A local not-for-profit organization presenting fitness events and programs will raise its entry fees for its 12th Annual GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend.
The two-day fitness event will run on April 14 and 15. Organizers say it attracts more than 25,000 participants each year and is the largest competitive fitness event in the state, offering races for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Why the increase?
Beginning Jan. 1, entry fees will increase $10 to $20, said Jeff Trammel, public relations representative.
“Just to clarify on the entry fee increase, we opened registration on Sept. 1 with a set of entry fee prices,” Trammel said. “As we draw closer to the event the prices increase.”
He noted that entry fees for the events vary, and that it’s still possible to register online before Jan. 1, so you can get the lower price—but registration is open until April 4. Part of the reason the prices are increased is to encourage people to sign up before Jan. 1, Trammel added.
And, Trammel said, if you do sign up but find yourself unable to participate, you may transfer your bib number to another person by filling out a transfer form and paying a $20 fee. The organization encourages folks in that situation to use their Facebook pages or ask their friends and co-workers to find someone who is willing to replace them in the race.
Races will include:
- marathon relay
- 5K run/walk
- GO! St. Louis Read, Right and Run Marathon ®
- Children’s Fun Runs
- Mature Mile
The GO! St. Louis team is offering a personalized training experience for participants through a partnership with Big River Running Company. The cost for the 12-week program is $125, or $85 for GO! For a Cause team members.
The cost covers the Wednesday and Sunday group training sessions, post-race food and drinks, weekly emails from the coaching staff and access to the interactive team website, along with other perks.
- All weekend event participants will receive commemorative medals for participation.
- Marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay participants will receive Brooks short sleeve technical shirts, and other participants will receive cotton t-shirts.
- 17 aid stations will be serving water and Gatorade along the marathon course and at the start and finish.
- Involvement in the marathon could qualify participants for the Boston Marathon.
- Courses are certified by the USATF.
- The half-marathon had 13,500 entrants in 2011, making it one of the largest in the United States.
- The event boasts more than $20 thousand in prize money, which includes money for all age group winners.
- There will be an after party sponsored by Michelob ULTRA.
- Athelete tracking will be available, and there’s a corral start to the races.
- Participants must be 18 or older for the marathon, and 14 or older for the half-marathon and the marathon relay.
- Participants in wheelchairs are welcome, but should wear helmets at all times. Hand-crank wheelchairs are not eligible for entry.
- Prizes range between $100 and $1500, depending on the race.
- GO! St. Louis uses the money it makes from events such as this one to offer many community programs to families and individuals in the St. Louis area.
- Get more details about the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend at GoStLouis.org.