Do you want to know what you’re in for? Check out this turn-by-turn description of the flattest, fastest course in the St. Louis Region!
The USATF Certified MO’ Cowbell Half Marathon has quite the picturesque start with Frontier Park and the Missouri River to the right as runners head north on Riverside and turn left on Clark.
The course spends less than a quarter mile on Clark before turning right onto 2nd St. also known as Hwy 94.
The one mile mark is just past the intersection of N. 2nd & French.
Runners continue heading north on 2nd St. past quaint storefronts of Old Town St. Charles then turn right on Tecumseh.
The course then takes a left on N. Main St. which becomes N. River Rd.
The two mile mark is on N. River Rd., just a quarter mile or so after passing under the 370 overpass.
Fluid Station #1 is just after the two mile mark at the parking area for the Dusable Dog Park.
Runners continue on N. River Rd. running parallel to the Katy Trail and Missouri River on the right and with plenty of green fields and trees on the left.
The N. River Rd. bears left and becomes Hawning Rd.
The three mile mark is on the N. River Rd. just before Hawning Rd.
Runners continue on Hawning Rd. for just over a half mile as it heads toward Hwy 94. The course takes a right at 94 and heads north to the northernmost point of the course just before State Hwy B.
The 4 mile mark about a quarter mile after the turn onto Hwy 94, just north of Joyce.
Heading left onto Herman’s Farm Orchard Drive, runners hit the High-Five Zone and Fluid Station #2.
After the spirited cut-through on Herman’s Farm Orchard road lined with fall decor, hay bales, corn stalks, pumpkins and more, runners turn left onto Boschertown Rd. and head to New Town.
The 5 mile mark is on Boschertown Dr.
Enter New Town by turning right onto Island Harbor which becomes Sublette St.
This course is meant to be pretty darn fast, so there aren’t many turns but there are a few as the runners tour New Town.
Just after Sublette St. curves left, runners take a right onto Barter St.
Runners head west on Barter St. to Hempstead and then turn south on Galt House Dr.
Runners are officially in New Town at the six mile mark, which is on Galt House Dr.
Follow Galt House as it borders the New Town Lake and then as it bends right to Rue Royale St. Head north onto Rue Royale St. and then loop west onto Rue Royale to Domain.
Runners make a short jog south on Domain St. to N. New Town Ave. then run west thru a tree-lined allee along the canal in the center of New Town. head east on New Town Lake Dr. and turn left on Granger Blvd. along New Town lake.
Runners turn left on Canal St. and quickly turn left again onto S. New Town Ave.
Heading east, runners turn right on Domain St., then loop back left on Rue Royale, then left on Rue Royale St. to New Town Lake Dr.
Runners head east on New Town Lake Dr. toward Granger Blvd. with the canal on their left.
Mile seven is on New Town Lake Dr. where the canal flows into the lake.
Runners continue east and turn left on Granger at the corner of New Town Lake.
Heading north on Granger Blvd. runners reach Fluid Station #3 before they turn right onto Barter to rejoin the out-and-back portion of the course.
Before this mile is complete runners turn left on Sublette St. and continue on Island Harbor toward the exit of New Town.
The eight mile mark is on Island Harbor about 200 meters before exiting New Town.
Say goodbye to New Town as you turn right on Boschertown Road.
The remainder of mile nine is slightly downhill, fast straight-away south on Boschertown.
Mile 9 is near the north entrance to Charlestowne Village.
Say hello to some hills as you enter mile 10! For the first time on this mostly pancake flat course you’ll have to pump the arms and call on the quads to do some climbing.
As you turn left onto the aptly named Little Hills Expressway, volunteers at Fluid Station #4 will cheer you on your way.
The ten mile mark is a little less than a half mile after turning onto Little Hills.
This mile is the only truly tough mile on the course. Before this is child’s play and after this it’s mostly smooth sailing to the finish.
Runners remain on Little Hills Expressway for most of this stretch before turning onto Mel Wetter Parkway.
The 11 mile mark is not long after the turn onto Mel Wetter Parkway.
What goes up must come down right? Runners will enjoy a nice downhill as they continue on N. 5th St. followed by another slight uphill just before the 12 mile mark.
Runners make a left on Lawrence St. and then a right back on 2nd St. The 12 mile mark is just after the turn onto 2nd St. where they are welcomed by the 5th and final Fluid Station.
As if the first ten miles of flat roads weren’t enough to make this a fast course, the last mile rewards runners for their hard work with a big downhill finish!
After continuing on 2nd St. runners then turn left on Clark followed by a right onto Riverside Dr. There they have a straightaway of less than a half a mile to the finish at Riverside and First Capitol.
We recommend getting there as fast as you can so you can enjoy all the post-race fun in Frontier Park!
(Course subject to change)