Finisher Medals: Motivator or Meddlesome?

Finisher Medals: Motivator or Meddlesome?

When Andy Bartelsmeyer stepped to the start line of the Dusk 2 Dawn Night Trail Run in 2017, held under the stars at Indian Camp Creek in St. Charles County, he hadn’t really considered that he might win. “One of my friends looked at me and said, ‘You know that you’re...
Ferguson Twilight Run Awarded Runner’s Choice Award

Ferguson Twilight Run Awarded Runner’s Choice Award

The Ferguson Twilight Run recently received Big River Race Management’s “2018 Runner’s Choice Award.” The honor is voted on by runners and walkers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Ferguson Twilight Run previously won Best Neighborhood Support five of...
Top St. Louis Trail Races: Big River’s Running Twofer

Top St. Louis Trail Races: Big River’s Running Twofer

Elena Friedman always looks forward to a signature element of The Skippo trail race: the stairs. “It’s fun to count how many there are, and I always lose track by the top,” said Friedman, a certified athletic trainer who participates in the event each year. But even...
Do You Need a Coach?

Do You Need a Coach?

There’s old African proverb that says, “If you want to run fast, run alone.” If only endurance sports were that simple. Sure, you can print out an Internet training plan and chug along, all by your lonesome, but how far (figuratively speaking) can you go on your own?...
Team Terrain Tackles The Barkley Marathons

Team Terrain Tackles The Barkley Marathons

I was about an hour into the 2018 Barkley Marathon and had just reached the Pillars of Death (a series of lichen-covered rock columns that you hopscotch over) when I looked down and saw that the waterproof sleeve holding my map was gone. My gut dropped, and I felt...