Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Info for those running STL on Sunday

For those of you running St. Louis this weekend (full, half, relay), let's try to meet for a picture BEFORE the start of the race.
Meet at 6:45 am (race starts at 7:00 am) on the steps of the U.S. Post Office Building (see map) for the "official" Springfield photo! The Post Office is the block east of Union Station on Market Street. It faces the starting area.
A couple other STL tips...
Union Station is open before the race...a great spot for bathrooms (both upstairs and downstairs).
There are plenty of parking ramps as well as ample street parking in the downtown area. Also, Metrolink is a great way to get around, with a stop at Union Station.
Gear check is available at 18th and Chestnut, one block north of the start area.
1:30 p.m. will be the Half Wits post-race gathering at Schlafly's Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street in downtown St. Louis. (www.Schlafly.com for directions).
Duh...Sunday's forecast (not Saturday's) is for a low in the mid 30s and a high in the mid 50s with a mix of sun and clouds. Perfect Half Wits weather!
Have a great time in St. Louis and let us know afterward how it went (or for that matter, share your pre-race thoughts).


Steph said...

Good luck you guys!

Related to the music post (where I contributed my list, including ABBA--top THAT!), I'm wondering if you could explain something for me. On pretty much all of the race rules I've read lately (including those for LM), it says something like "radio headsets" are not allowed. They aren't talking about iPods and other MP3s, are they? Please tell me they aren't, because I don't yet have the courage/moral fiber/desire to run more than 3 miles without mine. That is, I'm hoping the rule has something to do with actual radio stations reporting on the race and giving the listener an unfair advantage or something???

Jeremy Peck said...

No, they are talking about MP3 players and Ipods. The complete running website has an article about this saying that anybody found to have them will have them taken from them and mailed back to them within 2 weeks, and those refusing to give up the equipment will be disqualified from the event and not shown in official results. Apparently the USA Track and Field has adopted this as their new requirement for any event they sponsor.

The issue is one of safety is what I've always heard. They want you to be able to hear your fellow runners and the safety personnel and any approaching vehicles and any course volunteers.

I run with music myself, but I almost always have one ear empty so I can hear anything around me, and I don't wear them in any races.

Steph said...

Man, that's terrible news! Thanks for the complete info., though.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if you can check in before the race or do you have to pick up packets etc...Friday or Saturday only!

Chuck B. said...

Ill be there in St. Louis sunday to root all of you cool people out there...I can only wish I was running.

Keep It Strong!!!

Tim said...

No race day packet pick up for STL.

Here are the details:

The Spirit of St. Louis Marathon Health & Fitness Expo will be held in conjunction with participant packet pick-up. Exhibitors will be marketing running apparel, shoes, and nutritional products as well as providing services. Take advantage of great prices, enjoy free samples, and gather information on nutrition, equipment, and the latest gear!

Adam's Mark Hotel
4th Street & Chestnut
St. Louis, MO 63102

Dates and Times:
Friday, April 13 - 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 14 - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Packet Pick-Up
Packet pick up will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel 4th & Chestnut downtown St. Louis. Registered runners are required to pick up their packets, race numbers, and chips between the hours listed above.

No more than 2 packets may be picked up by one person, except for relay team leaders who retrieve packets for their entire team. Please bring photo ID (or copy if picking up for someone else) and confirmation of registration.

No Race Day Registration or Packet Pick-up on Sunday.

Emily K said...

If you know of anyone that needs a hotel room, please email me asap. My bro Chuck is coming on race day and decided he does not need his hotel room. It is at the Adams Mark, $109 checking in Saturday. If I don't hear from anyone by late Friday night, I will cancel. Thank you!!!! :):):)


Anonymous said...

The thing about the no music - It is pretty much a disclaimer to save their ass in case someone is not paying attention and runs in front of a car. They will have to peel mine off of me and I will be kicking and screaming the whole way.

Cmon - what ever it takes to finish 26.2!!! We need a break.

Kim N.