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 and turn-by-turn directions.
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 be utilizing a corral start for this year’s race. They are 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.
We utilize the ChronoTrack “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.
Participants may have their 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 their 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!
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.
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, 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 vanilla) 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 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.
The official race merchandise from Brooks Running Apparel will include 1/2 zip jackets and EZ running t-shirts for both men and women! This great looking gear will be available at both the Health & Fitness ExMO’ and on race day but only while supplies last, so get a MOOOve on it. (Sorry, we couldn’t help it!)
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 finish line will officially close at 12:25 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.