St. Louis Course Highlights & Fun Facts
Check out some of the course highlights from 2015 that you’ll see on the 2016 course!
Start & Finish Line:
- City Hall was completed in 1904 (after 14 years of construction).
- Soldiers Memorial opened on Memorial Day (May 30, 1938). It houses two military museums.
- This Downtown West Neighborhood surrounds you with 6 individual parks.
Busch Stadium & Ballpark Village: Mile 0.6
- Home of the Cardinals, who over the last 16 seasons, have finished in 1st place 8 different times, won 3 NL pennants and 2 World Series all while drawing over 50 million fans.
- The new Busch stadium was built overlapping the old stadium. The south half was built while games played on in the old stadium. Completed in 2006.
- Ballpark Village was built over the other half of the old ballpark. It was completed in 2014.
- Gateway Arch is the crown jewel of St. Louis. At 630′ tall, it is the world’s tallest arch, and the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. Currently the grounds are under a complete renovation and expected to be completed by its 50th birthday on October 28th.
- A series of 5 block wide parks connects the Mississippi River to the 6 parks at the start line.
Grand Center Arts District: Mile 3.5
- A four block arts and entertainment district home to more than 1,500 cultural events each year.
- Next door to St. Louis University (Mascot = Billikin), and Harris Stow University.
The Grove: Mile 6.5
- The Grove is a diverse, hip, vibrant business and entertainment district stretched along Manchester Road (old Route 66).
- Many independently owned restaurants, premier nightlife, and a thriving center for the LGBT, artist, and cycling communities in the St. Louis area.
Lafayette Square: Mile 11.2
- Lafayette Square Park is the oldest public park west of the Mississippi River.
- The park houses cannons that were part of a British warship from the Revolutionary War.
- Site of many beautiful French style homes, built in the mid 1800’s.
- Much of the park and neighborhood was nearly leveled by a tornado in 1896.
Union Station: Mile 12.7
- This grand building and iconic 280′ clock tower was the world’s largest and busiest railroad station, and its train shed was the largest roof span in the world.
- The famous photograph of Harry Truman holding up the flawed headline, “Dewey Defeats Truman”, was shot at the station.
- Across the street the Aloe Plaza Fountain marks the end of the city parks which flow out from the Gateway Arch. It also marks the approaching end of the race.
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