Monday, May 20, 2013

GO! St. Louis doubles field size for All-American 5K on Father's Day

More than half the Father's Day cards we've bought in the last half-century have extolled the virtues of Dear Ol' Dad putting up his feet and relaxing and doing nothing more strenuous than taking a good, long snooze on His Day.

GO! St. Louis has other ideas. Some would say a better idea. The All-American 5K and Fun Run is an alternative for getting Dad's Day off to a rousing start. Last year, GO! took a once-popular race and revived it with a field of 1,500. The event sold out, so the organizers doubled the size of this year's race, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. June 16.

Part of the appeal of the race is the course, which begins at the Kirkwood YMCA and travels downhill to downtown Webster Groves, ideal for setting a PR, even in the middle of summer. There's ice cream for all, and pies to the top three in each age group in the 5K. The organizers also offer a free shuttle from the finishing line back to the start.

Neither of last year's winners, Jackie Pirtle-Hall and Matt O'Connor, is scheduled to compete, so new champs are sure to be crowned. The 5K will be followed by a one-mile fun run, which starts and ends near the 5K finishing area in Webster. Registration is $30 for the 5K until June 13. The fun run is $25 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and under until June 13.