New marathon, half-marathon course travels into Illinois
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The GO! St. Louis marathon and half-marathon this year not only features a flatter, faster course, it is becoming a two-state event.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that organizers of the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend decided that the 15th anniversary of the event was a good time to change up the course, criticized by some for its many hills.
So this year's marathon and half-marathon on April 12 will start downtown and cross the Mississippi River into East St. Louis, Illinois, via the Eads Bridge. Runners will return over the Martin Luther King bridge, before continuing on with their 13.1- and 26.2-mile treks.