logo2.gif (2156 bytes)


Course Map


Photo Gallery

Past T-Shirt logos


Results/Race Reports

Past Weather


Columbia Track Club

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:
HOA Runner's Info Sheet
Starting Time:
6:00 a.m. central daylight savings time (CDT), the first Monday in September
Location Address:
Boone County History and Culture Center (Nifong Park), 3801 Ponderosa St, Columbia, MO 65201
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 9.7 miles (Start to Smith Hatchery & Dothage Rd), 5.2 miles (Smith Hatchery & Dothage Rd to Sapp/Nashville Baptist Church), 4.9 miles (Sapp/Nashville Baptist Church to Shooting Star Trailhead, 5411 E Bonne Femme Church Rd), and 6.4 miles (Shooting Star Trailhead to Finish).
Pre-race Banquet celebrating 60 years of continuous running:
This banquet will feature special guests, history, pictures, stories, lore, tall tales . . . and great food! You may register for the pre-race banquet during the registration process for $20. Additional guests may also attend for $20. Please include yourself and the number of guests. The banquet will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St, Columbia, MO 65201 on Sunday, September 1 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. If you need to sign up for just the banquet, you may do so at the RunSignup Store.
Entry Fee:
Marathon - $60.00 from February 14th - July 4th; $75.00 July 5th- August 1st; $85.00 after August 1st.

Relay Team (2-4 members) - $120 from February 14th - July 4th; $140 from July 5th - August 1st; $160 after August 1st.

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 1 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Boone County History and Culture Center (Nifong Park), 3801 Ponderosa St, Columbia, MO 65201. Race Day: 5:00 - 5:30 a.m. at the same location. 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 for updates and to send messages, or email the race directors at comoheart1960@gmail.com
Aid Stations:
Aid stations will be located at State Farm Entrance (Mile 3, water only), Rock Bridge Elementary (Mile 4), Route K/Old Plank (Mile 7), Smith Hatchery/Dothage Rd (Mile 9.7), Bottom of Easley Hill (Mile 12.5), Nashville Church/Sapp (Mile 15), Pierpont (Mile 18), Shooting Star Trailhead (Mile 20), Conservation Office (Mile 22), In and out at Philips Lake (Mile 23), Tolton High School (Mile 24.5), Nocona/near Aria Apartments (Mile 25, water only). Aid stations will be stocked with water, ice, and Heed (except Mile 3 and Mile 25).
Portable Toilets:
Toilet facilities will be located at the Start line, Rock Bridge Elementary (Mile 4), Smith Hatchery/Dothage Rd (Mile 9.7) , Cooper's Landing (nearing Mile 12), Nashville Church/Sapp (Mile 15), Shooting Star Trailhead (Mile 20), Philips Lake (Mile 23) and the Finish area (park bathrooms).
Post Race:
Post-race food is provided at the finish line.The post-race gathering, and awards ceremony will take place in the finish area. Shakespeare's pizza will be delivered at intervals and will be available for finishers and volunteers. Each registered runner and volunteer will receive 1 free slice of pizza. Additional slices can be purchased during the registration process for $2.00 per slice or $10.00 per pizza.

Chiropractic, massage therapy and other community health and wellness representatives will be on site for marathon finishers. We'll begin our awards ceremony around 12:15 at the finish area.

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 Dave Schulte Award for Improved Performance will be awarded to that runner who most improves his/her time from a previous personal best of under 5:00. Dave Schulte was a charter member of the Columbia Track Club and its first Secretary-Treasurer. Dave died of melanoma cancer in December, 1973. He was one of those persons who never had any thought of winning any race or even any age group award. His main objective was personal improvement and he strove mightily to achieve that in many CTC races. For many years he was in charge of results for the marathon and he was the first person to get an accurate measurement of the course with a bicycle and Jones Counter.

The Joe Schroeder Award (new for 2019)! Entrants who will run HOA as their first marathon will be eligible to win this award. The male and female from the first-timer marathoner field who cross the finish line first will be recipients of the first ever Schroeder Award. Joe Schroeder ran his first marathon and was the winner of the first Heart of America Marathon in 1960. Running the original course from Columbia to Fulton in his cross country shoes and putting tape over the spikes to cushion his feet against city concrete, Joe finished in an impressive 3:57. His longest run previously had been 6 miles. Joe also ran the second HOA and oversaw timers for many years. Joe was a life-long lover of athletics, and he and his wife, Darlene, were active volunteers in many aspects of the community. Joe and Darlene have four children who all continue to support the Heart of America Marathon.

Awards will not be mailed.

Towne Place Suites by Marriott, 0.8 miles from the start/finish, is offering group rates for Heart of America Marathon participants. Address: 4400 Nocona Pkwy, Columbia, MO 65201, 573-817-0012.

Use this link to book at this hotel: Book your group rate for Heart of America Marathon (last date to book at special $92 rate - 8/10/19)

Additional hotels and other Columbia information can be found at visitcolumbiamo.com.

Sign up to volunteer for the 60th Annual Heart of America Marathon now at JustServe. Enter our zip code (65201), scroll down, and hit the "show all" button. There are a dozen different HOA-related projects; be a part of community and history!
The course is USATF certified - # MO19024DG.

Hammer Nutrition sponsor