Missouri > Joker's Wild Half Marathon & 5K
Sunday, July 18, 2010
More than 470 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined at
the summer 2009 running of St. Louis's Joker's Wild Half Marathon
road race, which marks its fourth annual running in 2010 on
the St. Louis summertime running race calendar. Made up of a 6.5-mile
quarter-marathon distance course that participants in the half marathon
run twice, the race keeps runners together in a fairly tight loop route
within the Maryland Heights section of the St. Louis metropolitan area.
From the start and finish area at Westport Plaza, which lies just off
the stretch of Interstate 270 that runs north-south along the western
edge of the city, runners make their way around the six and a half mile
loop in a clockwise route, making turns onto Progress Parkway, Kimler
Drive and Weldon Parkway before hitting the long straightaway stretch
along Dorsett Road.
Once runners reach Schaefer Drive, the race begins
its southward turn into the neighborhoods and more residential-style
areas of Maryland Heights, heading along Page Avenue, Ball Drive, Adie
Road, Centerline and Westline Industrial Drive before making it back to
Westport Plaza again, where quarter-marathoners finish their race and
half-marathoners hit the halfway point and begin the second lap of the
course for the final 6.5 miles.
To help runners beat the heat on what promises to no doubt be a warm
and steamy July weekend in St. Louis, race organizers start the
race at 6:00 AM before the real heat arrives later in the day. The race
also is run entirely on paved surfaces -- no gravel or natural trails
of any kind along the course -- and features no significant uphills or
downhills, or other changes in elevation.
The course also will remain
open to traffic during the race, and will be sectioned off by cones
along the road -- so runners will need to keep aware of their
surroundings and possible traffic.
Weather & Climate
Arrive trained and ready for warm-weather running, as July is the St.
Louis metro area's warmest month of the year on average. With monthly
temperatures that normally fall between 91°F and 71°F
in July, expect sunny, hot conditions and possible rainfall, as
precipitation amounts average around 3.78 inches for the month.
Registration is not yet open for the summer 2011 running of St. Louis's
Joker's Wild Half Marathon. Please check back later for updated
information on how to sign up for the race, or visit the race website
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