Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
3.9
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.2
SCENERY
3.2
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
4.1
The MO’ Cowbell race course highlights the area with a trip through the heart of New Town just past halfway before heading back toward the finish in Frontier Park between Historic Main Street and the Missouri River. The route is flat for nearly ten miles before a two mile hilly … MORE
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    swiowafan FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was first and maybe only full marathon. Lots of entertainment and crowd support the first half of the race. The crowd support and entertainment were lacking on the marathon … MORE

    This was first and maybe only full marathon. Lots of entertainment and crowd support the first half of the race. The crowd support and entertainment were lacking on the marathon course. Marathon is small and had I not had friends surprise me and run with me. I would have ran a lot of it by myself. But not real difficult course at all.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    SDavis8655 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Great race, relatively new on the scene (this was their 6th year) but still really well ran. Course was great, flat and fast with only one large hill; primarily on … MORE

    Great race, relatively new on the scene (this was their 6th year) but still really well ran. Course was great, flat and fast with only one large hill; primarily on the scenic Katy Trail and winding through gorgeous downtown St Charles. I will be coming back for my 26.2 sticker in 2019!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    KSMDRT FIRST-TIMER '18

    Well organized at the start, easy parking, plenty of porta potties, lots of volunteers. The course had some very beautiful portions but overall thought it left a little to be … MORE

    Well organized at the start, easy parking, plenty of porta potties, lots of volunteers. The course had some very beautiful portions but overall thought it left a little to be desired. Awesome high quality jacket this year instead of a t shirt. Everyone was very friendly & helpful.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '18

    Ran this race for fun with a friend. I didn't hate it, but not sure if I would go back again. The course was nice. Through a nice (cookie-cutter) neighborhood … MORE

    Ran this race for fun with a friend. I didn’t hate it, but not sure if I would go back again. The course was nice. Through a nice (cookie-cutter) neighborhood and along the Katy trail (It would have been nicer to stay on the trail for the whole race honestly!)
    1 MAJOR Negative and a few smaller negatives:
    – Packet pickup ended at 2pm! And there was NO RACE DAY PICKUP! If you have to end PP early, that’s one thing, but you MUST offer it on race morning to compensate! This was completely inconvenient and definitely something they need to address! We emailed the RD begging to pick up later or on race day. We were able to make arrangements and I know we weren’t the only ones. As a Race Director myself, This is definitely something that needs to change to allow people flying in or driving to the race. 2pm and no race day pickup = bad first impression = bad review.

    -Plastic cups. (enough said). They had plastic cups for water (paper cups for Gatorade). At every water stop, we were kicking and tripping over plastic cups. Never a good idea.

    -When the half & full start together in a race with several thousand, having a more staggered start is wise. There were self-corral signs up which helped some, but the first 3 miles of the race were really crowded.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    Rhondalyn10 FIRST-TIMER '17

    What a great race! The race crew, the spectators, the course.....all in all a class act! Would run this one again any day. Flat and fast course - there is … MORE

    What a great race! The race crew, the spectators, the course…..all in all a class act! Would run this one again any day. Flat and fast course – there is one gradual hill but it really wasn’t that bad. Ample water stations.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    gogirl001us FIRST-TIMER '17

    Perfect weather. Great location. Flat course. What else could I have asked for? I enjoyed every moment of this race and I am ALREADY planning on a repeat visit next … MORE

    Perfect weather. Great location. Flat course. What else could I have asked for? I enjoyed every moment of this race and I am ALREADY planning on a repeat visit next year!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    4

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '17

    MO’ Cowbell was my 47th marathon state and came a week after a hot marathon in New Hampshire. It was also a redo for Missouri, when my earlier race this … MORE

    MO’ Cowbell was my 47th marathon state and came a week after a hot marathon in New Hampshire. It was also a redo for Missouri, when my earlier race this year was canceled due to lightning. Luckily for me, the weather was pretty nice in St. Charles! I’d guess that it could be a real problem if the heat and humidity stuck around but it was a cool 55 degrees in the morning, though it did heat up some by 10:30-11 in the sun. But hey, low humidity and some good shady parts helped!

    Here are the pros in my opinion:
    – Friendly race – great communication, great volunteers and PD support
    – Easy packet pickup (no day-of pickup)
    – Good quarter-zip top in lieu of a T-shirt
    – Fun Cowbell age group award
    – Country Inn and Suites is easy walking distance to start/finish plus the historic St Charles Main Street. Very cute and good restaurants nearby.
    – Well marked course and turns.
    – Good food and runners’ village at the finish area.
    – Lots of timing mats.

    So-so’s:
    – The course is okay; it runs through some neighborhoods, near highways, and on part of the Katy Trail. Many parts are shaded but there are some tough spots in the sun after the halfway point and out to about mile 20 it’s pretty desolate. Also, the half is running to the finish when the full keeps straight and parallels the finish. Kind of demoralizing, though when you are coming back in the last mile it’s nice to have people cheering. Also, only a couple of hills to worry about, otherwise flat!
    – I think there were 11 or 12 aid stations. I wish I had carried my own water for the second half but it worked out okay.

    Cons:
    – Expo is a good 20 minutes away from the course and my hotel. Not a big deal but not convenient.
    – I’d suggest more water stops in the second half.
    – Medal is cute but not awesome.
    – There’s a half marathon relay, never heard of that before, so once or twice you may get passed by some fresh legs!
    – Skip the app and just check the site for results.

    Overall, I enjoyed this marathon and I think it’s a good option for Missouri. You can luck out with the weather and it’s a nice area to stay in and run. It’s a friendly and well-organized race and they strive for it to be fun and festive, which I think they succeeded in doing. Be prepared for some empty areas in the back half and consider carrying your own water if the weather is looking warmer.

    And if you have a fever, make sure to get MORE COWBELL!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '16

    -Fairly crowded for the entirety of the course -This is just a personal thing, but I like to visit with people while I run (or at least say hi and … MORE

    -Fairly crowded for the entirety of the course
    -This is just a personal thing, but I like to visit with people while I run (or at least say hi and wish them well), and there were many miles of this race that were dead silent…creepily, eerily, hauntingly silent…just earbuds and footsteps…not sure what that was about, and I know it wasn’t planned, but out of 12 races in 2016, this is the only one that was this quiet. If you’re like me and enjoy conversing with other participants, this is a different culture of people, and it may be as confusing to you as it was to me.

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    4
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    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 23, 2017 at 7:28pm

    Hmm, sounds like a case of false advertising – given its name, I would've thought this would be one of the louder races out there. Maybe they should change the… MORE

    Hmm, sounds like a case of false advertising – given its name, I would've thought this would be one of the louder races out there. Maybe they should change the name to "(Needs) MO' Cowbell"? :) Appreciate your thoughts, Keith! LESS

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    leroilezard FIRST-TIMER '15

    Other than one modest hill around mile 10, this course is about as flat and fast as it gets around here. The race is very popular and it isn't hard … MORE

    Other than one modest hill around mile 10, this course is about as flat and fast as it gets around here. The race is very popular and it isn’t hard to see why, as it is perfect for those looking to set a new PR!

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    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    olsonm73 FIRST-TIMER '15

    Fairly easy/flat course. Very cold (50's) and windy today. I started out too fast and tried to slow it down half-way but the wheels began to fall off for me … MORE

    Fairly easy/flat course. Very cold (50’s) and windy today. I started out too fast and tried to slow it down half-way but the wheels began to fall off for me at mile 20. Decent route with an out and back on the last 10K which is very helpful. Good race support and scenic trails but the weather was a challenge.

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    1
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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