The Run for the Ranch Marathon and Half Marathon is held completely on the beautiful and historic Missouri State University campus (established 1905). The half marathon is exactly four loops and the marathon is exactly eight loops around the and through the campus, including a lap through the football stadium while festive holiday music plays on the loudspeakers. There are two fully equipped aid stations per 3.275 mile loop (water, power drink, gels). You can also place your own supplies along this track or elsewhere on the course. Race headquarters is in the huge modern student union with open eating areas and dozens of restroom facilities. All participants get a great tech shirt and 4" medal with ranch-style art. The courses are USATF certified, qualifiers for the Boston and NYC marathons. Temps will be cool and your family and friends can cheer you on each lap, or stay in heated comfort while watching you run through huge plate glass windows. Everything in this marathon/half marathon is designed for you the runner.