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Overall Rating (18 Reviews)
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(18 Ratings)(18 Reviews)
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This spring, GO! St. Louis is proud to stage the return of St. Louis’ favorite running tradition: the GO! St. Louis Marathon Weekend events. While this return to racing still won’t quite have the same feel as in years’ past, runners can still expect the same quality, safety, and top-of-the-line … MORE
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    50StateRunner50 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The course was a flat, paved, point to point run along a greenway on the Mississippi. Parts of the greenway were enjoyable, although we did cross through a few industrial … MORE

    The course was a flat, paved, point to point run along a greenway on the Mississippi. Parts of the greenway were enjoyable, although we did cross through a few industrial sites. The last 3 miles were excellent. We ran under the St. Louis Arch twice along the river before finishing downtown.

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    runningservant FIRST-TIMER '21

    What a beautiful morning, what a beautiful day, I have a beautiful feeling everything's blowing away – literally. You couldn't have asked for a more perfect union to begin the … MORE

    What a beautiful morning, what a beautiful day, I have a beautiful feeling everything’s blowing away – literally. You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect union to begin the race. With a new marathon course, new drop-off location for the half and having had an excellent 5K day before the main events, it was a dead ringer that many PRs and course records would be set. That was until the Great Mighty Mississippi River reminded everyone – and everything – just why it is called the Great and Mighty.

    Had the first 5K been an indication of things to come, I would have set my own personal goal of 5:05:50 for my 50th Birthday Year Celebration Running of Marathons time goal, instead, it was an indictment against thinking that you can do anything but show up prepared as possible to run in whatever conditions possible.

    Miles 3.2 upto 8 would take the wind out of not only me, but even the elite runners on the course who would later go one to tell how their hopes were just to finish after making it just under a third into the marathon. Some like myself, pushed towards the turnaround while witnessing the elite runners being pushed by the wind. At one point, my 6′ 2″ 290 pound body was twice nearly knocked over by the 40 mph plus wind gusts. A fellow runner who past me up heading back to mile 8 laughed in awe that the wind nearly knocked me off of my feet. And as I was heading back to mile 8, the wind gust picked up and knocked over a Port-a-potty. Exhausted, I excited the trail head to climb the bridges back over to Missouri from Illinois. Little did I know that I’d find myself experiencing one of the worst episodes of PTSD that I had experienced in a little while.

    I started up the bridge headed back 3 miles to the start area where we began having difficulty focusing. By the time I had reached the aid station just prior to crossing the Route 66 Bridge, I was an emotional wreck. The lady over the aid station convinced me to rest a moment and proceeded to call for someone to pick me up. However, I was determined to get to the otherwise. I knew if I could just make it to the other side, back to Missouri, that I’d finish with the wind at my back helping me. Besides, I had told myself that I needed to complete no less than 13.1 miles because my heart l great niece Gabby and another runner’s son Aiden didn’t have the choice to give up due to their pain. After gathering myself, I told the lady that I needed to at least get back across the bridge to the start. She arranged for the medics to pick me up at the start.

    As I continued across Route 66, I only grew worse. My anxiety, depression and crying spells were back and in full force. I was angry, hurt, mad, disappointed, felt like a failure and many other emotions were going through my mind and body. Sometime thereafter, a medic biker rode up asking me was I okay. I quickly replied no emphatically. I knew I was far from okay. I was in a vulnerable place. I had been thrown out of a plane workout a parachute. I needed help and probably for the first time during my race wasn’t afraid to let someone know.

    The biker guy stayed with me for the next mile or so. He helped by asking important questions then listening. He let me cry but kept me focused. He encouraged me to get where I could get help and decide realistically whether to continue or not. I shared why I was running, why I wanted to get to the half way point and my hopes of just needing to complete an entire marathon one day in 5:05:50. He then handed me off to another biker, a lady who I recognized from Facebook with Black Girls Run.

    I continued with her expressing why I needed to get to the half mark while she continued to ask if I wanted to stop. She warned me of a steep hill and was concerned if I’d make it. To tell the truth, I was concerned if I’d make it. But I continued to cross the street where the police officer who was driving a medics transport vehicle inquired if I wanted to get in. I told him that I needed to get to the halfway mark, to which he replied that he’d wait for me there. So up the steep hill I went, stopping at some point lessthan halfway up and continuing to get to the timing mat.

    As I approached the sign informing us that the mat was near, I found new energy from the sun shining — just enough energy to run through the timing mat. If only I wasn’t an emotional wreck, I would have pressed on to cross the finish line. But the pain caused from the work I had to wrought from running against and from the Great ighty Mississippi River was way too much for me to bear. I called it quits, knowing that I’d live to run another day.

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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '21

    Overall Rating: Good. No issues, started on time. Course was crazy windy. Course Difficulty: This course was really flat and fast. A few rollers here and there, but overall easy. … MORE

    Overall Rating: Good. No issues, started on time. Course was crazy windy.

    Course Difficulty: This course was really flat and fast. A few rollers here and there, but overall easy. The downside is probably that you are completely exposed to the elements, so anything other than perfect conditions would affect you.

    Course Scenery: The first 2 miles are pretty cool as you are going over old bridges on Rt 66, the next 8ish mile are on a levee (pretty boring), back over the bridges, 10 more pretty boring miles, and then it gets interesting running in front of the arch and some historic riverfront and old town.

    Race Production: Really good. The only issue I had was coming into town as on Sat, and no available packet pickup that afternoon/evening. I was planning to be dropped off at the start, but the race was 100% in on packet pickup at the finish and take the shuttle bus. Ended up having my son pick up the packet earlier in the week (which he had no issues with). Not a big deal, but definitely needs to be planned for.

    Race Swag: Good medal, nice long sleeve shirt, and commemorative mug.

    My Performance: Good, probably would have gotten a PR, just ran out of steam after fighting the wind.

    This was a good race that was pretty close to home. I generally don’t do city races, and didn’t love fighting the post race (Cardinal’s game) traffic when it was over, but I was super thrilled to get back into an actual in person race.

    If you’re looking for a race that is fast and well run in the StL area, this will do.

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    I liked the race but the course was fairly urban/industrial. Aid stations and amenities were spot on and traffic management superb. You run to and from the arch, through some … MORE

    I liked the race but the course was fairly urban/industrial. Aid stations and amenities were spot on and traffic management superb. You run to and from the arch, through some ghetto’s and wealthy neighborhoods, so you get to see St. Louis, which was why i went. I did not stay downtown near the start as i signed up too late, I was dropped off, which worked great as parking and traffic were quite hectic. It was 35 degrees full moon and a race to remember.

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    cdefonso FIRST-TIMER '19

    Due to flooding along the river, the course organizers had to change the finish line from the Gateway Arch park to the Soldier's Memorial park. They had shuttles from downtown … MORE

    Due to flooding along the river, the course organizers had to change the finish line from the Gateway Arch park to the Soldier’s Memorial park. They had shuttles from downtown to the starting line in Forest Park. Running through Forest Park for the first 5 miles was really beautiful. It’s very scenic running past the art museum and running through Washington University campus. Miles 7-10 weren’t nearly as scenic, and I’m not a fan of running the same roads out and back, but I think the race organizers had to do what they could. The last mile was pretty much all downhill. Medal for the half marathon was pretty nice and ICE CREAM SANDWICHES at the finish! It was perfect for the warm sunny morning. The race swag was great – long sleeve technical shirt for the half. And a nice cotton shirt for the 5K. I did the Go! Short, Go! Long challenge and did both the 5K and the half and got an extra medal as well as a light cotton half zip shirt. Excellent production! Would highly recommend.

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    jwilliams297 FIRST-TIMER '19

    -Well organized -Personalized bibs made the experience more personal - very cool! -Hilly course - tough second half of the race -Great option for Missouri, fun city! -Nice long sleeve … MORE

    -Well organized
    -Personalized bibs made the experience more personal – very cool!
    -Hilly course – tough second half of the race
    -Great option for Missouri, fun city!
    -Nice long sleeve tech shirt and medal

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    jstu417 FIRST-TIMER '19

    ********Mid west people are so nice! Course was great, a few hills, temps were good, almost too warm, beautiful scenery. I’d recommend!!!!!!!!************ MORE

    ********Mid west people are so nice! Course was great, a few hills, temps were good, almost too warm, beautiful scenery. I’d recommend!!!!!!!!************

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    jscoope213 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I went into the Go! St. Louis Half not expecting much- due to personal conflicts, I wasn't able to train as much as I would have liked, it was below … MORE

    I went into the Go! St. Louis Half not expecting much- due to personal conflicts, I wasn’t able to train as much as I would have liked, it was below freezing at the start, and I had heard rumors of a tough, hilly course. The rumors were right- the course wound its way over 3 bridges through East St. Louis during the first 5K alone, followed by umpteen overpasses through downtown, and an enormous hill at about mile 7.5 as we ran through the Anheuser Busch campus. However, the crowds and aid support were amazing throughout, and I had a fantastic run! The best part was that the last 2 miles or so were generally downhill, which made for an easier finish. My only gripe with the end of this fantastic race is that the race is set up so you run back through the huge starting arch- I saw it in the distance, and thought it was the finish as well, so I turned on my speed slightly too early (there was at least another half mile after you ran through that). Overall, a great race!!!

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 26, 2018 at 1:01am

    Doh! I've done the very same thing with a phantom finish arch, just brutal. And at Run Crazy Horse we could actually see the finish arch about 50 yards ahead,… MORE

    Doh! I've done the very same thing with a phantom finish arch, just brutal. And at Run Crazy Horse we could actually see the finish arch about 50 yards ahead, only to be diverted down an alley and past the arch before doubling back to it. Double brutal. Despite the hills and the cold and being undertrained, though, you still ran a really nice race — here's to a positive mindset! :) Congrats Jennifer, and thanks for the helpful review! LESS

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    runnercupcake FIRST-TIMER '18

    Awesome! Great area for 5K. It was a cold April morning. Besides the weather it was a fantastic race with good snacks at the end. It was the start of … MORE

    Awesome! Great area for 5K. It was a cold April morning. Besides the weather it was a fantastic race with good snacks at the end. It was the start of the Go short, go long Challenge (5K + half marathon or marathon in the same weekend)

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    runnercupcake FIRST-TIMER '18

    Overall great race from start to finish. I’ve completed a few races around St. Louis and this was the best as far as where it started & ended. Enjoyed going … MORE

    Overall great race from start to finish. I’ve completed a few races around St. Louis and this was the best as far as where it started & ended. Enjoyed going over 2 bridges taking you into Illinois and back and going through St. Louis. The rolling incline on the course was challenging. Definitely not a super flat course but I was still able to make a new PR! The medals are great! I collected 4 total from the weekend. I ran the 5K on Saturday for the GO! Short, GO! Long Challenge and this half marathon is the start of the Run Across Missouri Series and received the first out of series of 3 medals. Which once I complete the entire series, the medals put together will make a state map of Missouri. Pretty neat! The only drawback was I wish the gear check was closer to the finish line. Walking another 2 blocks past the post race party area was a little inconvenient. It would’ve been nice to have a tent set up for gear check in that area. Overall great race!

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    rbfrmrville FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my very first half marathon. I did very little training but it was great to start in St. Louis go across the bridge into Illinois. Also, we ran … MORE

    This was my very first half marathon. I did very little training but it was great to start in St. Louis go across the bridge into Illinois. Also, we ran through Budweiser Brewery.

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    nwhelan87 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my first time running this race and looking at previous years maps this years new start/finish line was much better. Overall I liked the 1/2 course which was … MORE

    This was my first time running this race and looking at previous years maps this years new start/finish line was much better. Overall I liked the 1/2 course which was much hillier than I expected. Running over 2 bridges was a cool experience but time seemed to drag on when you were running between the two bridges on the Illinois side. As some previous reviews said there was a spot where it smelled like sewer but I only noticed it when going through one underpass and it was only a minute or two before I got past it so it really wasn’t that big of a deal to me. I thought the crowd support for the 1/2 was decent even though there were a few stretches where there was nobody in sight. This was probably the easiest I’ve ever had it as far as getting to the start line. I rode the MetroLink to the Lacledes Landing stop and the starting area was directly across the street which was great. After the race it was a long haul back to the post race area. The Arch grounds were under construction and there was a lot of orange fencing up so I’m hoping that once everything is complete they will move the after party closer to the finish line for next years race. Overall I enjoyed the half and plan on running the full marathon sometime in the next few years.

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '17

    I had heard that the course was hilly - which it was - but it wasn't as bad as I expected. You get the bridges out of the way at … MORE

    I had heard that the course was hilly – which it was – but it wasn’t as bad as I expected. You get the bridges out of the way at the start. This was a new course this year. They need to work out some kinks.

    The start was a bit of a mess. It was difficult to get to the corrals. And then after crossing the finish line, you had to walk about a half mile to the finisher’s celebration area (which was annoying). And by the time I got there, everything was taken down. Also, the photographers at the finish line were distracted (texting) and weren’t taking photos. Yes, I was cranky (and probably hangry) at the finish.

    There were some nice scenery – parks, river – but lots of not great scenery, too. And, I was surprised by the lack of spectators.

    The volunteers were nice. If you ran the challenge (Saturday’s 5k and Sunday’s marathon) you got an extra medal plus a sweatshirt. I enjoyed St. Louis and was glad to see the Arch in person. I just was sort of disappointed in the race itself. I expected more.

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 12, 2017 at 9:19pm

    Yikes, glad you checked Missouri off your list Drew, though sorry to hear you didn't have the most memorable experience in doing it. Isn't one of the 10 Race Director… MORE

    Yikes, glad you checked Missouri off your list Drew, though sorry to hear you didn't have the most memorable experience in doing it. Isn't one of the 10 Race Director Commandments "Thou shalt not tear down anything before the last runner finishes"? Certainly doesn't sound like the most customer-friendly experience, and I'll definitely keep that in mind when choosing a MO marathon. But congrats on notching state #37, and thanks for another great review! LESS

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '17

    Many (30-40%) of the participants walked the whole event. So, if you are going to run (or run/walk), I suggest starting further up than you normally line up. This was … MORE

    Many (30-40%) of the participants walked the whole event. So, if you are going to run (or run/walk), I suggest starting further up than you normally line up.

    This was a nice way to shake out the legs before the big race. Also, it was a chance to earn 2 more medals for the weekend (the 5k medal and the Challenge medal for completing events on Saturday and Sunday).

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    olsonm73 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Love this race - Great course that has you running all around St Louis and through a tough but enjoyable pass through Enchanted forest called Forest Park. The Bridges (yes … MORE

    Love this race – Great course that has you running all around St Louis and through a tough but enjoyable pass through Enchanted forest called Forest Park. The Bridges (yes 2 big ones) serve as your hills and the course was Awesomely supported. I Love this race and am a repeat runner from last year because of how well put together this event is.

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    sinderella2168 FIRST-TIMER '16

    The expo and medal were great but that's all. Course was full of pot holes and uneven roads. Course ran through the ghetto that smelled of feces. Water stops were … MORE

    The expo and medal were great but that’s all. Course was full of pot holes and uneven roads. Course ran through the ghetto that smelled of feces. Water stops were too far apart and first water station didn’t have enough water for runners creating a huge traffic jam. At the finish they ran out of Mylar blankets, giving them to all the half marathon runners and forgetting about the marathoners. Glad it’s done. Won’t be returning.

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    olsonm73 FIRST-TIMER '15

    Race was well supported but as you went through Forest Park, you were one your own to hydrate. It was well advertised and marked on the course map, but for … MORE

    Race was well supported but as you went through Forest Park, you were one your own to hydrate. It was well advertised and marked on the course map, but for people who don’t pay attention, it may have come as a surprise. The course was fairly flat. The 2 bridges (IADs and MLK) served as the course hills and were bunched up in the beginning. Mile 10 offered horrible tasting chocolate cookies – Yuck.
    – Great race/solid event and I recommend it to others and will run it again in 2016.

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '14

    The first 2 miles of this race are a sight for sore eyes, but immediately after that, it only gets nicer. It runs through downtown St. Louis, then the Anheuser-Busch … MORE

    The first 2 miles of this race are a sight for sore eyes, but immediately after that, it only gets nicer. It runs through downtown St. Louis, then the Anheuser-Busch brewery, back downtown, through Forest Park, Washington University in St. Louis and Delmar Boulevard. The course is almost constantly a false flat, so be sure to get some hill training. The t-shirts and medals are almost always consistently of top-quality, and the early April date means it shouldn’t be too warm. There’s also a separate competition for who can run “Holy Hill” the fastest, which even includes separate timing mats.

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