Half Marathon Race Details

Sunday, October 2, 2016
7:30 a.m. start
St. Charles, Missouri — Frontier Park

Check out the USATF Certified course map and turn-by-turn directions(Course is subject to change.)
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 but allowed.

Please inform your friends and family supporting you on race day, that no dogs are allowed in Runners’ Village during the event.

Aid Stations/Mile Markers
There will be several aid stations along the course, as well as paramedics traveling the course. Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime performance drink), and portable restrooms will be available at miles 2.25, 4.75, 7.25, 9.75 and 12 as well as the Start/Finish.  GU gels (tri-berry and salted caramel) 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.

Weather Policy
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.

Corral Start
We will utilize a corral start for this year’s race.  There will be designated start-areas designed to facilitate an efficient and convenient race start for all participants, by grouping runners with similar anticipated race paces together.  Look for pace signs that indicate your personal pace-per-mile. (For example if you are planning to run 10 minutes per-mile, line up behind the sign that indicates 10 minute per-mile-pace.) 

There will be access points to each of the 6 designated corrals (7, 8, 9 10, 12 & 14 minutes-per-mile) along the sidewalk on the west side of Riverfront Drive so make your way to the appropriate starting corral at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the race.  We use electronic timing chips attached to the back of your running number, so don’t worry about the minutes it takes to cross the starting line — they won’t count in your final time.

Pace Teams
YES! MO’ Cowbell Half Marathon will have PACERS! Runner’s Edge KC will bring their “SmartPacing” team of pacers to take the guess work out of your running.  Pace Team finish times: 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00.  Without further ado…Meet your pacers!

We utilize the ChronoTrack “B tag” system for race timing.  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.

Runner Tracking
Participants may have friends and family track their progress as they MOOOve along the course via social media and text message alerts.  When a runner crosses a timing mat an alert will instantly be sent to friends and family of their pace and location!  Want to follow a runner’s progress during the race?  Or are you registered to run with MO’ and want to direct people to where they can receive your race updates?  Click Here!

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 re-open the roads.

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 finish line will officially close at 2 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.

Age Minimum Requirement
The age minimum requirement is 14-years-old for the Half Marathon.   Anyone under 14-years-old, with documented running experience (ie: has a finish time for another half marathon), may be allowed to race in MO’ Cowbell on a case-by-case bases.  Permission must be granted by race officials.

Cowbell trophies will be given to both the male and female top finishers in first, second and third place.  Age group cowbell trophies will be given to the top three finishers in the following categories for men and women: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.  Award times are determined by ChronoTrack’s “B tag” system results.

All half marathoners will receive a long-sleeve tech-shirt, a race-themed cowbell, top-quality finisher’s medal, 13.1 cowbell car sticker, nylon runner’s bag, a virtual goody 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.

VIP Runner
Upgrade to VIP! A MO’ Cowbell VIP runner receives: prime race day parking, access to a special pre- and post-race VIP Area near the start/finish line, exclusive indoor restrooms, personal gear check, complimentary on-site massage and MO’! For ONLY $50 these 150 spots will sell out FAST!  Upgrade TODAY!

Changing to Another MO’ Cowbell Race
Already signed up for the full marathon but would like to change to one of the other race options?  Not a problem! Complete our Transfer Race Form (coming soon!) and email it to us at info@MOCowbellRun.com or mail it to the EDC, 5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles, MO 63304.  No refund of difference will be given if you transfer to a race with a lower entry fee. Transfers request will be accepted until Sunday, September 25, 2016.

IMPORTANT: All runners who transfer races after September 1 will be issued the original race shirt not the transfer race shirt.  For example, if you originally registered for the half marathon, but transferred to the 5K prior to race day, you will be issued a half marathon shirt.  

You Run and We Give Back!
Each year, MO’ Cowbell gives a portion of the race proceeds to organizations that give back to the community. Recipients in the past have included:  Volunteers in Medicine, The St. Charles City-County Library District Foundation, and Lemonade Day.

New Athena SquareIn 2015 a portion of the proceeds will go toward the ATHENA Leadership Foundation of St. Charles County. The internationally recognized, ATHENA Leadership Award Program was introduced to St. Charles County in 1987. The program exists to support the development of women in leadership roles. The ATHENA Award was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment–qualities embodied in the ATHENA leadership model. In 1997, the ATHENA Leadership Foundation of St. Charles County was created to support women in leadership beyond the annual recognition. The Foundation which is powered by the Foundation Board, focuses on creating opportunities for professional women to come together into the area’s most visible “power network.” For more information about the ATHENA Leadership Foundation visit their website.

(*Please note MO’ Cowbell is not responsible for any materials left along the course or in runner baggage check.)