2015 Results are now available :



1/2 Marathon


2015 Race Photos are now available:


2015 Photography Provided by John Kelly Photos

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We will have photographers at various parts throughout the course, including the finish line. In order to easily find your photo, and ensure successful tagging, please make sure to secure your bib number to the front center of your body. Putting bibs on your back or your side, or failing to securely attach your bib can result in us unable to tag the photo. If your bib falls off, or we are unable to tag your photo, you can still search for your images with our various search tools, such as by time, or location. Your photos will be available at http://www.johnkellyphotos.com/rootsnblues2015.php a few days after the event.



Participant guide – Roots N Blues N BBQ Half Marathon & 10K

Registration is now open!

Please visit HERE to register for the 2015 event!  Everyone who registers by September 9th will get a personalized custom BIB NUMBER!


 7:00 AM START-  HALF MARATHON $70 ($75 9/26- We reserve the right to close registration at any point)

 7:30 AM START- 10k: $60 ($65 9/26- We reserve the right to close registration at any point)

Registration fees are non-refundable.


Roots N Blues 2014

Come be a part of one of the best race events in the Midwest!

All participants receive a great race shirt, a great finishers medal, FREE BBQ and BEER after the event and a discount voucher to the Festival!

Vouchers can be redeemed at all festival ticket gates.  Runners will receive the voucher in their race packet.

Ticket Pricing with Voucher:

Friday: $40 ($49.50 without runner voucher)

Saturday: $50 ($65 without runner voucher)

Sunday: $40 ($49.50 without runner voucher)

Weekend Pass: $89 ($125 without runner voucher)

*limit one voucher per runner

NEW this year!  A flatter finish inside Stephens Lake Park!  Please see the course maps below.


Don’t miss out on the the 2015 edition of the race!

For questions email Patrick Hanson at ReadySetResults@gmail.com


Prize Money returns for 2015- Prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the men’s and women’s 10k.

Elite athlete questions? email readysetresults@gmail.com with questions.


Packet Pick-Up:

Location: Tryathletics, 1605 Chapel Hill Rd.  Columbia, MO 65203

Thursday September 24th:

2:00 PM-6:00 PM

Friday September 25th:

12:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Saturday September 26th:

6:00 AM- 6:45 AM at Stephen’s Lake Park (We highly discourage this option)



We will once again being running shuttles from 5th and Walnut parking garage starting at 6:00 AM and ending at 11:00 AM.  All garages are free on the festival weekend.  There is no parking available at Stephen’s Lake Park.  Look out for more information in the participant guide.  We also suggest using the Short Street  parking garage (1110 East Walnut Street) and walking to the event.


2015 Course Maps


Presenting Sponsor


2014 Results Available Online

Once again all runners will get a high quality race shirt and all finishers will get a custom finishers medal for the race!

Age Group Awards are available to be picked up at Tryathletics

For questions email Patrick Hanson at ReadySetResults@gmail.com

See Your Results Here

12 Week Roots N Blues N BBQ ½ Marathon
and 10K Training Program

Thank you for signing up for the Roots N Blues N BBQ race. Included in your race entry is a 12-week training plan that will help you get ready for the race! There will be plans suitable for beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners. All training programs are written and overseen by Joe Company, owner of Endurance Company. For information about Joe and Endurance Company, click HERE, The training plan will be presented in a weekly newsletter that also includes includes training and fitness tips.


In addition to the training plan, we will host a weekly group training run that compliments the training program. This group training run will begin on Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 a.m. at Lucky’s Market and take place every Saturday morning leading up to the race.

There will be three training groups suitable for beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners. Each training group will have its own coach who will accompany you throughout the 12-week journey.

Sign up for the training group emails here

Download the training guide: RnB Training Manual 2015 (.doc)


For those folks wanting a more customized training program and a second group training session, you can sign up for the Custom Training Program, which includes a training plan that is written specifically for YOU as well as the additional group training session Wednesday evenings at 5:30. Details are here.


Want to learn more about the group training program? Come to an informational meeting in July at Lucky’s Market outside on the picnic tables.


Joe Company
Official Trainer

Joe Company, PhD is an experienced coach and experienced athlete. He applies sports science as well as his personal experiences as a coach and athlete to customize training programs for all abilities of athletes. Joe’s mission is make your training and racing experience as rewarding as possible. The goal is to help you become a healthy, successful, complete athlete by providing a training plan that helps you reach your goals while maintaining balance in your life.


Steve Stonecipher-Fisher
Owner – Tryathletics

Steve Stonecipher-Fisher has been a competitive runner for over 40 years. In 1975 he was the Missouri State two-mile champion (9:16.3). From 1975 to 1979 he ran for the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he still holds the 3 mile indoor record (13:54). He has completed over 30 marathons, including the 1984 Olympics Trials where he placed 40th. In 1983 Steve was the 5th native born American finisher at the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:16:36 and he has run 5 marathons under 2:18:07 – or 26.2 miles in an average of 5:15 per mile. His love of running led him to open Tryathletics (named because everyone should try athletics) in 1986. Steve believes it is important to find something you enjoy doing and he supports races and events that are both competitive, but also encourage participation in a healthy lifestyle. At 57 Steve can still be found running the streets of Columbia – around 50 miles a week.


Keith Fernandez

Official Trainer

Keith Fernandez has a passion for long distance running. He is an endurance athlete who has completed a number of events including several ½ and full marathons across the United States. He offers several years of insights, practical knowledge, and running experience. His goal is to introduce as many people as possible to the joy and health benefits of running.
Contact info: fernandez999@centurytel.net


Angie Turner
Official Trainer

I’m Angie Turner and have called Columbia my home for little over 20 years. I reacquainted myself with health and fitness about 2007 and experienced success competing in triathlons and road races. I found Joe Company in 2010 and immediately had huge improvements, winning the RnBnBBQ half marathon in 2011 (and that was overall including the men). I was hooked on the JoeCo Kool-aide and have trained with him every since. I hope to bring my experiences of a runner and the info I have from Joe to give you the goals and accomplishments you want in yourself. Whether you want to excel from where you are or just want to have a successful race, this is the place to start, and I’m excited to help you!
Contact email: turner245at@gmail.com


Brendan Warner
Official Trainer

I’ve been a fitness and semi-competitive runner since high school, lettering in cross country during my high school years and doing numerous 5ks and 4 and 5 mile races throughout the years. Within the last year I’ve taken serious interest in endurance running, competing in two marathons this year, with a first place finish in my age group in Fayetteville, AR at the Hogeye Marathon this past March. I’ve also paced the Go Girl Half marathon this year and paced an Ultramarathoner friend of mine for the second half of a 50 trail race at Berryman. I enjoy the sheer simplicity of running with a special focus on nutrition and form.Contact info: brendanmwarner@yahoo.com


Patrick Hanson
Race Director

Patrick Hanson is an avid runner and cyclist and understands the makings of a good race. As Race Director for the past 4 years, Patrick strives to make the race an engaging and successful event for the runners, the festival, and the community. A Columbia Native, temporarily displaced in Atlanta, Georgia, Patrick loves making the trip back to his hometown every year for RNBNBBQ. He is looking forward to a great event.