Overall Rating
Overall Rating (11 Reviews)
3.7
(11 Ratings)(11 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.7
SCENERY
3.6
PRODUCTION
3.5
SWAG
3.4
The GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend continues to be our signature event, attracting over 25,000 participants in 11 races. The Marathon Weekend features races for people of all ages and fitness abilities, and includes a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 7K, 5K run/walk, GO! St. Louis Read, … MORE
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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, 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!

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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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    5
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    5

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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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    4
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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 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!

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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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