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Heart of America Marathon, since 1960, held on Labor Day in Columbia, Missouri, Elevation 560' to 806'.

Registration for the 60th running of the
Heart of America Marathon & Fun Team Relay
opens February 14, 2019

Heart of America Marathon
Labor Day, since 1960 heart2.gif (4940 bytes) Columbia, Missouri

Race Day Instructions and Information:
Starting Time:
6:00 a.m. central daylight savings time (CDT), the first Monday in September
NEW for 2019 - Fun Team Relay:
The Relay Team may have 2 - 4 members who work together to complete the traditional marathon course. Relay legs are 7 miles (Start to Smith Hatchery & Dothage), 5.5 miles (Smith Hatchery & Dothage to Sapp/Nashville Church), 8.2 (Sapp/Nashville Church to Nifong Park), and 5.2 (Nifong Park to Finish).
Pre-race Banquet:
You may register for the pre-race banquet during the registration process for $20. Additional guests may also attend for $20. More information is on the registration website.
Entry Fee:
Marathon - $60.00 until July 4th, $75.00 July 5th- August 1st, $85.00 after August 1st.
Relay Team (2-4 members) - $120 from April 1 - July 4th; $140 from July 5th - August 1st. $160 after August 1.
Entry Deadline:
The Saturday before Labor Day at noon. There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
Fitness for Event:
No one should attempt this race without proper training and medical advice. Any runner must retire from the race at once if directed to do so by an event official or physician. A sweep vehicle will pick up runners who are not able to complete the marathon in the allotted time. THERE IS A SIX HOUR TIME LIMIT. The finish area will close at noon.
Registration/More Information:
Runsignup | Who's Registered?
Chip Timing provided by:
Kinetic Timing
Packet Pickup:
Sunday, September 1st from 2:00 - 5:00 at TryAthletics - 1605 Chapel Hill Rd. Columbia, MO 65203. Race Day: 5:00 - 5:30 a.m. at the Start Line - Cosmo-Bethel Park, 4500 Bethel St. No switching of shirt sizes at packet pick up. If we have extra sizes after the race, we might be able to swap your shirt.
"Like" Heart of America on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/heartofamericamarathon for updates and to send messages, or email the race directors at comoheart1960@gmail.com
Aid Stations:
Aid Stations are about every two miles with water, Gatorade, ice, and enthusiastic volunteers.

Portable toilets will be located at the start and finish, and at approximately Mile 3.5, Mile 7, Mile 12.5, Mile 18 and Mile 20.6.

Post Race:
Post race festivities will be held at the finish line - Cosmo-Bethel Park. Check our Facebook for updates on postrace fun! Food and refreshments provided from 10:00 - noon. Free pizza to all HOA entrants and volunteers.
Overall awards and age group awards will be given for the marathon. The relay will give awards to the top 3 overall teams regardless of gender. The award ceremony will take place at the pavilion next to the finish line between noon and 12:15. Awards will not be mailed.
Hotels and other Columbia information can be found at http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com.
Stoney Creek Hotel - 2601 S. Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203, 800-659-2220 is closest to the finish line.
Hampton Inn - 1225 Fellow's Place, Columbia, MO 65201, 574-214-2222 is closest to the start line.
The course is USATF certified - # coming soon.