All races will begin on the east side of Bagnell Dam and finish on the west side across from the Celebration cruise boat. All courses are 100% asphalt roadway.
Half Marathon Course
Half Marathon Course
Settle in for an easy pace to start and follow the other runners up the historic Bagnell Dam Strip to Highway 242 and turn left. Proceed down to the stop light at Highway MM, turn right and head to the Lake of the Ozarks Community Toll Bridge. The bridge will give you about ¾ mile of steady downhill and beautiful water views in both directions. After crossing the bridge, run through the toll booth (don’t stop and pay – you are on a time limit!) and proceed on Highway MM for about a mile, past the Club at Porto Cima where you will catch glimpses of the golf course on both sides of the road. Once you reach Las Campanas (Heritage Isle subdivision) you will turn right and enter Porto Cima (roughly translated at “Hillside by the Harbor”). As you get off the highway, we are already nearly 4 miles into the run. Just over .1 mile on Las Campanas you will turn right to remain on Los Companas. Again, on both sides of you is the stunning Club at Porto Cima golf course, Missouri’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Runners will follow Las Campanas for one mile until it ends and return back to Muirfield Dr. While running through this section of the course you will encounter one longer hill, but look around and take in the views. You are surrounded by the golf course water-front lots and multi-million dollar homes. Looking across the Lake you can see the toll bridge, Baxter’s Lakeside Grille, and the exclusive Cedar Crest subdivision on Horseshoe Bend. Once back at Muirfield Drive, you are done with 6 miles and the course levels out a bit ofr the next 2 miles (by Lake of the Ozark standards). At Muirfield Court, you will turn right and make a small detour into the Punto Piloto subdivision where you will get another chance to run past lakefront homes and townhouses. Quickly out of Punto Piloto, you are back on Muirfield Drive for half mile before turning left onto Grand Cypress. It’s a quick jog uphill on Grand Cypress before turning left on Gleneagle and running until the road end. Here you get what looks like an intimidating hill, but it’s shorter than it appears. At this point you are 8 miles in and it’s time to head back to the finish. A right on Grand Cypress, right on Muirfield Drive, and right on Las Campanas takes you back to Highway MM where you have just over a 5k remaining. Back to the toll bridge, where you have a ¾ mile uphill stretch. Take a look at the Lake again, it will be a nice distraction from the tiredness you are starting to feel. After you have conquered the toll bridge, there is a short hill back up to the Strip where you reach mile 12. From there it’s easy sailing and you drop 100 feet downhill to the finish.
Runners will storm up the historic Bagnell Dam Strip, passing extraordinary buildings, restaurants, bars, churches and other businesses. You will run to the intersection of the Strip and Highway HH and 242 and turn left on to 242. As you pass the stoplight at 242 and MM and turn right, you will pass the 2 mile mark. After a slight incline that takes you under Business 24, the Community Toll Bridge is yours for the taking. Enjoy this stretch of the race. You will lose about 100 feet of elevation over the ¾ miles distance of the bridge. Look both to your left and right as you cross the bridge, taking in the breathtaking views for miles in both directions. Once you are done with the bridge, don’t stop. Fly through the toll booth without paying because you are on a deadline! Just past the toll booth you hit mile 3. Just a little more uphill and you will reach the entrance to Porto Cima and are ready to turn around and head back the way you came. Mile 4 comes just before you reach the bridge again. This time there is more of a challenge as that ¾ mile bridge goes uphill. After the bridge, it’s left on 242 and right on the Strip just as you hit mile 5. Once you reach J.J. Twigs Pizza & BBQ, you are ready to head back downhill to the finish. Make a hard push and finish that last mile strong.
5k – Runners will storm up the historic Bagnell Dam Strip, passing extraordinary buildings, restaurants, bars, churches and other businesses. One mile into the race is Luby’s Plaza on the left and Iguana Watersports on the right. A little further up the Strip the course will turn left on Henderson Lane (across from Christ the King Lutheran Church) and proceed down to the School of the Osage Heritage building. This newly refurbished building is the original School of the Osage, built in 1933 and remodeled in 2014. The course circles through the parking lot and back out to the Strip where it turns left and continues up to J.J. Twigs Pizza & BBQ and runs through the parking lot. There’s no time to stop for food because as soon as runners come out of the parking lot and turn right they hit the 2 mile mark. The rest of the course is all downhill to the finish. Make a charge to the end because there’s a 100 feet elevation loss over the final mile.