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Missouri > Roots & Blues BBQ Festival Half Marathon & 10K
Columbia, MO  •  Saturday, September 27, 2014  •  Course Map

Columbia's Roots & Blues & BBQ Festival Half Marathon & 10K saw more than 1,300 runners cross the finish line in both races combined in 2012, including just over 800 finishers in the half marathon alone, for a race that's filled with numerous rolling hills and took the place of the old Columbia Half Marathon Challenge that was run in past years.

Note: The 2014 race will move to a new course at Columbia's Stephens Lake Park. When finalized course info is available, it will be published here. Below is the info on last year's race.

The course for the half marathon race starts at Columbia's Flat Branch Park, near the corner of 5th Street and Elm Street, on the edge of the campus of the University of Missouri. From there, runners begin a route that takes them along a combination of paved city streets as well as sections of the Katy Trail, which winds more than 220 miles across the state from Clinton in the western part of the state all the way east to St. Louis.

Situated on what was once a railroad, the trail features fast, flat groomed natural surfaces that will be a welcome respite from the sometime challenging hills on other portions of the race course.

The rest of the course will take runners through downtown Columbia, along streets on the campus of the University of Missouri and through parts of the city's southwestern neighborhoods. Once they're finished, runners and their friends and family can enjoy the Roots & Blues Barbecue Festival, which will kick off following the race at Flat Branch Park, where the race will finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the banks of the Missouri River near the center of the state, along Interstate 70 about half-way between Kansas City to the west and St. Louis to the east, Columbia typically sees some of its mildest weather of the year in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 26°F (in 1895) and as high as 104°F (in 1893).

September Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 56°F Low: 51°F Rain: 3.87 in.
High: 79°F High: 74°F Snow: 0 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Roots & Blues BBQ Festival Half Marathon


See race website


To reserve your spot in the early fall 2014 running of Columbia's Roots & Blues BBQ Festival Half Marathon or 10K race, visit the event website.

Official Race Website


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