Heart of the Ozarks

Half Marathon

13.1 M, 10k, 13.1 Relay,   2Mile Fun Run

  • February 16,2019
  • West Plains, MO

"So glad I chose to do this race! It was my first half marathon and I loved it....."

                                 C.R.     Arkansas

— 13.1M —

Challenge Yourself!You Can!

Come run your next half marathon with us in the heart of Missouri's Ozarks.  You'll love our interesting and mildly challenging course that's staffed with some of the nicest volunteers you'll meet.  Be a part of one of the most well ran races of its size in the Midwest.  This race will warm your heart.

 

Date: February 16, 2019

 

Time: All races will start together at 7:30 a.m.

 

Location: All races start and finish at Southern Hills Shopping Center, West Plains, MO (1400 Southern Hills Center, West Plains, MO)

 

Course: The 13.1 mile Course is a two loop style course.  There is a short inner loop and a second larger outer loop.  All runners stay together until the intersection of Washington Ave. and Broadway.  At this point the 10k splits off.  The races rejoin at the "Court House Square", and split apart again at Summit St. (Don't worry Half Marathoners get their chance to climb Summit on the second loop!)  The half marathoners continue on to a second outer loop before finishing on the same course as the 10K.  There are few hills (4 to be exact) on this course , so be ready.  The remainder is either pancake flat or downhill, so you're good.  You'll love it.

 

Course Map

 

Course Support:  The course will be very well marked with arrows and signs.  There are always plenty of volunteers to keep you on track & up to the challenge.  Aid stations with portable toilets are located strategically every 1.5-2.5 miles on the course.

 

Although there are a few steep hills (2 big & 2 smaller) on this course, runners consistently run PRs here.  It has some very long downhills followed by nice flat sections where you can make up time well.

 

Race Guarantee: We guarantee that we will race.  We know that there is concern about registering for a race that's held in February.  To eliminate the fear of cancellation we have enrolled in imathlete's race guarantee program.  If we have to cancel our event for abnormal/dangerous weather, any natural disaster, or terrorist attack we will refund your entry fee!!

 

Results: Automated timing is provided by Ultramax Sports.  Results are posted at the awards table and on-line  quickly after the event.

 

Awards:

All half marathon and 10k finishers will earn an awesome custom finishers medal!

Age division and overall awards will be awarded (Sorry no kids 12 & under.) for both male and female.

         Age divisions: 13-15, 16-18, 19-20, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

 

The first relay team will receive an award and bragging rights (of course.)

 

Officer David Finley Trophy:  This is a special award given to the first relay team composed of uniformed service officers (police, armed forces, fire fighter, etc.) to finish the half marathon.

 

Race perks & amenities:

Official race shirt.  This year participants can choose between a long-sleeved tech tee or a comfy hoodie.

 

The course is very well supported with plenty of port-a-pots & aid stations along the course, lots of friendly support staff along the course, and excellent traffic control.  Participants can enjoy hot post race refreshments, post race massages, Hiland chocolate milk, and lots of other local goodies inside the fire station adjacent to the finish area.

 

The race is auto-timed by Ultramax  so results and awards are quick.

 

and the satisfaction of running a great race!

 

You'll enjoy most of the perks of big city race, but with the hospitality and atmosphere of a small town!

 

Register Now!

 

Register two convenient ways:

 

Online registration via www.imathlete.com

Download a registration form and mail it in.

 

"... We were so impressed with the race support.  Thank you for all the had work, guys.  We had a blast!"

                    R.O. Jonesborro, AR

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-10 K-

If not now? When? Sign up today.  Run!

 

This is not just another 10K.  You'll love the challenging course, the awesome support, and the amazing atmosphere.  Sign up today for this great race.

 

Race Date & Time: February 16, 2019 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

Location: Race Start and Finish at Southern Hills Shopping Center, West Plains, MO

 

Course:  The 10k is a one loop course through the scenic streets of West Plains.   This is a relatively challenging course.  It has a few hills and two of them are steep (You can't run very far in the Ozarks without a few hills!)  All races start and finish at the same location.  The 10k splits from the 13.1, rejoins it, and then splits off again.

 

Course map

 

Course Support:  The course will be well marked with arrows and signs.  There are of volunteers at every turn to keep you on track & up to the challenge.   Aid stations with portable toilets are located at approximately 1-2 miles.

 

Results:  Automated timing is provided by Ultramax Sports for quick results.  Results are posted throughout the event at the awards table and on-line quickly following the races.

 

Awards:

New this year!  Custom finisher's medals for all 10k finishers.

Custom age division and overall male and female awards will be awarded.

        Age divisions: 8 & under, 9-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-20, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

 

A special award is given to 12 under participants (our "12 & under club.")

 

Walkers are Welcome!! Course support ends at 11:00 a.m.

 

Race perks & amenities:

Official race shirt (choose between a hoodie or a long-sleeved tech tee), lots of friendly support staff along the course,  plenty of port-a-pots & aid stations,  hot post race refreshments inside the fire station, post race massages, Hiland chocolate milk, lots of other local goodies, and the satisfaction of running a great race!

 

Register Now!

 

Register two convenient ways:

 

Online registration via www.imathlete.com

Download a registration form and mail it in.

 

Y'all put on an amazing race......

                                      J.R.  Parsons, KS

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-13.1 Relay-

Every run is better with a friend.

 Not up for 10k or a full half but want to participate?  Gather up three of your friends and come run!

 

Our half marathon relay is different than most.  Instead of dividing it up equally ours is a "distance medley."   The 13.1 miles will be divided into 4 different distances (all are approximate.)  They are: 4k, 5k, 8k, and 4k.   This offers a distance for everyone.

 

This is a mixed gender relay.  You can compose your team however you choose.  The only rule is there has to be at least one person of the opposite gender on your team.

 

Gather your team.  Go train and take home the bragging rights.

 

The first team to finish will win an award.

 

Officer David Finley Trophy:  This is a special award given to the first relay team composed of uniformed officers (police, armed forces, fire fighter, etc.) to finish the half marathon.

 

Sign up today.  Entry fee is just $30 per member.  All team members get a race shirt.. After January 27, 2019 the entry fee goes up to $40 per member.  Register online at www.iamathlete.com or download a registration form and send it in.

 

Relay Procedures

All relay team members will be issued and expected to wear their race number.  This is how your team will get their final time and placing.

The relay leg distances are as follows: 4k, 5k, 8k, and 4k.  All distances are approximate and will proceed in that order.

 

To keep us all "honest" there will be an armband given to each team.  This armband will be passed from team-mate to team-mate.  The officials at the finish line will need to see the armband at the completion of the race.  Exchange zones are located near city owned parking lots where it will be easy to get off the street.  Please be mindful of other runners.  Don't interfere with those around you by simply stepping out of the way as you make your exchange!

 

No transportation is provided to any exchange zone.  You must coordinate your own transportation.  Plenty of parking is available near all exchange zones.  Please use parking lots when possible.  Please be aware that the exchanges are in the middle of the race loops.  Please do not drive in a way that is dangerous to other racers!

 

Exchange zone locations: 1) N. Minnesota and W. Cass Ave 2) West Plains Armory parking lot located near Webster Ave & Hazel St and 3) The West Plains Civic Center "west circle drive" at the corner of St. Louis St & E. Main St.

 

Finally:  Have FUN!!!!!

 

Course Map!

 

Thanks for putting on a great race today.  Count me in for next year!

                                    L.B.  Salem, AR

— Register—

Half Marathon

 

Through Sep 30, 2018                   $60.00

Oct 01, 2017 - Dec 15, 2018          $65.00

Dec 16, 2018 - Jan 13, 2019          $70.00

Jan 14, 2019 - Feb 14, 2019           $75.00

Last minute

Feb 15, 2019 - Feb 16, 2019         $85.00

 

Half Marathon Special Youth Price

(13-18)

Through Feb 01, 2019                   $55.00

Feb 02, 2019 - Feb 15, 2019         $60.00

 

 

13.1 M Relay

Through - Feb 1, 2019                $120.00

Feb 2 , 2019 - Feb 15, 2019        $160.00

 

10k

 

Through - Dec 14, 2018              $35.00

Dec 15, 2018 - Feb 1, 2019          $40.00

Late Registration

Feb 2, 2019 - Feb 15, 2019          $45.00

 

10k Special Youth Price

(<18 years old)

Through - Feb 09, 2019                $30.00

Feb 10, 2019 - Feb 15, 2019         $35.00

 

10 K Walk (limited to 45)

 

Through  - Dec 14, 2018            $35.00

Dec 15, 2018 - Feb 1, 2019         $40.00

Feb 2, 2019 - Feb 15, 2019         $45.00

 

Two Mile Fun Run

Through Jan. 12, 2019                $30.00

Jan 13, 2019 - Feb 15, 2019        $35.00

Registration is available at Packet Pick-up or at the starting area on race day for an additional $10.  This charge applies to all races.

 

Shirt size, choice, or availability is not guaranteed after February 2, 2019!

—Random Details—

—Other Information—

 

Location:

• Both races will start at the Southern Hills Shopping Center at 7:30 AM.

1310 Preacher Roe Blvd, West Plains, MO 65775

 

Race Perks:

• Participants may choose between a long sleeve tech tee or a hoodie.

          Guaranteed shirt sizes for those registering by February 2, 2019.

• Half Marathon and 10k finishers will receive a custom finisher’s medal.

• Plenty of refreshments provided post race inside the Fire Station adjacent to the finish line.

• Aid Stations and port-a-pots will be present along the race.

• Lots of course support.

 

Awards:

• Overall male and female winners in each race, overall team in the half marathon partner challenge, overall relay team, and age division winners will receive awards in each race.

• Relay Team:  An award will be given to the first relay team.

• Individual Age Division awards: 1st – 3rd place in each division (13.1 & 10K)

 

Age Divisions are as follows:

12 and Under (10k only), 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & up

Participants must be 13 years old to participate in the half marathon

12 and Under participants in 10k & 2 mile will receive a special award for finishing.

 

Course Description:

The races will start and finish at the Southern Hills Shopping Center. Courses will run through the scenic streets of West Plains Missouri.  Traffic is controlled well by personnel from the Missouri Highway Patrol, West Plains Police, other area emergency organizations, and race volunteers.  The course is a mixture of rolling hills and flat ground.  The vast majority of the course is flat, but there are some tough hills.

 

Enter Online:

Enter on-line until February 15, 2019 at noon.  After that you may register in person at packet pick-up or on race day (add $10 for race day registration.)

 

Enter by Mail:

Mail registration to Wes Gunter, 8663 County Road 9790, West Plains, MO 65775. After Feb. 5, registration will only be available on-line until noon 2/15/18, at packet pick-up on Feb. 15, 2019, or until 7:00 a.m. on race day.

 

Race Day Registration:

ADD $10 FOR RACE DAY REGISTRATION (RACE SHIRTS OR SIZES WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED FOR RACE DAY REGISTRANTS.  THE HALF MARATHON WILL BE LIMITED TO 200 ENTRANTS TOTAL!)

 

Packet Pick up:

Race packet pick up will take place from 3:00 - 8:00 PM on Friday February 9 at Flo Fitness Studio (1366 Bill Virdon Blvd; West Plains, MO 65775)  Packet pick up is also available race day from 6:00 - 7:00 AM at Fire Station #3 near J.C. Penney in Southern Hills Shopping Center.

 

Race Staging Area:

Runners are welcome to stay warm, hydrate, fuel up and socialize inside Fire Station #3 adjacent to the starting line on Bruce Smith Parkway.  Hot post race refreshments will be served inside the Fire Station.  Basic snacks and drinks will be available at the finish line.

 

Contact info:

Wes Gunter:  417-293-3554 or email: wesgunterdvm@hotmail.com

Alicia Gunter: 417-255-2407 or email: alicia.gunter@zizzers.com

 

West Plains/Starting Area

Past results

2013 Heart of the Ozarks Half Marathon     ----     10k (old course)

        Online Race Results Link

 

2014 Heart of the Ozarks Half Marathon     ----     10k

       Online Race Results Link

 

2015 Heart of the Ozarks Half Marathon     ----     10k

       Online Race Results Link

 

2016 Heart of the Ozarks Half Marathon     ----     10k

        Online Race Results Link

 

2017 Heart of the Ozarks Half Marathon     ----     10k

        Online Race Results Link

 

Lodging

If you need a room for the race, this is the place.  The Holiday Inn Express West Plains is a beautiful, new hotel that is located just to the west of the Starting area.  They are generously offering a discounted rate to those participating in our event.  Make your reservation online at www.holidayinnexpresswestplains.com  The discount will be applied at check in. Just mention that you are here for the race.

Heart of the Ozarks Half Marathon

wesgunterdvm@hotmail.com

 

Register Now

 

 

Sponsored By:

Wes Gunter, DVM

ADOBE MUSE CC STARTERS