Scenes from the Go St. Louis Half Marathon

13 Apr

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Barb and I have run the Go! St. Louis half marathon or marathon several times since moving to eastern Iowa about 13 years ago. It’s a fun, well-organized race in a neat Midwestern town. Barb and I really didn’t have any expectations for our performance in the race this year — it wasn’t an “A” race or even a “B” race. And maybe that’s why we did so well and enjoyed it so much. If you get a chance to run it, do it.

Over the years, we’ve found a few places to visit that make the trip even more enjoyable.

This time, we ate our pre-race dinner at the Schlafly Tap Room, located just a few blocks from our Drury Hotel, which was just a few blocks itself from the start line. Simple food and good beer at the tap room, which is housed in an architecturally appealing brick and timber building. I had the spinach lasagna with a raspberry Hefeweizen (the St. Louis version of a Purple Haze!). We took home a growler of a high-alcohol Imperial Stout. Good stuff.

And we had our post-race meal at Bailey’s Range, which was within walking distance of the finish line. The place featured unique burgers and sandwiches, and what they called “boozy shakes.” Barb had a white chocolate raspberry shake, while I had a Bulleit mint julep. Also, a great place for simple food with a twist.

A few other things I’d recommend from past trips:

  • Visit Laclede’s Landing, just off downtown
  • The Drunken Fish offers good sushi at Laclede’s
  • If sushi isn’t your thing, we’ve eaten a couple of times at Morgan Street Brewery, and enjoyed it both times
  • Of course, if you’re new to St. Louis, visit the Gateway Arch, also near Laclede’s and downtown. The view from the top of the arch makes the unique elevator ride worth the trip.
  • I recently read this book about the arch. It talks quite a bit about the difficulties in constructing an elevator for such an odd shaped structure. Good book.
  • It seems nearly every runner feels the need to have pasta before a race (not me), and St. Louis boasts a historic Italian neighborhood, the Hill, with a number of authentic restaurants. We’ve eaten at Zia’s twice, and you won’t walk away hungry. Perhaps the most famous is Charlie Gitto’s.
  • And if you’re looking to get off your feet for a few hours and just relax, try the Chase Park Plaza movie theaters, located near downtown. Added benefit: the theater serves mixed drinks and beer.

6 Responses to “Scenes from the Go St. Louis Half Marathon”

  1. Still a Runner May 11, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    Love the dining review. Local cuisine is something I look forward to at any destination race.


    • Mark Smidt May 11, 2014 at 6:29 am #

      It’s definitely half the fun for us, Mary Lou.


  2. activeharmony May 13, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Great post! We moved to San Diego from Des Moines, and we know a few people who have run the Go St. Louis 1/2 marathon and loved it!


    • Mark Smidt May 13, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      Des Moines is a really fun race, too, as you can see elsewhere on my blog. My daughter now lives down near Court Avenue, and there are plenty of fun things to do before the race, and the numbers make it a very manageable event.

      My wife and daughter have done San Diego, and that’s one of our favorite towns. I get out there at least once a year for business. Love running down by the Embarcadero and the harbor.


      • activeharmony May 15, 2014 at 10:03 am #

        Des Moines is a fun race! G has done it a couple of times, but I was always out of town for work that weekend when we lived there. Maybe one day! Court Ave is definitely a fun place.

        Glad to hear you love running in San Diego when you are out this way. Give us a shout the next time you and your wife are in town!


      • Mark Smidt May 15, 2014 at 10:15 am #

        That would be fun.


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