local food and drinks!

Date +Time
Saturday 4.27.24
Start time: 7:00am

Age Requirement
Participants must be 12 years or older on race day.

The Course
(Click image to download pdf)

Course Time Limit
10K runners must maintain a 15-minute per mile maximum to complete the course. 10K runners must maintain a 20-minute per mile maximum to complete the course.

Register Today!

Registration Includes:

  • Premium event shirt
  • Top quality finisher’s medal
  • Personalized bib with your name (must be registered by 2/15/24; includes Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K)
  • Water/Gatorade stations along the course including the start and finish lines
  • Energy gel stations along the half and marathon courses
  • St. Louis-themed finish line food
  • Gear check
  • VIP access (additional purchase required. Details below under Race Weekend / VIP)
  • Medical stations
  • Massage therapy
  • Individual race photos
  • Spirited neighborhood crowds
  • Hospitable volunteers
  • Post-race party with local food and drinks!

Date +Time
Saturday 4.27.24
Start time: 4:00pm

Age Requirement
Participants must be 6 years or older on race day.

The Course
(Click image to download pdf)

Course Time Limit
5K runners must maintain a 20-minute per mile maximum to complete the course. 5K runners must maintain a 20-minute per mile maximum to complete the course.

Register Today!

Registration Includes:

  • Premium event shirt
  • Top quality finisher’s medal
  • Water station along the course
  • Individual race photos
  • Hospitable volunteers
  • Post-race party with local food and drinks!

Date +Time
Saturday 4.27.24
Start time: 3:30pm

Age Requirement
Participants of all ages are welcome in the 1-Mile Family Fun Run!

 

Register Today!

Registration Includes:

  • Premium event shirt
  • Top quality finisher’s medal
  • Water station along the course
  • Individual race photos
  • Hospitable volunteers
  • Post-race party with local food and drinks!

Greater St. Louis Marathon: Running Club Championships
Part-friendly competition, part-social gathering, and all fun! We invite you to celebrate all the things that make the running community the vibrant, diverse network of athletes that it is. This unique competition levels the playing field, valuing every distance, every runner, and even every volunteer.

We’re excited to bring a little friendly competition to this year’s newly reimagined Greater St. Louis Marathon! Read all about how your team can earn points for your club towards becoming the CHAMPIONS of the inaugural Greater St. Louis Running Club Championships!

Categories

  • Under 10 participants
  • 11- 25 participants
  • Over 25 participants

Special Awards for 2024 

  • Team who traveled the farthest
  • Farthest combined distance run
  • Team Spirit (best uniforms/best campsite decor/etc – totally subjective on this one!!)

How do you earn points for your team? 

  1. Race registration: The distance you register for is the first way you earn points for your team. Marathoners will earn the most points down to the 5K with the least.
  2. Race results: Using an age-graded system, your finish time will earn you additional points for your team. Everyone will receive points with a finish time, but additional points will be earned for those with faster age-graded times.
  3. Volunteering: Have some non-runners, or runners who are training for a different race, on your team? Volunteer hours will earn points towards your team total. (FYI, runners who are participating in the race can also earn volunteer points in shifts at the Expo or other pre-race volunteer needs!)
  4. On-Course Cheer Station: The ultimate point-earning opportunity! If your team has enough people who aren’t running (or are family members of runners!) and you set up an official cheer station on-course, your team will receive a healthy amount of points for doing this awesome act of running community fellowship! (Please note: cheer stations must be “official” and registered with the event to be eligible for points.)

Winners will be announced LIVE at the after-party, and can expect to earn bragging rights, some great prizes from our partners, and the satisfaction of running and competing with some really awesome teammates!

2024 Club Commons Map & Running Club Campsite Locator

Download a PDF

Team “Campsite” Details:

  • Each space is roughly 40×50 rectangle, with some variation
  • Spaces are built with perimeter fencing and interior bike rack.
  • Spots will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis.

Rules + Regulations:

  • Overnight security will be provided for teams to leave tents, chairs, etc. DO NOT leave valuables or individual possessions overnight.
  • Teams may leave their own gear + items during the day, but are required to staff their own space. GO! St. Louis is not responsible for the care of each team’s possessions left in their space.
  • 10×10 tents are permitted. Anything over 10×10 must be approved by GO! St. Louis.
  • No fires, propane, or other flammable equipment is permitted.
  • Any animals brought into the space must be on leashes at all times.
  • No weapons of any type may be brought into the area.
  • No generators are allowed, and electricity will not be provided in the area.

Set Up Camp at the WashU Runner Club Commons
Tailgating, runner-style! Set up camp (all but the overnight part, that is!) in our Club Commons and enjoy your own team’s designated area to hang out and relax before, during (for the non runners) and after the races. Our hosts at Wash U have activities and runner services planned in the common area and you’ll have front row seats for the post-race party.

#RallyTheLou Challenge
Race day just got a whole lot more fun! Complete the #RallyTheLou Challenge by running one of our morning race distances: 10K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon and then complete our afternoon 5K! In addition to the bragging rights of running two races in one day, you will receive some great swag too!

#RallyTheLou Challenge participants who complete the challenge will receive:

  • 5K medal and event shirt
  • 10K, half or full marathon medal and event shirt
  • A commemorative #RallyTheLou Challenge medal
  • Premium #RallyTheLou Challenge sweatshirt

Register Today!

#RallyTheLou Challenge FAQ

I’ve already registered for one of the races, but I want to do the challenge. What do I do?
No problem, send an email info@gostlouis.org to upgrade your current registration to the challenge.

Do I have to complete all events to get the swag?
As with any race, you must complete each event to get its medal, and you must complete all events in your challenge to receive both the commemorative challenge medal and sweatshirt.

If I’ve registered for each event separately, am I registered for the challenge automatically?
No. If you are interested in registering for the challenge, but have registered for each event separately, please email info@gostlouis.org the office and we can walk you through the process of registering for the challenge.

Race Weekend

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About the Expo
The Greater St. Louis Marathon Expo & Packet Pickup, presented by Terrain Magazine, will be the official packet pickup location for registered runners this year. With 50 booths expected at the two-day event, the Expo & Packet Pickup invites runners, their friends and families to stop by to check out health, fitness and running exhibits from local and national vendors.

Packet Pickup
To receive your packet for race day, you MUST pick up your packet at the Expo & Packet Pickup. Admission to the Expo & Packet Pickup is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Vendor Information
Interested in becoming a vendor at the Greater St. Louis Expo? Please see our vendor packet HERE for more information.

5K and 1-Mile Fun Run Packet Pickup
5K runners can pick up their packets at the expo on Thursday, April 25 or Friday, April 26 (hours listed above) or at the race site beginning at 3pm on Saturday April 27 before the race.

Packet Pickup Authorization
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 own 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. A limit of ONE additional bag per person is enforced.

Expo & Packet Pickup Location
St. Louis Union Station – Midway East\
1820 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

Expo Hours
Thursday, April 25: 3pm – 7pm
Friday, April 26: 11am – 8pm

Thursday, April 25

3:00pm – 7:00pm
Greater St. Louis Marathon Expo & Runner Packet Pick Up

Friday, April 26

11:00am – 8:00pm
Greater St. Louis Marathon Expo & Runner Packet Pick Up

Saturday, April 27

RACE DAY!!

5:00am
WashU Runner Club Commons opens

The tailgate continues for the big day! Teams may set up in pre-assigned spaces (see: #RallytheLou Running Club Champs page for more info) to make their camp for the day. On-site amenities will include: food trucks, coffee vendors, and anything else you can think of that would make a running-style tailgate party complete!

Local Run Clubs will also host special events throughout the day to encourage even more camaraderie and celebration!

7:00am
Greater St. Louis Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 10K
Spectator & Post-Race Festival Area Opens

10:30am
10K and Half Marathon Awards Ceremony – Live on Stage!

Overall winners, age group award winners, and run club championships winners – this is your moment of glory up on the big stage! Don’t miss your chance in the spotlight!

11:00am
MOtion Celebration Begins!
Full Marathon Awards Ceremony – Live on Stage!

First the run, then the party! Grab a shower and then come back to celebrate your accomplishment. We’ll have local food, drinks, music and all kinds of running-related fun. And don’t forget to bring your medal as proof of your hard work!

3:30pm
1-Mile Family Fun Run

Bring the younger (or young at heart!) runners to enjoy the day’s festivities with our 1-Mile Fun Run. Finish the run, then stay for the party!

4:00pm
5K Run

Come for the run, stick around for the party! Or come for the party, and run a 5K first. Up for the ultimate challenge? Come *back* for the 5K after running a distance race in the morning! And Run Club Champs competitors? This is your last chance to earn points for your team!!

6:00pm
We hope you enjoyed our inaugural Greater St. Louis Marathon!

Get some sleep!

As a proud sponsor of the St. Louis Marathon, Drury Hotels is pleased to offer special rates for participants! With options just steps from the finish line or across the St. Louis region, choose from 20 hotels with promo code GOSTL for stays from April 25 – 29, 2024.

Their crisp sheets and cozy surroundings ensure a great night’s sleep before race day. Fuel up for the big day with free hot breakfast, then unwind at 5:30 Kickback® with free dinnertime snacks and drinks.

Reserve Your Room Today!

Official Hotel Sponsor

Are you worried about maintaining the right speed to achieve your desired finish time? Anxious about running a smart race? If yes, then you can run alongside our GO! St. Louis Pace Team!

All Marathon and Half Marathon participants will be able to run with our pace team for free during the race. Just look for the runners in neon yellow Beast Pacing Shirts with the designated pace signs in each corral on race morning. The GO! St. Louis Pace Teams promise to provide support and excitement for both the first time participant and for the experienced endurance athlete.

Experienced pacers from Beast Pacing offer a wide variety of times including many of the Boston qualifying standards.

Marathon Pace Groups
3:15, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30

Half Marathon Pace Groups
1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00, 3:15

Level up your race day experience!

The Greater St. Louis VIP Package enhances your race day with prime parking, VIP only bathrooms, and a generous post-race breakfast. Additionally, it includes various VIP amenities listed below. For your supporters, the VIP Spectator Experience provides them with prime parking, breakfast, and coffee, along with access to comfortable indoor bathrooms, making their wait as enjoyable as your race.

Participant VIP Package
($100 per participant) 

  • Premium GO! St. Louis swag
  • VIP Packet Pick Up at the Expo (no lines!)
  • Reserved parking on event day
  • Pre-race: coffee and light snacks, VIP only gear check, VIP only restrooms
  • Post-race: Full breakfast and beverages, stretching / post-race massage area, VIP only bathrooms and changing area

Spectator VIP Package:
($50 per spectator)

  • Reserved parking on event day
  • Full breakfast and beverages
  • VIP bathrooms
  • Charging stations for phones

Already registered?
Add the VIP Experience to your registration by following these instructructions.

Our Elite Athlete Program provides an enhanced experience for elite runners in both the Marathon and Half Marathon.

Qualifying Standards
For those athletes that qualify with Group A, an upgraded experience can be provided as outlined below. Athletes who qualify for Group B, athletes will receive placement in the elite corral. Please see benefits and standards below.

Elite Athlete Benefits – Group A

  • Complimentary entry into the GO! St. Louis Marathon / Half Marathon
  • VIP Packet Pickup
  • Special “Elite Athlete” bib number
  • Access to the Elite Athlete corral
  • Access to the pre-race VIP tent on race morning which includes light breakfast snacks and beverages, VIP only gear check and VIP restrooms
  • Access to the post-race VIP area at the Finish Line which includes a full breakfast, beverages, gear check and stretching/massage

Elite Athlete Benefits – Group B

  • Access to the elite athlete corral ahead of the general field of runners.

Apply to the Elite Athlete Program
To apply for the Elite Athlete Program or Seeded Athlete Corral, application must be submitted by March 15, 2024.

Apply Here

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Introducing MOtion: The Greater St. Louis Marathon Afterparty! 

The MOtion afterparty will take place near the Marathon’s race site on 15th Street and Chestnut St., where local artists’ performances will be complemented by St. Louis’ favorite food and beverage vendors. 

Here’s what to expect at this year’s inaugural afterparty: 

  • 10:30am Live presentation of Age Group Awards 
  • 11:00am Afterparty officially begins! Enjoy beer and canned spirits from Schlafly, award-winning BBQ and other local favorites from Sugarfire, and live music and great vibes designed to keep the celebration going all day long from the one and only Mvstermind!
  • 3:30pm 1-Mile Family Fun Run: this is a day for the whole family! Bring the kids and enjoy a run through the city and some great treats afterwards! 
  • 4:00pm 5K Run: This race through the heart of downtown St. Louis starts at 4 p.m. and finishes when the Greater St. Louis Marathon Afterparty will be in full swing! (Register for the 5K here!)
  • 6:00pm Party concludes. Congratulations on a GREAT marathon day, St. Louis! 

Read more about our awesome musical curator, Mvstermind, and his lineup below:

Mvstermind’s lineup will feature an eclectic mix of genres and performances, including:

  • Mvstermind – rap artist / producer that fuses elements of soul, electronica, trap and more
  • WhitworthIndie pop project
  • StarwolfOffering a vapor-pop danceathon experience
  • James LíônArtist/producer/songwriter/engineer known for motivational storytelling; Mvstercamp alumnus
  • Che SanchezAlternative Hip-Hop and R&B Artist; Mvstercamp alumnus
  • Stazi – A girl’s girl party DJ and certified marathon runner 

“I see this as an opportunity to elevate St. Louis, not only as a premiere running and race destination, but also as a place that inspires the best music,” said Mvstermind. “I’m honored to be the inaugural Pacesetter for the afterparty and look forward to keeping the St. Louis beat bumping the entire day.” – Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin

Featuring

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For the latest street closures for the Greater St. Louis Marathon, please visit this page.

For race day parking information for the Greater St. Louis Marathon, please visit this page.

GO! St. Louis is proud to announce Dr. Jamil Neme as the SSM Health Medical Director for the 2024 GO St. Louis Marathon.

Dr. Jamil Neme is a primary care sports medicine physician with expertise in non-surgical sports injuries and overuse injuries in people of all ages. In addition to preventive care and sports physicals for students, \ He treats osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, sports-related concussion, and chronic illnesses in athletes. Dr. Neme advises patients on nutrition, supplements, performance issues, safe strength training and conditioning, and sports psychology.

In his practice, Dr. Neme offers the latest sports medicine treatments, including ultrasound-guided joint injections for knees, shoulders, ankles, wrists, hands, feet, and the SI joint.

Dr. Neme is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Neme enjoys cooking, playing basketball, and spending time outdoors.

Sponsors

FAQs

What is the date of the event and what race distances are offered?

The Greater St. Louis Marathon is scheduled for April 27, 2024.

Greater St. Louis Marathon Expo & Runner Packet Pickup – Thursday, April 25 – 3:00pm-7:00pm and Friday, April 26 – 11:00am – 8:00pm

10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run – April 27, 2024

How can I register?

General registration is available online only. REGISTER HERE

What is the cost of the race?

Entry fees vary depending on the race and the time of year you plan to register. Once registration opens, it will continue until a race sells out or closes.

What is the age limit for each distance?
  • Marathon – 18 years of age on race day
  • Half Marathon and Marathon Relay – 14 years of age on race day
  • 10K – 12 years of age on race day
  • 5K – 6 years of age on race day
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, staffing 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 keeping kids active.

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?

No, transfers are not permitted under 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 defer my entry to another date?

Half and Full Marathon Participants Only

Yes. If for a medical reason you are unable to participate in the Half Marathon or Marathon on April 27 2024, you have the option of deferring your entry to either the 2024 Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Half Marathon or the Half or Full Marathon during the 2025 Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend with a note from a medical professional. This deferral is valid for 50% of the entry fee. The deferral is neither transferable to another person or another race and is non refundable. The deferral is only valid for one calendar year.

To defer you must email the GO! St. Louis office (info@gostlouis.org) by April 23, 2024. No deferrals will be processed after this date for any reason.

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 be strictly enforced. Course monitors are trained to spot participants who are not displaying a race bib, and they 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 (a.k.a. packet or goody bag) that includes their official race number, race information, and promotional product samples. Your race bag must be picked at the Greater St. Louis Marathon Expo & Runner Packet Pickup. There is NO race day packet pickup for the marathon, half marathon, 10K, or relay on Saturday, April 27. Packet Pickup will be held at:

Location:
St. Louis Union Station – Midway East
1820 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

Expo Hours:
Thursday, April 25 – 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday, April 26 – 11:00am – 8:00pm

What do I need to bring to pick up my race bag?

As a registered participant you will receive a final race confirmation sent via email a few days prior to race day. 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 requires large amounts of event shirts (10,000+), 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 affects a small number 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 own 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.  A limit of ONE additional bag 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 or want to confirm my race entry?

If you did not get your confirmation email and would like to confirm that you are registered for the race, please email info@gostlouis.org.

Can I transfer to another distance before race day?

Yes, you can transfer to any other distance offered during race weekend. 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. Please follow these instructions to switch your race distance:

Create a RunSignup account if you don’t already have one by going to www.runsignup.com

  1. Click on the person outline in the top right hand corner of the screen.
  2. Click on Create an Account or Sign In (if you already have an account):
  3. Then, click on PROFILE – this will take you to the page where your race is listed.
  4. Click on Manage Registration.
  5. Click on Transfer Event.
  6. Click on Start Transfer and choose the event you wish to transfer to and continue through registration until complete. You will be charged the difference between the event you registered for and the new event.

If you have any issues during the transfer process, please email us at info@gostlouis.org.

All distance changes can be completed online before April 23. After April 23, all event changes must be done at the Gateway Outdoor Expo Event Change booth.

Do you offer a military entry fee discount?

We do offer a 15% entry fee discount for all active duty, veterans, guard members and reserve members, however this does not include family members or military spouses. To receive the military discount code, please email us at info@gostlouis.org. Participants utilizing the military discount will be required to provide a military ID or papers during the packet pickup process. This discount is only valid on new registrations and cannot be applied to a previous registration.

What is the weather like on race day?

Anyone who is a resident of the St. Louis region knows how unpredictable the weather can be on race day. The average start temp in April is in the low to mid 50’s, with afternoon highs in the mid to upper 70’s.

What is a corral/wave start?

We assign participants a corral (A, B, C, D, E, etc.) based on their predicted finish time. 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 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.

Do you have any course time limit rules?

The marathon course route re-opens to traffic at a rolling schedule according to a 6.5-hour marathon pace or (approximately 15:00 minutes per mile). Marathoners and Half Marathoners must maintain a 15:00 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 (15:00 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 15:00 min/mile must get into the sag vehicle 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 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 15:00 minute per mile pace. Anyone who falls behind the pace must get in the sag vehicle 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.

How do you capture my finish time?

Your official race bib has a timing strip on the back, so do not remove this strip. 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.

Do you allow participants to walk in the races?

Absolutely, we love walkers, but we ask that you agree to the time limit rules (15:00 per mile pace).

Do you allow participants to use 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 one headphone out of your ear so that you can hear any on-course instruction from race officials.

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 reasons 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 competitive wheelchairs in the marathon and half 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 race a few minutes prior to the elite division start. Please email info@gostlouis.org if you are interested in participating as a wheelchair participant.

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 send us an email at info@gostlouis.org, 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, however, allow baby joggers or strollers in the 5K or 10K race. Participants are asked to start at the back of the start line area.

Do you offer Gear Check?

 

Yes, Gear Check is offered for the Marathon, Full Marathon, Marathon Relay, and 10K ONLY beginning at 5:30 AM on race day. Participants MUST re-use the “Clear” plastic bag they received at the Expo. Simply tear off the Gear Check tag from your race bib and affix it with the small zip tie (these are provided at the gear check tent). Your official race bib number is also your gear check number. We discourage you from placing valuables in the gear check bags. For security reasons we will not accept backpacks, luggage or any large bags. All personal items must be placed in a clear bag, where contents are visible. No exceptions.

 

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