Planning your 2019 athletic event schedule? Maybe you are thinking about doing a new distance or a new type of event all together. We have complied a list of the top Ten Spring Races to do around the region that are must attend. From running events of all distances to gravel cycling events and triathlons, there is something for everyone.
1. Go Girl Run Series
Join thousands of women across the Midwest for Go Girl Run- a celebration of fitness, friendship and sisterhood. This run series provides a fun, easy-going environment that women of all ages and fitness backgrounds will love. Go Girl is more than a run; it is an event experience geared towards celebrating achievements of the women that participate. Between the above and beyond swag and the atmosphere of positivity, every group of girlfriends will enjoy this experience.
Date: March 23, April 14, June 1 & August 25 Location: Oklahoma City, OK, Springfield, MO, Columbia, MO & Kansas City, MO Distance Options: Half Marathon & 5K Highlights: High quality finisher tee, rose gold finisher medal, finisher wine glass, post-race smoothies, and free professional photos Website:http://gogirlrun.com
2. TriZou Triathlon
In it’s 20th year, TriZou Triathlon has grown to be the largest pool swim triathlon in the nation. TriZou is also one of the most popular early-season triathlons in the region. This annual sprint triathlon is the perfect triathlon for those wanting to get started in the sport. The event is staged on the University of Missouri campus, with the popular time trial pool start in the amazing state-of-the-art MU competition pool. The DuZou Duathlon and SuperSprint are additional options for those wanting to get a start in multi-sport events. This is the ideal event for all multi athletes!
Date: May 5 Location: Columbia, MO Distance Options: Sprint, SuperSprint, Duathlon & Relay Highlights: Custom printed gender specific technical shirt, finisher item for all participants, post-race food, swim at the famous Mizzou Aquatic Center, overall and age division awards Website:http://racetrizou.com
3. Trolley Run
Trolley Run is one of the largest timed four-mile road races in the country. The fast and flat downhill course is a quintessential Kansas City experience and a beloved tradition. Trolley Run is the largest annual fundraiser for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. All funds raised from the race go toward critical programming at the center. Put this race on your calendar this season to compete in a unique distance for a good cause.
Date: April 28 Location: Kansas City, MO Distance Options: 4 mile & kids fun run. Highlights: Great cause, fast course, fun atmosphere, post-race food assortment and live music Website:http://trolleyrun.org
4. Kansas City Triathlon
The historic Kansas City Triathlon is one of the largest multi-distance triathlons in the region and offers a world-class racer experience. This flat, fast course travels through the scenic terrain of Jackson County, Missouri. With duathlon, sprint, olympic and olympic relay race options, this event is the perfect way to dive into the sport of triathlon.
Date: May 12 Location: Kansas City, MO Distance Options: Sprint, Olympic, elite, relay & duathlon Highlights: High quality apparel item, finisher glass, finisher medal for all racers, closed bike and run courses, post-race food & beer, participant photos and overall and top 4 age division awards. Website:http://kansascitytriathlon.com
5. Big Bam Ride
The Big BAM Ride is Missouri’s cross state bike tour and music festival along Route 66. Over five days of riding you’ll experience the stunning hospitality of small towns, gorgeous roads, and incredible live music every night. You have a variety of length options to choose what best suits you. However long you ride, it will be the adventure of a lifetime.
Date: June 9-15 Location: Across Missouri Distance Options: 1 Day, 3 Day, and Weeklong Highlights: Scenic Route Across Missouri, Food Vendors, Beer Gardens, Live Bands, Full Stocked Water and Snack Stops, Showers, SAG Support, and Tent and Room Rental. Website:https://www.bigbamride.com/
6. Garmin Marathon
The 17th annual Garmin Marathon is here- a full marathon, half marathon, 10k and kids run through the beautiful streets and trails of Olathe. Dress in your best Wizard of Oz gear for this fun themed run. The city of Olathe is just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Kansas City, located in Johnson County, Kansas. Put Garmin on your calendar to experience Midwest charm in the Land of Oz.
Date: April 13 Location: Olathe, KS Distance Options: Full, Half, 10K & Kids Run Highlights: Quality participant tee, Wizard of Oz themed, post-race snacks and drink, Event App and free photos Website:http://ozrun.org
7. EPIC 150
Are you looking for an Epic Adventure gravel ride? EPIC is Missouri’s premier road endurance race with 150-mile and 80-mile loop route options through Ozark gravel goodness. Upon finishing this epic adventure you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you took this beast of a race head on and conquered the day. Add this event to your spring list for an amazing sense of accomplishment.
Date: April 27 Location: Lake of the Ozarks, MO Distance Options: 150 miles & 80 miles Highlights: High quality finisher shirt, post-race food and beer, live music, Chip Timed, Insured event and awards for top finishers Website:http://epic150.com
8. Wizarding Run
Are you a runner that loves all things wizards and witches? If so, grab your wand, hop on your broom, and plan to join the Wizarding Run. Take a magical journey through your town with wizardly sights and sounds along the way. Distances include a 5K and a 1 Mile Fun Run. Costumes are highly encouraged, making Wizarding a must attend!
Date: May 11, June 22 & June 29 Location: Springfield, MO, Kansas City, MO & Tulsa, OK Distance Options: 5k & 1 mile Fun Run Highlights: Wizard theme, one of a kind event shirt with color options, finisher medal and a custom wand Website:https://wizardingrun.com
9. Joplin Memorial Run
One of the friendliest cities in America; Joplin, Missouri, is host for two days of competitive running, running related events and entertainment for the entire family. The Joplin Memorial Run was created as a way to honor the 161 people who lost their lives in the May 22, 2011 tornado and to provide hope to the Joplin community while at the same time staging a first class event that runners will come back for again and again. Those not from Joplin will feel like they are part of the Joplin community as the whole city gets behind this event every year. The event offers half marathon, 5K and kids run options making it a great event for the whole family. With a live and energetic atmosphere, this is a race to put on your calendar.
Date: May 17 & 18 Location: Joplin, MO Distance Options: Half, 5K & Kids Run Highlights: Gender specific participant tee, live results, post-race food, high quality finisher medals and entertainment Website:http://joplinmemorialmarathon.com
10. St. Louis Triathlon
Taking place at the scenic and local favorite, Creve Coeur Park, the St. Louis Triathlon is ideal for both veterans and those new to the multi-sport experience. A race like no other, with YOUR experience as the primary focus. Swim buoys every 100 meters, a transition area like no other, closed highway lanes, special bibs for returning athletes, an amazing run, an EPIC finisher medal, and so much more. The Lou Fusz Subaru St. Louis Triathlon is one to consider this spring.
Date: May 18 Location: St. Louis, MO Distance Options: Olympic, Sprint, Olympic Relay & Sprint Relay Highlights: High quality gender specific tee, visor, finisher glass, epic finisher medal, scenic route and category awards Website:http://www.mseracing.com/stl-tri.html/