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GO! St. Louis Marathon

St. Louis, MO

Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, April 9, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.99
Course Score: 97.99

Race Size

2017: 1,183 Finishers
2016: 1,338 Finishers
2015: 1,376 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 7.2%
2016: 9%
2015: 7.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New Course for 2017**

Marathon Rankings

The GO! St. Louis Marathon was the 67th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 68th largest in 2015.

This year 7.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the GO! St. Louis Marathon the 244th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 69th highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 97.99 ranks it as the 297th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 5th fastest course in Missouri.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the GO! St. Louis Marathon a PR Score of 97.99. This PR Score ranks it as the 256th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Missouri.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 552 feet (168m)
Min Elevation: 411 feet (125m)


Ratings & Reviews for the GO! St. Louis Marathon

3.8 Stars from 6 Reviews

review of 2017 GO! St. Louis Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


New course for 2017 as start and finish were at revitalized Gateway Arch grounds on the riverfront. Runners go over Martin Luther King Bridge into East St. Louis then over the Eads Bridge back into downtown St. Louis for the first couple of miles. Pass Busch Stadium at mile 5, Anheuser-Busch Brewery at mile 7, Tower Grove Park miles 13-14, Missouri Botanical Gardens at mile 15, Forest Park miles 17-20 and then through downtown back to the riverfront for the finish. Crowd support was pretty thin throughout the entire race but those who came out cheered loud.

Pros: Race started at 7am which was nice because St. Louis weather can be very unpredictable this time of year. Full marathoners only had to run 3 miles in Forest Park compared to 6 miles in year's past. Volunteer support was second to none as they had plenty of people handing out water, gels, etc at the aid stations and were very encouraging along the way. Very nice finisher medal and long sleeve quarter zip shirts for marathon and half marathon. Post-race race food was good with Ted Drewes ice cream sandwiches, Pasta House toasted ravioli and Crown Candy chocolate. Parking is limited around Laclede's Landing and Arch grounds so the GO! race organizers offered a shuttle service from Union Station close to the start for $5 which was very convenient.

Cons: Still a pretty hilly course overall. Only had about 20 porta potty's for 16,000 runners so this needs major improvement for 2018. This race is still very much catered toward half marathoners as 4,500+ finished compared to 1,100+ in the full marathon. In my opinion there were not enough pace groups for the full. They had advertised a 3:15 pace group a week before the race but later removed. This meant that the fastest pace group was 3:30 which for a marathon is on the slower end. Most bigger city marathons have a 3:00 or 3:05 pace group because of Boston Marathon qualifying standards. Race organizers must not think there are enough serious marathoners who sign up based on the course profile.

I signed up for this race since I am from St. Louis and wanted to cross Missouri off my marathon state list. Overall a good experience for my first GO! St. Louis Marathon but improvements definitely need to be made to draw more marathoners to this race in the future.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2017 GO! St. Louis Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great Wave Start. Awesome starting and finishing location by the arch. Enjoyed running across the MLK and Eads bridge. Forest Park was also quite nice. All of the aid stations were well stocked. I did not like the gels they provided and wish they would have considered offering pieces of banana or some other fruit as an alternative. Still a great race. I have run 8 eight marathons between Sept. 2016 and mid-April 2017. This one ranks 3/8 with Big Cottonwood and the RnR New Orleans ranking higher.

Race Tips

The marathon relay, half marathon and 7k all start at the same time. The beginning of the race is a little crowded at first as a result but, thins out as you progress.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

They indicated that parking would be limited near the start line and pushed shuttling or the lightrail. In a pinch it is no problem to park near the start line. I parked at 6th and Washington in a garage that was $5. the same amount that I would have paid for the shuttle service to Union Station.

review of 2017 GO! St. Louis Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Well staffed and friendly volunteers but some of the largest hills I've ever experienced on a marathon course. (Over 700ft change in elevation)

Race Tips

Very large hills.

First 5 mile markers where in the wrong spot (but they said they will fix it for next year).

Take the 5 dollar bus they offer to take you to the start line, it was great and there was a bus at the stop every 5 minutes

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There was a Hard Rock Cafe that allowed to order food to go which was nice.

Take the train (Amtrack) if you can, the station was so close to hotels and downtown, then just uber

review of 2016 GO! St. Louis Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Rolling hills makes it a challenging race. There are a lot of flat races out there and this is not one of them, but the hill grades are not terrible either. Several long moderate incline hills (~3% grade). The support is pretty good, trip through forest park gives you lots to look at. There are several turn around points, which I didn't care for.

Race Tips

There are not many flat spots, you are either going up or down between 1-3% most of the course. Most of the race is on roads, plenty of width. There are four different races going on at the same time - a 7k, half, relay and full. Helps the spectator base but also makes pacing a little more challenging because people are moving at different paces throughout the race.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay downtown if possible. The parking is not terrible, but there are several hotels close by and they are very accommodating to the runners. Drury Inn offered early breakfast and late check outs for example.

review of 2016 GO! St. Louis Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The race is well supported. The half-marathon is much larger than the full-probably 4x as many runners. The first half is completely with the half marathon, so it really thins out for the marathon. The support on the course is excellent, there are plenty of well staffed aid stations and 3 gel tables.

Race Tips

The course is not flat. It is almost always rolling, and there are some significant hills that were quite tough in the second half. Mile 24 to 25.5 are basically a long moderate climb which at that point in the race can slow your pace significantly and is psychologically difficult. After that it is down hill to right before the finish.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There is plenty of parking near the start. I parked at Union Station about half a mile from the start. Paid in advance on the web-$5.50.

review of 2013 GO! St. Louis Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


It was a nice sized race, not too big. The first half was the most enjoyable and challenging. After you split from the half marathoners there aren't many spectators or sights. Good post race.

Race Tips

No shade outside a few miles between 14 and 21. The first half hills are the toughest. After mile 16 it is pretty easy.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

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