St. Louis Marathon & Half Marathon
St. Louis, MO USA
Sunday April 6, 2014

The GO! St. Louis Marathon Information

The GO! St. Louis Marathon is held each year in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. This race was created by GO! St. Louis, a non-profit organization that sponsors fitness events to encourage folks to get fit and healthy. The Marathon welcomes individuals and families of all ages and fitness levels. Thousands from the Midwest area and beyond make their way to participate each year.

The GO! St. Louis Marathon begins with the GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend; a series of events for families and individuals to have fun while getting fit.

The Marathon begins in historic downtown St. Louis. Runners get a first-hand view of famous St. Louis area landmarks as they make their way around the course. Some highlights include the Gateway Arch, Union Station, Washington University and the Anheuser-Busch brewery.

The Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend is filled with a few other events held over the weekend to fit your fitness level. The Half-Marathon, is the most popular race during this weekend event. This event includes walkers as well as runners, and begins at the same time and uses the same course as the marathon event, changing course at the 9-mile mark.

Get your team of four together to participate in the Marathon Relay. Participants can choose to run or walk the 26.2 mile relay course. Team members join each other at the end of the course to cross the finish line together. This is a great race for families, friends and those eager to get started in completing a marathon.

All levels of fitness and various ages come out to participate in the 5K Run/Walk. This even is great for beginners or those that are just looking to participate in a marathon event while getting fit. Medals are awarded to all participants of this event, and will receive an event t-shirt. Parents with babies in tow can begin the race with their strollers behind the other walkers and runners.

Even more runs fill up this weekend event, welcoming participants of all ages and abilities, including the Read, Right and Run Marathon, which promotes reading, performing good deeds in the community and running over a six-month span. The Children's Fun Runs are open to children ages 2 to 10 years old. The Nature Mile is an event that is geared towards seniors ages 60 and above.

Don't want to race? There are still plenty of ways to participate and support friends and family that take part in the marathon. Join the volunteers and fans that line the streets along 26.2 miles to support and cheer on race participants. Family and friends can sign up for free alerts via text, emails, Twitter and Facebook to track a runner's progress during the race.

Vendors are set up during the Health and Fitness Expo, which stays open all weekend long.

The Marathon events include water and Gatorade stations at the start and finish line, as well as along the route of the marathon. This race counts as a Boston Marathon qualifier. All courses are USATF (United States of America Track and Field) certified. There will be over $20,000 awarded in prize money for all age group winners. All participants in the Marathon, Half-marathon and Relay will receive a Brooks technical shirt, a mylar blanket, energy gels, entertainment along the course, access to medical stations, a gear check, massage therapy and a certificate available to print after the race. Participants in the 5K, Children's Run and Nature Mile will receive a finisher's medal, t-shirt and complimentary refreshments and entertainment.