Formerly the Spirit of St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend?, the organization now known as GO! St. Louis? has broadened its mission to become a year-round fitness provider. The GO! St. Louis Marathon, Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay will take place on April 6, 2008.
When the average American thinks of St. Louis, Missouri, it's likely that several images immediately pop into mind: headquarters for the Anheuser-Busch brewery; home to the towering St. Louis Arch, Gateway to the Midwest; or "Baseball Heaven" evidenced by the 2006 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Add one more image to that list: Missouri's Premier Marathon - the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend, where the race course includes views of the aforementioned Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium and the Anheuser-Busch brewery.
Since its 2000 inception as the Spirit of St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend?, the event numbers have grown substantially, from 2,500 the first year to 16,000 in 2007. This is due largely to its reputation as an affordable, family-friendly event.
This year, the GO! St. Louis Marathon decided for the first time to establish a race cap at 15,000 participants, which includes 3,000 for the marathon, 10,000 for the half marathon and 2,000 or 500 teams for the marathon relay.
"GO! takes great pride in offering events which are safe and provide a rewarding experience for the entire family," said Nancy Lieberman, GO! Louis president . "After evaluating the growing number of participants and a variety of factors, such as the race course, the amount of volunteers and service providers, we decided it would be desirable to limit the number of participants this year. It has never been our mission to hold the largest race, but to provide a high quality event that celebrates the fitness experience for participants, our community and for the thousands of family and friends who attend each year," she explained.
With seven events taking place over the April 5 -6 weekend, there is literally something for everyone. From the Diaper Dash for toddlers, the GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon? for elementary-school children, a 5K for all age groups, to the Mature Mile for adults 60-years and older.
"As a not-for-profit organization, GO! has been very successful over the years in engaging community and corporate partners to join our effort to host an event that the entire St. Louis region can celebrate," said Lieberman.
Many participants and their families visit St. Louis to attend the marathon event, but find a city that is rich in history and has a great deal to offer when it comes to entertainment and attractions. For example, the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals will play a home game against the Washington Nationals at 1:00 pm on April 6, while the NHL St. Louis Blues hit the ice for a home game on Saturday April 5 at 1:00 pm. In addition to sporting events over the race day weekend, participants may want to visit the world famous Saint Louis Zoo, the popular Missouri Botanical Garden or enjoy a concert with the world-class Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
So if you are looking for a top quality race that has great community support and is a short drive or flight from most major cities, then Meet Me in St. Louis for the 2008 GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend.
For more information visit www.gostlouis.org or call 314-727-0800.