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There is a 3.5 hour time limit that the course is closed and the aid stations are available. However, we may open sections of the course to let vehicles cross when there are large gaps in the participants and it is deemed safe. Participants must maintain at least a 14 minute per mile half marathon pace to make the course deadline. All-In and Double Down runners will need to be finished within the same 3.4 hour limit. The course limit is set by the City of Lake Ozark and law enforcement. It cannot be extended. Your races must be completed within the time limit or you will be scored as a DNF.
What are the challenge races?
The Double Down and All-In are additional race options for those participants looking for more of a challenge.
The Double Down consists of running the half marathon, then the 10k. Runners will get a medal for each race.
All-In participants will run the half marathon, then the 10k, then the 5k (a total of 22.4 miles). Runners will get all three medals.
All-In and Double Down runners will need to be finished within the same 3.5 hour limit. The course limit is set by the City of Lake Ozark and law enforcement
There are no age group awards for the challenges but there will be overall male and female awards.
Is the course certified?
The half marathon course is certified by U.S. Track & Field. Certification code: MO18006DG.
Course maps are available here.
What is the average temperature during this time of year?
Well, the AVERAGE temperature is mid-60s. However, that average could easily include 80 degrees as well as 35 degrees! The weather is just part of the fun. Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get! The 10-day forecast for 2015 showed sunny and 61 but race day had SNOW! Runners are tough and can brave it all!
Is there a host hotel?
We do not have a host hotel for 2020. There are several chain and locally owned hotels and motels within a few miles of the race.
Are walkers allowed?
We do not have a separate category for walkers, but many people can walk the half and 10K. Walkers must be aware of the 3.5 hour time limit. A minimum pace of 14 minutes per mile must be maintained to make the course.
Where is the best place for family and friends to cheer?
There will be places along the route for spectators to park. We ask that there is NO parking on the shoulder of the road. We are keeping one lane of traffic open to allow for spectators to meet their runners at different locations along the route so we will need to utilize the shoulder to ensure maximum safety.
Is the course(s) hilly?
Lake of the Ozarks is hilly, so you will definitely encounter some hills! Train for hills once a week, and you will be running over those hills like you’re Rocky Balboa in a training montage!
Do you have a virtual run?
We do have virtual registrations if you are unable to make it to the race. There is an additional charge for a virtual run since we have to mail medals and shirts to participants.
Virtual runners should run the distance they have signed up for sometime within a few weeks either side of the race, and send a note with their run details to email@example.com. Items will be mailed to virtual runners a few weeks after the race.
If you sign up as a traditional runner, you can switch to the virtual run until 5 days prior to the race. There will be an additional charge of $5 to make the change.
Registration is available online until the Wednesday before the race. After that, registration is available at packet pickup.
When is packet pickup?
Packet pickup will tentatively be available on Friday, March 27, 2020 at Willmore Lodge (#1 Willmore Lane, Lake Ozark) from 2:00pm-8:00pm.
Pickup is also available race morning from 6:00-7:00am at the finish line.
An ID is not required and you may pick up another participant’s packet for them.
We are considering a Thursday evening packet pickup in 2020 as well.
Parking & Transportation
ARRIVE EARLY! Parking is limited and the shuttling of runners is necessary.
There are designated parking spots all along Bagnell Dam Strip. Please arrive no later than 6:30am so we can get you parked and to the start line in plenty of time. We will have traffic directors to make parking smooth and quick. Parking information and details will be available at Packet Pick-up as well.
Bagnell Dam will be closed to traffic starting at 6:00am, so do not plan on crossing it as you arrive.
Vans will be running along Bagnell Dam Blvd starting at 6:30am to shuttle runners to the finish line. From the finish, buses will be available to take runners up to the Scenic Overlook for the start.
Busses across the dam stop running at 7:15am. If you are not in line at that time you will miss the start. At 7:15 all traffic shuts down for the start of the race.
What time do the races start?
The races start at staggered times based on distance to help cut down on congestion at the start.
- 7:30am, – All-In and Double Down
- 7:33am – Half Marathon
- 7:40am – 10k
- 7:45am – 5k
Do you have a Gear Check area?
Gear Check will be available at the start line area. We will provide bags to put your things in. We will load the bags into a truck and transport them to the finish once all runners have progressed across the Dam. THE BAG WE PROVIDE WILL BE THE ONLY BAG PERMITTED FOR CHECKING. Your bib number will be written on the bag by the attendant and the person with that bib number will be the only person allowed to retrieve the bag. For safety purposes, all bags will be subject to visual search before being checked. While all efforts will be made to keep all checked items secure, we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Can I wear headphones, push strollers or bring my dog?
The course is along open roads. Jogging strollers (no walking) will be allowed. Headphones are strongly discouraged for safety reasons. Animals are not allowed on the course unless they are assisting visually impaired participants.
Will there be finish line entertainment?
We will have music and an emcee at the finish line. In addition, awards will be distributed at the finish line.
Our emcee will be William M. Holtz. Holtz is the founder & owner of The WH Media Group, which owns Lake TV, Big Wake Productions, and Born Again Images Photography. Holtz is 27 years old and is passionate about multimedia and the Lake of the Ozarks. Holtz lives locally with his girlfriend Unique and their three fur-babies Rizzo-Bacon, Santo-Burger, and Stevie Iris. Holtz is excited to see what God is doing at the Lake of the Ozarks this year. If not at his office on the Bagnell Dam Strip or working a lake event, Holtz can often be spotted riding the waves on his Wave Runner, golfing a local course, or hitting the trails at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Holtz’s favorite bible verse is John 8:32.
There will be an awards ceremony to present awards to the top three in age groups as well as overall male and female of all races. Awards will NOT be mailed. There will be a tent at the finish line where awards will be presented.
Will there be a medical tent or other emergency plans in place?
Yes, medical and emergency personnel will be onsite.
What is the distance between aid stations?
Approximate mile marks for half marathon aid stations are: 2, 3, 4.5, 5.25, 8.7, 9.75, 11.6, and 12.5.
10k runners will have access to 2 aid stations that they will pass two times each.
5k runners will pass an aid station on the way out and back.
Is there a sports drink at the aid stations?
Yes, we have water and Gatorade. No oral medication will be available on the course. Aid Stations will not be equipped with Tylenol, Advil, allergy medicine, etc.
Will there be food and drink at the finish?
There will be an assortment of treats at the finish line for you to enjoy as well as water and variety of drinks.
Will there be porta-potties on course?
Restrooms will be located at the Start and the Finish and well as the 10K turnaround and at approximately mile 5.25 and 9.75 on the Half Marathon course.
Is the race rain (or snow) or shine?
It is always our intention to complete the race as scheduled and ever attempt will me made to do so if it is safe to do so. Our inclement weather policy is as follows:
In the case of rain and thunderstorms on race day we will enact the following safety measures. Our goal is to do everything in our power to host a complete race. We will delay or shorten race courses if only if necessary. Cancellation is our very last resort and will only be considered after all of the following measures have been taken on race day.
- In the case of only rain or clear weather we will plan for an on-time starts and complete all races as planned.
- In the case of lightning we will delay the race starts to at least 15 minutes after the last lightning strike within the area. We will not race on course if lightning is present, but will continue to race when the lightning ceases and has moved from the area.
- If lightning is present during a race we will stop the race and ask athletes to leave the course. Athletes wishing to continue may get back on course 15 minutes after the last lightning strike. Any racer wanting to continue will do so at their own risk. Once we are clear of lightning we will restart or continue the race.
- In the case of prolonged lightning and storms in the area, we will consider a late race start later after consulting with law enforcement and the National Weather Service.
- If inclement weather is predicted we may adjust race courses, race distances or eliminate segments of the race so to keep athletes safe.