Half Marathon Relay Race Details – MO' Cowbell Marathon | Sunday, October 1, 2017 in St. Charles, MO

Half Marathon Relay Race Details

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Sunday, October 1, 2017
7:30 a.m. start
St. Charles, Missouri — Frontier Park

If the half marathon seems too far and the 5K not far enough, this race is perfect for you!  An opportunity for friends, family and co-workers to work together and compete in MO’ Cowbell.

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The Basics

Relay teams are made up of two runners or walkers who will cover a little over 6 miles each.  The first runner of each team will start at 7:30 a.m. with the half-marathon/full marathon runners and follow the first half of the course.  He/she wearing the neoprene timing strap will pass the timing strap to the second runner at the exchange point in New Town on Galt House Drive, just east of the Town Hall. The first runner will hop on the shuttle and join his/her teammate near the Foundry Art Centre’s parking lot. The team crosses the finish line together.

Shuttle Information 

Shuttles will transport the second teammate to the exchange point in New Town. The shuttles will leave from Llywelyn’s Pub at 100 N. Main Street, St. Charles (1 block west of the start/finish line). Shuttles start at 7 a.m. and take off every 15 minutes. DO NOT BE LATE, SHUTTLES WILL NOT WAIT FOR YOU!

Shuttle Departures — Teammate #2 (Llywelyn’s to New Town):

Shuttle 1 — Departs @ 7:00 AM
Shuttle 2 — Departs @ 7:15 AM
Shuttle 3 — Departs @ 7:30 AM
Shuttle 4 — Departs @ 7:45 AM
Shuttle 5 — Departs @ 8:00 AM
Shuttle 6 — Departs @ 8:15 AM

Shuttle Returns — Teammate #1 (New Town to Clark Street)

Shuttle 1 — Departs @ 8:15 AM
Shuttle 2 — Departs @ 8:30 AM
Shuttle 3 — Departs @ 8:45 AM
Shuttle 4 — Departs @ 9:00 AM
Shuttle 5 — Departs @ 9:15 AM
Shuttle 6 — Departs @ 9:30 AM

The FINAL shuttle will leave at 8:15 AM and will not wait for any runner!  Please plan to arrive at Llywelyn’s Pub no later than 7:00 a.m. to avoid missing the shuttle.  We will not be responsible for runners who miss the final shuttle, please plan accordingly.  

Shuttles transporting the first runners from New Town will leave the exchange zone every 15 minutes starting at 8:15 am.  The last shuttle will leave New Town at 9:30 a.m.

Certified Course

Check out the 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 strongly 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 as well as paramedics along the course.  Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and portable restrooms will be availalbe at miles 2.25, 4.75, 7.25, 9.75 and 12 as well as the Start/Finish.  Food will be provided at the finish.

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 use a corral start for the race.  There are designated start areas designed to facilitate an efficient start for all participants by grouping runners with similar anticipated race paces together.  Look for pace signs with your personal pace-per-mile. (For example if you are planning to run 10 minutes per-mile, line up behind the sign that.)

There are access points to each of the 6 corrals (7, 8, 9 10, 12 & 14 minutes-per-mile) along the sidewalk on the west side of Riverfront Drive. Be in 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 Race Bib. Don’t worry about the minutes it takes before you cross the starting line — they won’t count in your final time.

Timing

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 timing tag will be affixed to a neoprene strap best worn around your ankle so it is close to the timing mats.  Teammates will exchange the ankle strap in New Town at the exchange point.

There will be race clocks at 5K, 10K and 15K.

After crossing the finish line, please bring your ankle strap to the Big River Results Tent to be recycled.

Runner Tracking

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?  SIGN UP

Walkers

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, that’s ok,  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 beginning 20 minutes after the official race start, each mile every 16 minutes. The finish line will officially close at 2 p.m. The time limit rules will be strictly enforced.

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 full Marathon.  Anyone under 14-years-old with documented running experience may be allowed to race in MO’ Cowbell on a case-by-case bases.  Permission must be granted by race officials. Contact us at raceteam@mocowbellrun.com.

Prizes

Cowbell trophies will be given to the first, second and third place all male, all female and coed teams.  Award times are determined by ChronoTrack’s “B-tag” system results.

Amenities

All half marathon relay participants receive a quarter zip tech-shirt, a collectible cowbell, top-quality finisher’s medal, cowbell car sticker (you will want to display), a virtual goody bag, 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. You’d think it’s your birthday with all you get!  And local favorites, Crossfire will be performing on the main stage in Runners’ Village. (*Please note MO’ Cowbell is not responsible for any materials left along the course or in runner baggage check.)

VIP Runner

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

Need to transfer from one race to another?

We got you covered! Runners may transfer from one race to another through their race profile. There is no refund for a runner who downgrades from a more expensive registration choice/race to a less expensive one. If a runner would like to upgrade to a more expensive race, they will be automatically be charged the difference in entry fee plus an additional $10 transfer fee.

TRANSFER MY RACE  All entry fees are non-refundable.  Sale and/or transfer of race entry/bib numbers is strictly prohibited. 

Need to defer to 2018?

Runners who need to defer their race to 2018 may do so through their race profile. The value of the deferral code will be the registration fee minus the deferral fee. Please note the deferral fee increases as race day approaches.

  • February 5 – June 30:  25% fee (example: if you paid $50 for the half, your deferral fee = $12.50)
  • July 1 – August 31:  50% fee (example: if you paid $50 for the half, your deferral fee = $25.00)
  • September 1 – September 28:  75% fee (example: if you paid $50 for the half, your deferral fee = $37.50)

DEFER MY RACE  All entry fees are non-refundable.  Sale and/or transfer of race entry/bib numbers is strictly prohibited.