The race calendar is pretty short this weekend, with two events each in St. Louis and Kansas City.  We're still five weeks away from our first Lake-area race of the year, the Polar Bear Strut 5K on February 24th.

Chris Boyle, Gary Braman and John Shelby may be the luckiest runners in the Lake area.  The extreme cold and snow that we've had lately will be gone by Saturday when they'll be in northern Arkansas for the David's Trail Endurance Run for the second year in a row.  Chris and Gary are stepping up to the 50K this year (up from 25K last year), while John--who's recovering from a sore knee--is sticking with the 25K.  (Frequent Lake visitors Ryan and Jaime Maher will also be doing the 50K and 25K, respectively).  The weather forecast currently calls for a morning low of 40, and an afternoon high of 60.   Last year, they also lucked out with 60-degree weather on race day after much cooler temperatures earlier that week. It seems unnecessary to wish them good luck, but we will anyway.

The weather forecast looks pretty nice for the weekend (although there's a chance of showers on Sunday), so get out and take advantage of it.  Colder--though not extremely cold--weather is expected to return later next week.


Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners calendar

Kansas City and vicinity:

Battle of the Bean 5K, Saturday
Psychodelic 5K, Sunday
KC Running Company calendar

St. Louis and vicinity:

Wildwood Frozen Feet 13.1 Mile Trail Race, Saturday
Snowball Series Race (6K), Creve Coeur Lake Park
Big River Running calendar
Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis calendar

Mountain Home, Arkansas:

David's Trail Endurance Run (7K/25K/50K on Saturday, 11K on Friday night), LOTO participants: Gary Braman, Chris Boyle and John Shelby

Be sure to check out the Lake of the Ozarks Runners Facebook page to see if they'll be doing anything this weekend.

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2017 YEAR IN REVIEW(posted January 14th)

(Sorry for the delay in writing and posting this.  I had planned to do it nearly two weeks ago, but something unexpected came up suddenly and forced me to put just about everything else aside.)

There's some gloomy stuff to report, but let's start our review of 2017 with the good news.


We always like to herald those who step up to new or bigger challenges, and in 2017 we had quite a few who succeeded in achieving bigger things.  (If I missed anyone's "first", please let me know.)

First 100K:   Alysia Maschino
First 50-Mile:  Chris Boyle, Gary Braman and John Shelby
First 50K: Payton Bartlett, Curtis Wehmeyer
First Marathon: Ed Doney and Gary Braman (Allison Walters and Brittany Ross may have been first-timers, as well)
First Half Marathon: Rosalie Dear, Harrison Adams, Gary Braman, Joe Register, Stacy Roberts, and Katie Roberts (Michelle Kennedy, Natalie Ness and Ariane O'Day may also have been first-time finishers)
First Triathlon:  Colten Jones, Christine Head

Fastest finishers

Chris Boyle had the fastest marathon time among all Lake-area runners in 2017, finishing the GO! St. Louis Marathon in 3:26:35.  Among the women, Bryna Edwards had the fastest finish--a 3:48:11 at the Prairie Fire Marathon in Wichita in October. 

In the half marathon distance, our fastest men's and women's finishers were Payton Bartlett and Alysia Maschino in 1:31:19 and 1:52:00, respectively.

Two Osage High School cross country runners--Colten Jones and Micah Hill--ran the fastest men's and women's 10Ks in 2017.  They finished in 44:40 and 43:41, respectively.

Most prolific racers

To no one's surprise, Todd Raney led our list of most prolific Lake-area racers for the fifth year in a row.  Todd raced a total of 660.5 miles in 10K or longer races in 2017, down from his record of 793.8 miles in 2016.  (Todd's streak will end at five since--now that he lives full-time in Kansas City--he won't be included in our 2018 standings.)

For the first time, Alysia Maschino topped the women's rankings, with 146.1 miles.  Nearly half of Alysia's miles came in a single race at the end of the year--the 100K (i.e. 62-mile) race at 36 Hours of Jack in December.

Notable accomplishments

At the Honolulu Marathon in December, Todd Raney completed his three-year quest to complete a marathon in every state.  He also grew closer to his other, more ambitious goal of finishing a marathon in under four hours in every state.  He ended the year with just six more states to achieve that second goal.

It's not often--in fact, it's very rare--for a local runner to take an overall victory at an out-of-town race, but Chris Boyle managed to do just that in the 50-mile race at the beastly Mark Twain 50/100 Mile Endurance Run.  Chris beat 25 other finishers (and 24 others who DNF'd) to win in 9:11:07.

In his very first ultramarathon, Payton Bartlett smashed the 50K state record for 17 year-olds at the 36 Hours of Jack.  Payton broke the record by over two hours, finishing in 4:19:50, and becoming the youngest-ever ultramarathon finisher in the Lake area.

For the first time, the Lake area fielded a third team at the Outback in the Ozarks team relay races in Arkansas in October, and two of our teams won their respective divisions.

Miscellaneous records

Thanks to the addition of a 5K to its 2017 race, Bridge & Dam became the largest running race ever held in the Lake area, with 416 finishers among the various distances offered.

Ed Doney became the oldest Lake-area runner to finish a marathon.  Ed finished the MO' Cowbell Marathon in St. Charles at the age of 65. 

Luckiest runners

For three straight days prior to the race, the weather forecast for Bridge & Dam called for heavy rain on race day.  It did rain at the very end of the event, but the weather was sunny and mild until almost all of the participants had crossed the finish line and headed home.

Race cancellations

The Run for the Children Half Marathon was held for the fifth and final time in April.  (In 2018, it'll be replaced by the Eldon Rock Island Road Race 15K/10K.)  Regrettably, it was the third half marathon that's come and gone in the Lake area. 

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series announced that its St. Louis half marathon and 10K would not be held in 2018.  While years of declining participation reduced the race to a fraction of its original size in 2011, Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis is the largest race in the state to ever be cancelled.

Rest in Peace

On a sad note, we lost two Lake-area athletes in 2017.

Bethany Wall passed away at the age of 25 as a result of an automobile accident on December 14th.

Cyclist and Camdenton High School industrial arts teacher Larry Allman passed away after sustaining traumatic head injuries in a bicycle accident on June 29th. 

The running "recession"

Over the last several years, we've been chronicling the "recession" in running and, to a lesser extent, triathlon.  The situation worsened by almost every measure in 2017.  Below you'll find discussions of the decline, both statewide and local.

Statewide races

There were 41,999 finishers at full and half marathons held across Missouri in 2017.  That was down 12% from a total of 47,900 in 2016, and marked the third consecutive year of decline.  Compared to the peak of 56,787 in 2014, 2017 was down a dramatic 26%.   It's just a guess (since I don't have data prior to 2012), but we are probably down to levels not seen since around 2009. 

Races both big and small felt the pinch.  Of the 69 full and half marathons held statewide in 2017, 41 (or 60%) had declines in participation from the prior year, and some were substantial.

Despite the recession, more full and half marathons were held in 2017 than ever before.  Seven new ones offset the six that were cancelled for 2017.

Click on the thumbnail below to view the complete data in .pdf format.  Alternatively, you can download the .xlsx file here.

Total miles raced

The Lake area reflected the statewide declines.  The number of miles raced by Lake-area runners at 10K or longer races in 2017 was 4,179.  That was down 18% from 5,070 miles in 2016, and down 23% from the record of 5,407 miles set in 2015.  We're essentially back to where we were in 2013.   

Local 5Ks

Thirty-one 5Ks were held in the Lake area in 2017, down from thirty-six in 2016.  (A record 48 events were held in 2014.)   Not only were there fewer 5Ks, but the number of participants was down noticeably.

The decline in the number of race participants doesn't necessarily mean that fewer people are running.  Not everyone who runs also participates in races, and some runners may have cut back on the number of races in which they enter.  For those who do race, though, declining participation may eventually lead to fewer races available, less swag, higher entry fees (or smaller discounts), skimpier post-race food, cotton (versus technical) t-shirts, etc.  If race sponsors ever start backing out due to declining numbers or other reasons, the effects are going to be magnified. 

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2018 Archives
2017 Archives
2016 Archives
2015 Archives
2014 Archives
2013 Archives
2012 Archives
2011 Archives
2010 Archives
2009 Archives

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POLAR BEAR STRUT 5K RUN/WALK (posted December 1st)

One of the granddaddies of all local 5Ks, the Polar Bear Strut, returns for its 17th year on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  The event is a benefit for Special Olympics Missouri and is hosted by the Osage Beach Police Department.  

The run/walk starts at the Osage Beach City Hall on Osage Beach Parkway.  The website doesn't list a start time, but for 16 years in a row it's been at 10:00 a.m., with race-day registration open from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m.

The entry fee is a donation or fund-raising minimum of $50.  Online registration and fundraising are available.  

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BRIDGE AND DAM HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K (posted December 1st)

The biggest running race in the Lake area--the Bridge and Dam Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (Facebook page)--returns for its fourth year on Saturday, March 24th, in Lake Ozark.  Also returning will be the Double Down (13.1M + 10K) and All-In (13.1M + 10K + 5K) Challenges.  A new, more scenic starting line and other course changes are in store for 2018.  (Course maps will be posted on the race website once the course distances are certified.)  The race starts at 7:30 a.m., with race-day registration available beginning at 6:00 a.m.

The event is organized by the Lake of the Ozarks chapter of the non-profit Missouri Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and each year draws more out-of-town runners to the Lake area than any other race.

Online registration is open.  Note that entry fees will rise on January 1st, and again after online registration closes on March 22nd

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HA HA HALF MARATHON (posted December 7th) 

Details have been announced for the inaugural Ha Ha Half Marathon, a trail run to be held at Ha Ha Tonka State Park on Saturday, May 5, 2018.   The run will start at 10:00 a.m.

The first thing to know is that the inaugural event will be a fun run, and not a race. (A full-fledged race, on a certified course, is planned for 2019.)   Thus, there will be no t-shirts or medals, but also no entry fees.  There will, however, be free food and drinks at the finish line.

Check out the event's Facebook page for additional details.

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ELDON ROCK ISLAND ROAD RACE (posted November 6th)

A brand-new race is coming to Eldon next June.  The inaugural Eldon Rock Island Road Race will be held on Saturday, June 9th, and will feature 15K and 10K race distances.  It will start at 7:00 a.m. at the Rock Island Park in the heart of Eldon. The race is organized by and benefits the Miller County Child Advocacy Council, which organized the former Run for the Children Half Marathon for five years.

Course information is not yet available.

Split-Second Timing will handle race timing and results.

Registration is already open.  You can register online, or click here to download a mail-in registration form.   Entry fees will rise on January 1st, May 16th, and on race day.

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CAN-AM POLICE-FIRE GAMES  (posted January 14th)

It's subject to change, but here's a quick look at the schedule for some of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games coming to the Lake of the Ozarks at the end of June.   You can find a tentative schedule for all events here.

The events are open to police and fire personnel, as well as their spouses and adult children.

JUNE 25 - JULY 1, 2018
Start Time
    5K Wednesday
June 27
8:00 a.m.
    10K Friday
June 29
8:00 a.m.
    Time Trial Tuesday
June 26
8:00 a.m.
    Road Race Wednesday
June 27
8:00 a.m.
    Criterium Thursday
June 28
8:00 a.m.
June 26
8:00 a.m.
    5K Tuesday
June 26
8:00 a.m.
    10K Thursday
June 28
8:00 a.m.
    21K (half marathon) Sunday
July 1
8:00 a.m.
June 27
9:00 a.m.
   Sprint Sunday
July 1
8:00 a.m.

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4 FORE 30 (posted December 4th) 

A new and unconventional running race is coming to the Lake area in December 2018. The 4 Fore 30 (Facebook page) will be held at Lake Valley Golf & Country Club west of Camdenton, and will benefit Kids Harbor.

The race is much more a test of physical and mental endurance than speed.  Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on December 1st, competitors will run a four-mile course on the golf club's cart paths, and have one hour in which to complete it.  (Failure to complete a lap within sixty minutes will end your race.)  Runners begin another lap at the top of each hour until either the last remaining runner stops, or 30 hours have elapsed, whichever comes first.   Thus, runners could race as few as four miles, or as many as 120.

Registration will open in January, and will be limited to 100 participants.

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Race Name
Jan 7 Hangover Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K (rescheduled from January 1st) Overland Park, KS
Jan 14 Chevron Houston Marathon Marathon & Half Houston, TX
Jan19-20 David's Trail Endurance Run
50K: Gary Braman, Chris Boyle;
25K: John Shelby
Friday night:  11K (new for 2018)
Saturday:  50K, 25K & 7K
Mountain Home, AR
Jan 20 Wildwood Frozen Feet 13.1M Trail Race Half Marathon Wildwood, MO
Jan 27 Cabin Reliever 20K &
Resolution 5K
20K & 5K Rogersville, MO
Jan 27 St. Louis Track Club Frostbite Series Half Marathon & 4-mile St. Louis, MO
Feb 3 Chocolate Rush Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K Olathe, KS
Feb 10 Run with the Wind 25K 25K; solo and 3-team relay Sarcoxie, MO
Feb 10 Heart of the Ozarks Half Marathon, relay & 10K West Plains, MO
Feb 11 Fort Smith Marathon Marathon/Half/relays Fort Smith, AR
Feb 24 Clinton Historic Half Marathon & 5K
Half Marathon & 5K Clinton, MO
Feb 24 Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run 50K, 20-mile & 10-mile trail runs Kansas City, KS
March 3 Liberty Hospital Half
Half Marathon & 5K Kansas City, MO
March 4 Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans
Marathon: Curtis Wehmeyer
Marathon & Half New Orleans, LA
March 4 Little Rock Marathon Marathon, Half & 10K Little Rock, AR
March 10 Racing for Daylight Ultra Event See listing Waynesville, MO
March 10 Lucky 13.1 Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K Peculiar, MO
March 17 Dublin's Pass ShamRox Run 15K & 5K Springfield, MO
March 17 ShamRox Columbia 15K & 5K Rocheport, MO
March 16,17,18 3 Days of Syllamo Day 1:  50K
Day 2:  50 miles
Day 3:  20K
Blanchard Springs, AR
March 17 Sedalia Half Marathon
(Facebook page)
Half Marathon & 5K Sedalia, MO
March 24 Bridge & Dam Half Marathon, 10K, 5K; Double Down (half+10K) and All-In (half+10K+5K) Challenges Lake Ozark, MO
March 24 Highline Run for Scouting Half Marathon & 5K Springfield, MO
March 25 Relay & Run for 21K Half Marathon, 7K & Relay St. Louis, MO
April 1 Mission Run in the Ozarks Marathon/Half/5K Mountain Home, AR
April 7 Do or Die Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K Rocheport to Boonville, MO
April 7 Big Party Half Marathon Half Marathon & 5K Springfield, MO
April 8 GO! St. Louis
Marathon/Relay/Half St. Louis, MO
April 8 Brew to Brew 43.5 miles--solo and relays Kansas City to Lawrence, KS
April 4-8 Super Awesome! MIssouri Edition Choose among five races in five days (5K/10K, Half, 26.2K, Marathon, 50K) Sikeston, MO
April 14 Badge of Honor Run Half Marathon/10K/5K Poplar Bluff, MO
April 14 Rock the Parkway Half Marathon & 5K Kansas City, MO
April 14 Hogeye Marathon & Relays
Marathon/Half/Relays Fayetteville, AR
April 14 Double Chubb Trail Race 50K & 25K Eureka, MO
April 14 Go Girl Run--Springfield Half Marathon & 5K Springfield, MO
April 21 Garmin Marathon Marathon/Half//10K Olathe, KS
April 22 Northland Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K Riverside, MO (near KC)
April 28 Illinois Marathon
Marathon/Half/10K/5K Champaign-Urbana, IL
April 28 Frisco Railroad Run 50 miles/50K/
Marathon/Half/10-mile & 8K
Willard, MO
April 29 Run for Their Lives
Half Marathon & 5K Owensville, MO
April 29 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Marathon/Relay/Half/5K Oklahoma City, OK
May 5 Ha Ha Half Marathon Half marathon trail run Ha Ha Tonka State Park
May 7

Independence Half Marathon

Half Marathon & 5K Independence, MO
May 12 Running with the Cows Half Marathon & 5K Bucyrus, KS
May 12 RiverTownRun Half Marathon & 5K Washington, MO
May 20
Striker Life Half Marathon Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO
May 19 Joplin Memorial Run Marathon/Half & 5K
Joplin, MO
May 19 Geist Half Marathon
Half: Scott Gray
Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Fishers, IN
May 19 Berryman 50-Mile & Marathon
50-Mile & Marathon Steelville, MO
May 20 Great American Bacon Race Half Marathon & 5K Branson, MO
May 21 Race 13.1 St. Louis Half Marathon & 5K St. Charles, MO
June 2 Go Girl Run--Columbia Half Marathon & 5K Columbia, MO
June 2 GO! Missouri KT82 Trail Relay 82-mile Katy Trail relay race St. Louis to Hermann, MO
June 2

Hospital Hill Run

Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Kansas City, MO
June 9 Eldon Rock Island Road Race 15K and 10K Eldon, MO
June 10 Run for a Vet Half Marathon & 5K Branson, MO
June 10 In2Action Trail Run Half Marathon & 5K Columbia, MO
July 15 Get Your Butt Kicked @ Route 66 6-hour run Eureka, MO
July 21 Psycho Psummer Trail Run 50K, 20-mile, 10-mile Kansas City, KS
Aug 18 Harder Than Hell Half Marathon Half Marathon Highlandville, MO
Aug 27 Corps of Discovery Half Marathon & 5-Mile trail runs St. Charles, MO
Sep 2 Forrest Gump Challenge 50K, Marathon, Half & 5K Reeds Spring, MO
Sep 3 Flatlanders 6/12 Hour Run 6 or 12 hours Fenton, MO
Sep 3 Heart of America Marathon
Marathon Columbia
Sep 16 Go Girl Run--Kansas City Half Marathon & 5K Kansas City, MO
Sep 16-17 Mark Twain 50/100
50 & 100 miles Mark Twain Forest
Sep 15 North Shore Trail Run 5K/10K, Half Lawrence, KS
Sep 23 Pub 2 Pub Half Marathon Half Marathon Rolla, MO
Sep 24 Broadway Bridge Run 5K/10K, Half Kansas City, MO
Sep 23 Quad Cities Marathon Marathon/Half/5K Moline, IL
Sep 30 Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival
10K, Half Columbia, MO
Sep 30 Run the Burg 5K/10K, Half Warrensburg, MO
Sep 30 Pony Express Run Half Marathon & 5K St. Joseph, MO
Sep 29 Belleville Main Street Marathon Marathon Belleville, IL
Sep 30 Mother Road Marathon Marathon/Half/5K Joplin, MO
Oct 7

MO' Cowbell Marathon

5K, Half & Marathon St. Charles, MO
Oct 1 Double Road Race 10K+5K Overland Park, KS
Oct 7 Grand Country Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K Branson, MO
Oct 7 Frog Hill Half Marathon & 5K/10K Half Marathon & 10K
(5K on Friday evening)
Waynesville, MO
Oct 7 Panther Run 5K/10K/15K Springfield, MO
Oct 7 Rock Bridge Revenge 7 miles, 25K, 50K Columbia, MO
Oct 7 Chicago Marathon Marathon Chicago, IL
Oct 14 Bear Creek Run Half Marathon Columbia, MO
Oct 14 AdventureMax Springfield Trail Run 10K, Half Highlandville, MO
Oct 15 Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis 5K (on Sat.), 10K & Half Marathon St. Louis
Oct 20 Kansas City Marathon 5K, 10K, Half & Marathon Kansas City, MO
Oct 21 Des Moines Marathon Marathon/Half/5K Des Moines, IA
Oct 22 Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race 5K/10K, Half St. Louis, MO
Oct 27-28 Outback in the Ozarks
200-mile team relay Eureka Springs, AR
Oct 28 FLATS Trail Half Marathon Half Marathon Kirksville, MO
Oct 29 Spooky Sprint Half(aka "Halloween Hustle") Half Maathon/10K/5K Kansas City, MO
Nov 3 Ozark Trail 100 100 miles Steelville, MO
Nov 3 Fayetteville Half Marathon Half & 5K Fayetteville, AR
Nov 4-5 The Skippo Trail Race 10K/20K/30K St. Louis, MO
Nov 4 Kansas Half Marathon Half Marathon & 5K Lawrence, KS
Nov 4 Bass Pro Shops
5K, Half & Marathon Springfield, MO
Nov 4 St. Louis Half Marathon
5K, Half St. Louis
Nov 4 New York City Marathon
Marathon New York, NY
Nov 11 Longview Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K Kansas City, MO
Nov 10 Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs 15K Lampe, MO
Nov 11 Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs 25K & 50K Lampe, MO
Nov 17 Honoring Our Heroes Marathon/Half/5K Salem to Rolla, MO
Nov 17 White River Marathon for Kenya Marathon/Half/5K Cotter, AR
Nov 18 Route 66 Marathon
Half & Marathon Tulsa, OK
Nov 18 Pilgrim Pacer Run 5K/10K, Half, Marathon Shawnee, KS
Dec 1 4 Fore 30 4-mile loops run hourly until last runner stops, or 30 hours have elpased, whichever comes first Camdenton, MO
Dec 1 Alternate Chili Trail Run 10 miles Kansas City, KS
Dec 1 Cheese & Sauerkraut 10-Miler 10 miles Columbia, MO
Dec 1 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend Marathon/Half/5K Memphis, TN
Dec 2 Wildwood Trail Marathon Marathon Wildwood, MO (west of St. Louis)
Dec 8 36 Hours of Jack
200K/100K/80K/50K/30K/15K/5K & 100-mile Carthage, MO
Dec 9 Half & Half / Double Half Half & Marathon Tulsa, OK
Dec 15 Jacob Wells 3 Bridges Marathon Marathon Little Rock, AR
Dec 29 Run for the Ranch
Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half and 6-Hour Run Springfield

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Race Name
Apr 22 The Chain of Rocks Bridge Duathlon 1.5-mile run, 12-mile bke, 1.5-mile run St. Louis, MO
May 6

TriZou Triathlon & DuZou Duathlon

Sprint triathlon:  400-meter pool swim, 14-mile bike, 3-mile run
Super sprint triathlon: 100-meter pool swim, 7-mile bike, 1-mile run
Duathlon: 1-mile run, 7-mile bike, 1-mile run
Columbia, MO
May 13 Trek for Trikes Not a true duathlon (run/bike/run), but offers a 10K run or bike, or a 20K bike.  Mostly on the Highline Trail.  Event raises funds to provide adaptive tricycles to children with disabilities. Bolivar, MO
May 13 Kansas City Triathlon
Sprint: 500-meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run
Olympic: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Duathlon: 1.5-mile run, 20K bike, 5K run
Kansas City, MO
May 20 St. Louis Triathlon Sprint:  750-meter swim, 12.4-mile bike, 5K run
Olympic:  1500-meter swim, 24.8-mile bike, 10K run
St. Louis, MO
May 27 Iron Horse Duathlon Duathlon:  5K run, 30K bike, 5K run Parsons, KS
June 10 Halfmax Championship & Quartermax Triathlons Halfmax Championship: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
QuarterMax: 0.6-mile swim, 28-mile bike, 10K run
Innsbrook, MO
June 11 Jefferson City Triathlon &
Triathlon: 400-meter pool swim, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Duathlon: 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Jefferson City, MO
June 3 Legend Free State Tri

Sprint:  500-yard swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run
Olympic:  1500-meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Legend 70:  1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Legend 100:  2-mile swim, 80-mile bike, 18-mile run

Lawrence, KS
June 17 Topeka Tinman Triathlon Short course: 400-meter swim, 13-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Long course: 1,000-meter swim, 19-mile bike, 7-mile run
Topeka, KS
Jun 24 Neosho Sprint Triathlon
Triathlon: 300-yard indoor pool swim, 12.5-mile bike, 3.1-mile run;
Neosho, MO
July 7 Big Shark New Town Kids Triathlon 0.62-mile swim, 20-mile bike, 4-mile run New Town St. Charles, MO
July 8 Big Shark New Town Triathlon 0.62-mile swim, 20-mile bike, 4-mile run New Town St. Charles, MO
July 9 Summer Roundup Triathlon Sprint: 500-meter swim, 12.3-mile bike, 5K run
Olympic: 1500-meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Jasper, MO
July 8 Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon Short course: 500-meter swim, 9-mile bike, 3.2-mile run
Long course: 1,000-meter swim, 18-mile bike, 4.5-mile run
Shawnee, KS
July 15 Mighty Max Kids Triathlon Four age-appropriate distances for children up to age 14 Columbia, MO
July 23 Show-Me State Games Triathlon & Duathlon Triathlon: 0.5-mile swim, 15-mile bike, 3-mile run
Duathlon: 15-mile bike, 3-mile run
Columbia, MO
July 28 WIN for KC Women's Triathlon & Duathlon Triathlon:  500-meter swim, 10-mile bike, 5K run
Duathlon:  1.5-mile run, 10-mile bike, 5K run
Smithville, MO
July 28 Route 66 Half Iron Triathlon 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run Springfield, IL
July 30 Lake Freebird Triathlon & Duathlon Triathlon:  660-meter swim, 14-mile bike, 5K run
Beginners (non-competitive):  300-meter swim, 10-mile bike, 1.3-mile run
Duathlon:  14-mile bike, 5K run
Mountain Grove, MO
Aug 6 Stockton Lake Tri Wild-Life Challenge Short course: 500-meter swim, 10.4-mile bike, 5K run
Long course: 1,000-meter swim, 20.8-mile bike, 10K run
Stockton, MO
Aug 5 Matt Mason Memorial Cowboy-UP! Triathlon 500-meter swim, 11-mile bike, 5K run Kansas City, MO
Aug 10 Republic Youth Tigger Tri Distances to be announced Republic, MO
Aug11 Republic Tiger Tri Super Sprint: 150-yard swim; 6.1-mile bike, 1.5-mile run
Classic Sprint: 300-yard swim, 12.2-mile bike, 5K run
Republic, MO
Aug 12 Warrensburg Triathlon SuperKids Tri:  (distances not available)
  3-person relay
"98.5 The Bar" Tri:  300-meter swim, 10-mile bike, 5K run
Warrensburg, MO
Aug 19 Lake St. Louis Triathlon Short course:  0.25-mile swim, 12.3-mile bike, 2.5-mile run
Long course: 0.93-mile swim, 24-mile bike, 10K run
Lake St. Louis, MO
Sep 10 Legend Ad Astra Triathlon Sprint:  500-yard swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run
Olympic:  1500-meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Legend 70:  1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Lawrence, KS
Sep 16 Redman Triathlon Full:  2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Half: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Oklahoma City, OK
Sep 24 Sedalia Duathlon Short course:  2-mile run, 8-mile bike, 1-mile run
Long course:  5K run, 30K bike, 5K run
Sedalia, MO

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Race/Event Name
Feb 24 Rocheport Roubaix 20, 50 and 70 miles Rocheport, MO
April 9 MoBikeFed Ride with Legislators   Jefferson City, MO
April 28 The Epic (gravel road bike races) 150 and 80 miles Lake of the Ozarks
May 12 Vino Fondo 38, 58, 91 and 118 miles Augusta, MO
May 21 The Hairy Hundred 100-mile gravel road race Katy Trail near Columbia, MO
May 21 Down 'n Dirty Varies by division Warsaw, MO
May 27-28 Pedaler's Jamboree Music and cycling event on the Katy Trail Columbia, MO
May 29 Tour of Kansas City Gran Fondo 20, 50, 60, 75 and 100 miles Kansas City, MO
June 2 Dirty Kanza 200 200 miles Emporia, KS
June 3 Tour de Cure 10, 30, 50 and 100 miles Alton, IL
Jun 10-16 Big BAM Bicycle ride across Missouri Weston to Louisiana, MO
June 10 Cycle for Life 10, 25 and 50 miles Ozark, MO
June 17 Queen City Century 22, 45, 60, 82 and 100 miles Springfield, MO
June 24 Tour de Lakes 10, 32, 55 and 65 miles Lee's Summit, MO
July 9 Tour de Jeff 15-mile nighttime bike ride Jefferson City, MO
July 15 World Naked Bike Ride--St. Louis   St. Louis, MO
July 22 Show-Me State Games Road Cycling Race 19 and 28 miles Callaway County, MO
July 30 Show-Me State Games Mountain Bike Race 1, 1-1/2, and 3 hours Columbia, MO
Aug 5 MO State Time Trial Championship 20K or 40K, depending on division Centraiia, MO
Aug 5 Moonlight Ramble 10.5 and 18.5 miles St. Louis, MO
Aug 19 Svitak Freedom Ride 10, 25, 40, 67 and 100 miles Springfield, MO
Aug 26 Red Shoe Ride 35, 60 and 100 miles Columbia, MO
Aug 26 BikeMO 30, 65 and 90 miles (24 and 50 miles for Katy Trail option) Rocheport, MO
Sep 1-3 Singletrackmind Festival Mountain biking, trail runs, etc. on the Two Rivers Bike Trail Springfield, MO
Sep 9 Pony Express Dash 120- and 75-mile gravel road races Maryville, KS
Sep 9-10 Bike MS Four distances offered Godfrey, IL
Sep 16
Moonlight Ramble
(reschdule date)
10.5 and 18.5 miles St. Louis, MO
Sep 23-24 Pedal the Cause 15, 25, 37, 50, 75 & 100 miles St. Louis, MO
Sep 24 Rhett's Run Mountain bike race Columbia, MO
Sep 30 Tour de BBQ 15, 35 and 62 miles Overland Park, KS
Oct 1 Tour de Wildwood 28 and 45 miles Wildwood, MO
Oct 7 Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life 25, 50 and 100 miles St. Charles, MO
Oct 8 Tour de Bass Bike Rides 25, 42, 77 and 102 miles Springfield, MO
Oct 14-15 Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival Ride 9.5 miles from Jefferson City on the Katy Trail  
Oct 21 Cuban Gravel Crisis 20, 50 and 100 mile bike rides Cuba, MO
Oct 21 BT Epic Mountain bike race on the Berryman Trail Steelville, MO
Nov 4 Red Dog 100 Gravel road race Jefferson City, MO

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Race Name & River
Distance(s) & Boat Type
May 31 Lake Race "Paddle Battle" Paddleboard races Lake of the Ozarks
June 10-11 Osage Howler
Trevor Dowdney (61 miles)
Race: 61 miles
Fun Run: 14 miles
Osage River
July 22 Firecracker Race
(Mississippi River -- Alton Pool)
Canoes & kayaks -- 12 miles
Paddlboards -- 3 miles
Alton, IL
Aug 27 Race for the Rivers
(Missouri River)
20 and 40 miles; canoes & kayaks Washington, MO
Sep xx
(cancelled for 2017)
Fall 36 Race
(Osage, Missouri and Gasconade Rivers)
36 miles
Canoes, kayaks & paddleboards
Starts near Loose Creek; ends at Gasconade
Sep 30 Race to the Dome
(Missouri River)
Providence (26.6 miles) or Hartsburg (15.8 miles) to Jefferson City Jefferson City, MO
Oct 28 Chattajack 31
(Tennessee River)
Trevor Dowdney
31 miles; paddleboard & kayaks Chattanooga, TN

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