2021 Boonville Do or Die Half Marathon and 5K

The 2021 Boonville Do or Die Half Marathon and 5K is a well supported race put on by the Boonslick Heartland YMCA on the Katy Trail. The half marathon will take place on the beautiful Katy Trail and organizers are promising a new twist this year for the route!

The race will be held May 1st, 2021 and proceeds go to Boonville High School organizations. At least two $500 scholarships will result from the race entry fee’s.

Race Route

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Registration is handled by ItsYourRace

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Here are a few housekeeping details and the map for participants:

If you still need a place to stay, we recommend the Isle of Capri Hotel (one block from race start) or Hotel Frederick (a cute boutique hotel that overlooks the Missouri River—about 4 blocks from race start).

Packet Pick up will be held from 4-7pm on Friday evening at WK Family Dealerships, 1507 Ashley Road, right off of I-70 exit 101 South (Ashley Road).

We do appreciate it if you can make it to packet pickup so race day is less hectic for us, but, we do have packet pick up from 7-7:30 for Half Marathoners and from 8:15-8:30 for 5K.

We WILL let others pick up packets for you!

The races start (Half starts at 8 am and the 5K starts at 9am) at the Katy Trail Head in downtown Boonville, there is an adorable coffee shop right up the street called Derailed Coffee. There is ample parking behind the Tourism Center and across the street at the old Katy Depot which is also the Chamber of Commerce.

There are several bathrooms available at the race start and we will be there at 6:15 am getting ready for the race!

On the course there are two porta potties and several water stops. If you have spectators who would like to see you on the course, they can access it by two of the water stops along the way.

Well behaved dogs are welcome to run along with their owners on a leash.

Beverages and snacks will be provided for race finishers.

We will have a short award ceremony following each race finish for overall finishers and age group awards.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes, The YMCA will provide complementary showers following the race.

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All ages are welcome to join in on the fun, however, children under 14 must run with an adult.

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Boonville High School will provide scholarship details to all students in the Spring of 2020.

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The race will go on rain or shine. In case of dangerous weather conditions such as flooding or lightening, check the Do or Die Facebook page  for details.

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The Do or Die Half Marathon will begin on the trail parallel to Isle of Capri. Park your car at the Isle of Capri and walk a few feet to the race start. There will be no shuttle.

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Awards will be given to the first finisher in each age group. All participants will receive a T-shirt and finisher medal. ‍


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The age divisions are 18 and under, then every 5 years beginning with 19-25.

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The local Saints Peter and Paul confirmation class is providing a carb-loading pasta meal, complete with meat and Lenten non-meat option.

The price is a free will donation and includes salad, drink and a cookie. We are thankful they are participating and ask that you consider supporting them for your evening meal!

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Yes! There are 6 water stops along the route. Each water stop will be competing for the title of “most festive” based on your vote at the finish line.

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Packet Pick Up will be held at the WK CDJR Dealership Showroom, 1545 Ashley Road from 4-7 pm on Friday, September 18th.

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