Category Archives: Race Reviews

Review – Go St. Louis half marathon / marathon – St. Louis, MO


Date: April 15, 2012

Distance: 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles

Race Cost: $85

Race website:

Total Runners: Around 9,000 for the half marathon, 1,700 for the full marathon

Race Start Time: 7am

Course: Rolling Hills. Some hills are fairly long. The half marathon course takes you through the city of St. Louis, and the roads are all closed for the race. At approximately the 10 mile mark, the half marathoners and full marathoners split up. At that point, it’s a very lonely race for the full marathon runners.

Weather: Weather in April can be cold and rainy or hot and humid. Prepare for all scenarios.

Race Schwag: You get a long-sleeve t-shirt by registering and a very nice finisher’s medal awaits you.

Review – Ramble into Sprint 10 mile race – McKendree University, Lebanon, IL

McKendree University

Date: March 24, 2012

Distance: 10 miles, 10k, 5k

Race Cost: $13!

Race website

Total Runners: Around 500 total for all 3 distances

Race Start Time: 8am

Review – St. Patrick’s Day Race – St. Louis, MO

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Date: March 17, 2012

Distance: 5 miles

Race website

Race Mood: There are some very serious runners, but the vast majority of participants are there to have fun.  You will see runners pushing strollers and running with dogs.  You’ll also see groups of people pushing kegs in pull wagons while handing out free beer.  The mood is about having fun.

Total Runners: 13,000. If you want to race for time, then get there early and up front.  There’s waaay too many people that are doing this race for fun and have no interest in letting you through for a fast time.

Race Start Time: 9am (What’s not to like about that?)