Friday, October 7, 2016

100 Half Marathons - Club Challenge of Fifty States Half Marathon Club - Missouri Running Clubs

Missouri half marathon runners and walkers!  Join a great club with lots of challenges to work on, as well as lots of discounts and great members.  Many half marathon runners and walkers out there can’t alway afford to travel around to all 50 states.  The 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ is a perfect alternative!  Join Fifty States Half Marathon Club and work toward your 100 half marathons, and take your time on the other challenges.  All members can work toward all the challenges.

Fifty States Half Marathon Club hosts a big annual meet up in a new state every year, which includes the big annual awards night for all the club members that finish a challenge.  From the 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ to the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge™, or 50 States Endurance Challenge™, runners and walkers will enjoy a great group of members, with lots of opportunity to meet members at races.  Paint your journey on the cool 100 Half Marathons shirts, designed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club, or the map back design as you work toward 50 states.



Additionally, there is the 500 Endurance Challenge™, the 7 Continents Endurance Challenge™, and the new Canada 10 Provinces Half Marathon Challenge™.  A description of each challenge can be found at the official website of Fifty States Half Marathon Club.

Beautiful, classy awards when you finish a challenge!

Join the club and start working toward your 100 half marathons, or 50 states, at

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Grand Country Half Marathon Discount - Branson Missouri

Limited time discount to the inaugural Grand Country Half Marathon and 5k for our fans and followers!  The half marathon race date is October 2nd, 2016 in Branson, Missouri.

Click here for $10.00 discount code and description of course.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Race Reviews for Half Marathons in Missouri

Do you have a race review for a half marathon in Missouri?  If so, feel free to submit a half marathon review for consideration!   Here are some great topics runners like to read about in your half marathon review:

Was the race website organized and informative?  Distances visible on home page, full address of location for out of state visitors, city and state visible of non-local participants, details about course, critical info easily found, etc.

Was the race well organized?  Packet pick up, expo, start time, timing, support?

Did this race have an expo, or just a small packet pickup?

Were enough volunteers recruited? How was on course support?  Enough food?  Enough water?

How was the post race party?  Good food? Music?  Enough food?  Enough refreshments & recovery food or drinks? Describe.

How was the medal? below average? average? excellent?  beyond excellent, pretty cool?
Do you have a photo to share of your bling to include?

How was the swag?  Any awesome swag?  Brand of shirt?

How was the cost of the race compared to most half marathons?  about average, a great deal, way too expensive for the swag, bling and support that was provided, well worth the cost for the swag, bling, post race party and support received?

Was this a small race, a medium sized race, or large race?

Was the course scenic?  What was the highlight of the course (or highlights of the course)?
What made the course fun (or totally boring)?
Do you have any good scenic course photos to send us?

Describe the course.  Was it flat?  Rollers the whole way?  Flat with one big monster hill?  All up?  All down?  All up then all down? etc.  Was it shaded?  Trees, dessert, mountainous, city streets, all neighborhoods, through a park, etc?

We love to hear from our half marathon runners about all the half marathon races out there that you love, like, or didn't care for, and appreciate your feedback.  We may share your review in multiple locations such as our half marathon blogs, or possibly even on  You can ask to be published anonymously if you'd like, but we do need your information in order to publish.

Happy Running!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

New Version of Missouri Half Marathons 2014 and 2015 Race Calendar

The new version is out! The Missouri Half Marathon Calendar is a complete simplistic listing of MO half marathons.  Currently the Missouri half marathon schedule has 2014 Missouri half marathons and 2015 Missouri half marathons as they roll in. Missouri half marathons 2014 & Missouri half marathons 2015 also identify trail half marathons and walker friendly half marathons by a (T) symbol and a (W) symbol.  The (T) means it is a TRUE trail half marathon (off road, switchbacks, etc) and a (W) means it is truly "official walker friendly" requiring the half marathon to allow a minimum of 18:32 mile pace, minimum 4 hours for participants to finish the 13.1 mile distance.

The Missouri half marathon race calendar features a complete listing of Kansas City half marathons, St. Louis half marathons, Columbia half marathons, Branson half marathons, St. Charles half marathons, Springfield half marathons, West Plains half marathons, and many more 1/2 marathons in MO.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

2014 Missouri Half Marathons

Do you have a 2014 Missouri half marathon date update or a new half marathon to add?  We are updating our half marathon calendar for 2014 as your dates are updated, so make sure to send us on over any St. Louis half marathons, Columbia half marathons, Kansas City half marathons, or any other Missouri half marathon 2014 dates!  

Missouri Half Marathon Calendar 2013 and 2014

Want to advertise your event?  We have great ad prices on our half marathon calendar as well!  Get visibility on one of the most up to date half marathon calendars on the web!

Click here to view our media kit and various advertising prices and deals.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Missouri Half Marathon Runners, Marathoners & Triathletes - Join the Challenge!

Join in Missouri runners and triathletes, and take the Challenge!  Whether you are a half marathon runner, a full marathon runner, a half ironman triathlete or go long for the full ironman triathlons, OR like to do a little bit of all, ... we have a challenge for you!  Choose from 3 challenges .........

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Go! St. Louis Half Marathon Race Report

Go! St. Louis Race Report by Fifty States HALF Marathon Club member George Pugh:

4/15/2012 – Go! St. Louis Half Marathon in St. Louis, Missouri started in the downtown area and heated up dramatically in the beginning as we ran south past the Budwiser Brewery and back into the downtown area. However, a cool breeze greeted the crowd as we went west toward Forest Park. This was my fourth Go! St. Louis, in addition to other St. Louis events, and you just never realize how hilly St. Louis can be when you are driving in a car. Not steep upward, hilly climbs, but gentle long slopes that seem to go on forever and really drain the energy from your body. All that being said, with the cool wind, great fan support from my friends in the Belleville Running Club at the 10 mile mark, and plenty of GU and liquids, I managed to run my Go! St. Louis personal best time at 2:27:18. It’s a good race because 15,000 people can’t all be wrong.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Have a Missouri Half Marathon Race Review? OR are you a Missouri Half Marathon Race Director or Event Organizer?

Feel free to share with us your Half Marathon race reviews.

What to share?

Course description:  flat, hilly, rollers, scenic

Best moment of the race?

What could they improve on if anything?




Aid Stations?

Post Party entertainment?


Are you a Race Director or Event Organizer and want to improve your website for athletes?
Read the Article at this site
What do you Include on your Website?:  

Do you want to advertise your event on one of our State Pages at
 Half Marathon Calendar 2012 ?
We are running a special, advertise 2 consecutive months or longer and we'll give you the ad for only $100/month!!!!
Contact us for availability of the ad spot you'd like.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Frostbite 13.1 Half Marathon Race Review

Race Review by Maureen Bowen, official member of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club:

Review - Frostbite 13.1 (St Louis Missouri 1/21/12)
The race is operated by the St Louis Track Club and I believe is truly a warm-up for the spring marathons. I needed another state with a low cost race and this fit the bill (easy in/out to STL and 15 bucks for the race). The race had 421 finishers for the 1/2 and also had a 4 mile run (over 400 people) as well.

The weather DID NOT cooperate for this race as there was freezing rain on Friday night with cold temperatures through mid-day Saturday. The course was located in Forest Park (site of Worlds Fair) and is a beautiful area. However, there were at least 2 major issues with this race. 1) The streets and sidewalks were covered in ice at race time 2) According to race directors, they are not allowed to stop traffic for this race through the park. Add both of those up and you have a recipe for disaster. But as most of you would agree, if everyone else can run in it, why can't I suck it up. I had already flown there from Raleigh.

Shotgun start - everyone is trying to figure out how to run on the ice (some not successfully) but there is little to no traffic at 9am and all the volunteers are out and about. This is going to be hard, but I can do this... then at MILE 3 - BAM! I AM HIT BY A CAR going about 5 miles an hour from behind. (NO JOKE) The older man got out of his car and was visibly shaken - I assured him I was okay and sent him back to his car. The volunteer asked if I needed him to call the race director and I said no - and then decided I needed to finish the race. I walked for about the next 2 miles - more emotionally upset than physically injured - flinching each time I slipped on the ice or a car passed by. It was not good. Did I mention that my 2:58 finishing time was the 5th slowest of the race?! 1 water stop at mile 2/7 (loop) in front of the visitors building. I saw NO on course support after mile 8. The timing belt was still up. I did go into the administration building after the race and announce that I was the one hit by the car. They were very concerned about me and couldn't believe that I finished. (PS - No medals or shirts for 13.1 race)

Their website now posts an apology for having such bad conditions...

They were nice - the course would be nice if the weather was better, but the weather and the CAR TRAFFIC would make me say no to this race unless you live in St Louis and can make that determination at the last minute.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Rock the Parkway Half Marathon & 5k Announcement

Rock the Parkway Half Marathon & 5k will take place on April 14th 2012.  This event features a scenic course along Ward Parkway in Kansas City, in addition to LIVE MUSIC along the course AND at the post event plaza.  This race has GREAT SWAG, including a shirt and a mylar blanket for all finishers and a nice big medal!  And FOOD, ....everyone likes food at the end of a long race, right?!

Additionally, Fifty States HALF Marathon Club official members will receive a nice discount to this event!

For all the details on the event, please visit the event site directly:

Friday, November 11, 2011

Strong Kids Run Half Marathon, 5k and 1mi run in November

Attention Missouri runners, are you looking for a half marathon in November?  Run for a great cause, just less than 10 minutes from Branson, Missouri on November 19th in Hollister, Missouri, to benefit the STRONG KIDS Financial Assistance Program put on by the Ozark Mountain Family YMCA.  This program benefits youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  They are holding their annual half marathon, 5k and 1 mile run with events starting at 8am, with the half marathon and 5k starting at 8:30am.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Cold Weather Training
Article By: Paul “Crazy Legs” Stofko RRCA Running Coach
November 3, 2011

Cold weather training requires a little extra planning and protection before you head out the door. Your body loses heat quickly in cold weather due to convection (heat loss due to motion), conduction (transfer of heat due to temperature changes), evaporation of moisture, and radiation (transfer of energy caused by the difference between skin temperature and ambient temperature). The right layers will protect you from the elements without weighing you down. Cold can take it toll on your performance and comfort. And frostbitten skin is always a risk. But if you take some simple precautions, you can maintain your mileage in anything weather winter bring your way.

The challenge in dressing for winter training is not only to keep the winter chill and wetness out, but to manage the heat and moisture your body produces as well. Even in subfreezing temperatures your body produces a lot of heat and sweat. You can produce up to two liters per hour when running. Water conducts heat away from your body 25 times faster than air – great in summer, but dangerous in cold temperatures. Staying dry under your layers is critical and can impact heart rate, as well as comfort, dryness, and warmth.

Here are some tips for dressing in layers:

First Layer

Forget cotton. It holds moisture next to your skin. Choose the new lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics that hold a very small percentage of their weight in moisture. Performance microfibers hold less than on percent of their weight in water compared to 17% wool or 8% cotton.

Second Layer

If you running in very cold weather, you may need a middle layer to trap the warmth your muscles generate. Choose a layer that produces maximum warmth with minimum bulk. Synthetic fibers have an advantage of staying drier than natural ones.

Outer Layer

Fibers have been developed that block the elements without trapping too much heat and moisture underneath. Look for waterproof fabrics that vent.

Hands and Head

Up to 40% of your body’s heat loss occurs from the head due to a large blood supply, extra surface area, and the mucus membranes of the nose and mouth. Choose thin microfiber hats and lightweight gloves liners for your hands.

Don’t forget your feet

Cotton is a bad choice for socks. Look for synthetic socks that won’t hold moisture and become packed down when damp.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Discount to Rock'n'Roll St. Louis Marathon & Half Marathon

Become a member of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club and get great discounts, including a discounts to the popular Rock'n'Roll events such as the Rock'n'Roll St. Louis Marathon & Half Marathon. (This year 2011 post race concert features Sugar Ray).

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Missouri Half Marathons, Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors & Event Organizers

Hi Missouri Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors and Event Organizers.  Feel free to email us Half Marathon Race News and Stories to post on our blog.  To send news, articles or fun information, please send us which Half Marathon State Blog you'd like it posted in at   CONTACT US

Also if you'd like your event or any other discounts to be added to the official Fifty States HALF Marathon Club Member Discount List that goes out to all our members across the United States, please send your event, website link and race discount code to be added for our official members to use.  Our members like to choose from races on our discount list when they look at choosing a half marathon in your state.  Send to  CONTACT US  and in return we will help promote your event.

If your Half Marathon event is missing from the Half Marathon Race Calendar found at and would like to be added, please send the event date, name, and website link to   CONTACT US

Monday, March 22, 2010


Sunday, Apr. 11 GO! St. Louis Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay St. Louis, MO

Saturday, Apr. 17 Spring Fling Half Marathon, 10K & 5K St. Joseph, MO

FOR LINKS to half marathons, we are currently working to update our half marathon calendar at Fifty States HALF Marathon Club

Please let us know if we are missing any half marathons for April or May 2010. Thank you!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Missouri Runners - Looking for a Running Club? Check out Jeff County Road Runners!

Jeff County Road Runners

The Jefferson City Road Runners Club is a local non-profit group dedicated to the sport of running. We seek to promote safe, enjoyable, family-friendly running in central Missouri. Our club sponsors local races, publishes monthly newsletters, hosts a competitive points series, and presents an annual awards banquet. Our members represent all running and walking abilities.

Monday, September 7, 2009

HALF Marathon Runners and Race Directors in MISSOURI

Feel free to post favorite races, half marathon events, and anything and everything related to HALF Marathons in Missouri!

For Race directory of Missouri HALF Marathons, go to

If interested in taking on a 50 STATE CHALLENGE or a 100 HALF ANYWHERE CHALLENGE, please check out Fifty States HALF Marathon Club at