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GO! St. Louis Marathon

St. Louis, MO

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, April 9, 2017
2016: Sunday, April 10, 2016

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

2016: 1,338 Finishers
2015: 1,376 Finishers
2014: 1,394 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
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.

Last year 9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the GO! St. Louis Marathon the 245th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 279th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 97.99 ranks it as the 301st 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 259th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Missouri.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

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


Ratings & Reviews for the GO! St. Louis Marathon

4 Stars from 3 Reviews

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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