Sunday, October 6, 2013
7:30 a.m. start
Frontier Park, St. Charles, Missouri
(Course is subject to change.) Check out the 2013 course map (coming soon) and turn-by-turn directions (coming soon).
Rollerblades/inline skates, bikes, strollers/baby joggers, motorized vehicles and pets on the course are prohibited. The use of an iPod, mp3 player, CD player or other audio/video device is discouraged. Please inform your friends and family supporting you on race day, that no dogs are allowed in Runner’s Village during the event.
Race officials may cancel, delay or change the event in case of extreme weather or other conditions that may affect the safety and health of the participants. In the event of cancellation, refunds will not be issued.
We will utilize a corral starting system for the 2013 half marathon. Pace signs designating per mile pace will be located along the east side of the starting corral. All participants will be asked to find their per mile pace at the start line and line up behind that sign. Corrals will be released in 2 minute increments.
We utilize the Chrono Track “B tag” system for race timing for the Half Marathon with time clocks at 5K, 10K and 15K along the course. The “B-tag” will be affixed to the back of the race bib. Do not peel off the “B-tag”. No additional steps are needed prior to the start of your specific race.
Make sure the race bib is affixed to the front of your body and is placed on the layer of apparel that will be worn throughout the race (ie: do not put it on a shirt/ jacket, then take off the shirt/jacket mid-race and carry the bib with you), Do not fold or wrinkle your bib prior to attaching it, and make sure it is not covered by a race belt, water bottle, etc.
There will be race clocks at 5K, 10K and 15K.
This flat USATF Certified Course can be used as a qualifier race for other races such as Boston, New York Marathon, London, etc.
We are asked all the time if walkers are welcome and we happily say yes! We just ask that everyone maintain a 16-minute mile pace. If you are unable to maintain that pace, we will ask you to move to the sidewalk and finish the race obeying the traffic laws as we will reo-pen the roads. See Time Limit Rules for full details.
Aid Stations/Mile Markers
There will be several aid stations along the course, as well as paramedics traveling the course. Water, Accelerade, and portable restrooms will be available at miles 2.25, 4.75, 7.25, 9.75, 12, 14.5, 16.5, 18.75, 20.5, 22.75 and 25 as well as the Start/Finish. Gels will be at the mile 7.25 fluid station. Food will be provided at the finish. Every mile will be clearly marked on a stand-up sign along the route.
All marathoners will receive a long-sleeve tech-shirt, a race-themed cowbell, top-quality finisher’s medal, 26.2 cowbell car sticker, nylon runner’s bag, access to water stations, baggage check, course entertainment, post-race food & beverage, medical stations, massage therapy, and of course, spirited neighborhood crowds and volunteers cheering with cowbells. And local favorites the Rough Ryders will be performing on the main stage in Runner’s Village.
MO’ Cowbell is well-known for having some of the most avidly devoted fans. This year as your loved ones gather along the route to show their support, we encourage them to visit our High-Five Zone! Located right before Mile 5, at Herman’s Farm Orchard, this cheer area will be fully equipped with cowbells, entertainment such as hayrides to pick pumpkins, play area for the kids and more! Also the second water station for the runners, this is the perfect place for spectators to hold up signs, bring noisemakers and cheer runners on!
Time Limit Rules
The half marathon course route re-opens to traffic at a rolling schedule according to a 16 minute-per-mile pace beginning 20 minutes after the official race start. The full marathon time limit restrictions are 6.5 hours. The finish line will officially close at 2:00 p.m. The time limit rules will be strictly enforced, if you need clarification before registering, please call 636.441.6880.
Any participant who does not complete the event in which they are registered will be listed as “Did Not Finish,” or “DNF.” This list will be separate from the official results.
Runners and spectators are encouraged to bring new and used shoes to MO’ Cowbell. All donations go to those in need of shoes as well as provide clean and fresh drinking water in the developing world. Please keep pairs of shoes together, by tying them using the laces, rubber banding them or bagging each pair separately. There will be donation sites at both the Health and Fitness ExMO’ and in Runner’s Village on race day for you to help those in need.
You Run and Others Learn to Read…
This year, a portion of the MO’ Cowbell race proceeds will go toward the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation’s program Take 20 and Read. A child’s success has a simple foundation: reading! Reading as an adult has direct impact on all aspects of life, from education and job preparedness to self-esteem and quality of life. MO’ Cowbell has taken the pledge to improve our community, our families and our lives by accepting the challenge to read at least 20 minutes every day! Take 20 and Read supports the Ready to Read and Books to You programs, all which benefit families in St. Charles County.