Running STL: Upcoming Races in Downtown and the Surrounding Area

Grab your sneakers and start training—from fun runs to half- and full marathons, St. Louis runners have a myriad of outdoor options in the coming months. Check out a few of the Downtown and surrounding races coming soon to the St. Louis area.

Snowball Series

The Snowball Series brings St. Louis runners outside all winter to different locations for different sized races. Tour the area while exercising outdoors during the coldest months. Sign up for a 3 mile, 5K, 5 mile, 6K or 4 mile run at

Dec. 9, 2017–Feb. 3, 2018
Multiple Locations

Frostbite Series

Head to Forest Park for five days of running this winter. Discounted rates are available for those who register for the series instead of individual events, and for the first time the half marathon will include finisher medals. Learn more at

Dec. 16, 2017–Feb. 10, 2018
Forest Park

Missouri Lottery 5K Run For Your Beads

Kick off Mardi Gras with a beer- and hurricane-fueled race through historic Soulard. This costume run is themed purple, gold and green and is held the same weekend as the Taste of Soulard, so you can scurry straight from the course to refuel on St. Louis’ tastiest treats. Get details at

Feb. 3, 2018

Run for the Chocolate

Ring in Valentine’s Day with the treat of the season: chocolate! This 5K fun run starts and ends at Bissinger’s Chocolate Factory and includes plenty of the sweet stuff. Runners will even be categorized as “On the Market”, “Off the Market” or “It’s Complicated.” Learn more at

Feb. 10, 2018
Downtown St. Louis

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run

This spring, ring in St. Patrick’s Day at the 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run. This 5-mile event takes runners through Downtown St. Louis, as well as Midtown, and is followed immediately by the balloon- and float-filled St. Patrick’s Day parade. Sign up at

March 17, 2018
Downtown St. Louis

GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fun Weekend

Whether you’re a hobby runner looking to enjoy the 5K or a seasoned athlete ready to run the full marathon, the 18th annual GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fun Weekend is a two-day event featuring a plethora of runs. This event is a Boston Marathon qualifier and spans across two states. Find out more at

April 7–8, 2018
Downtown St. Louis