Monday, July 1, 2013

The Great GO! Halloween races: Location, location, location


Despite joining an ever-expanding menu of 13.1-mile races, the Great GO! St. Louis Halloween race, scheduled for October 13, is more than holding its own. Officials at GO! sent out a release, stating that the field was filling quickly and that a sellout was expected.

The advantage the newest race holds goes back to the Realtors' mantra: Location, location, location.

As the map indicates, the tight course highlights downtown, Soulard and the Riverfront, a coup for organizers. Kudos to them for securing permission to stage the 10K and half with views of the Mississippi River.

Its major competitor, the Quinn Family Foundation Rock n Roll St. Louis Marathon and Half-Marathon on Oct. 27, appears to be using the same course it has used the past two years, which includes the parks of South St. Louis and Forest Park.

The fledgling Mo Cowbell Half is staged in St. Charles; the longstanding St. Louis Track Club half will use its traditional course through Clayton and Forest Park.

Combined with Missouri's largest 10K, a 5K and fun run, GO! expects 7,000 runners for its Halloween extravaganza, which also features a costume contest and pumpkin pies for the top three in each age group.

Register here.