Presenting Sponsor

Courses are now AVAILABLE:

10k Map

Half Marathon


Once again all runners will get a high quality race shirt and all finisher 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

Race Photography:

On course photography is being provided by Walker Athletic Photography.  They will also be at the finish and along the course.  After the event you can find you photos at:



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.

GROUP TRAINING RUNS: 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 12th 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 2014 (.doc)

DO YOU WANT ADDITIONAL CUSTOMIZED TRAINING? 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.

INFORMATIVE MEETING FOR THE TRAINING PROGRAM: Want to learn more about the group training program? Come to an informational meeting Tuesday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Lucky’s Market outside on the picnic tables.


joe_companyJoe 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_stonecipherSteve 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-fernandezKeith 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-turnerAngie 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

bredan-warnerBrendan 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_hansonPatrick 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.




Rosie Newberry
Celebrity Runner, KOMU TV-8 Weather

Rosie Newberry is the primetime weather broadcaster for KOMU-TV 8, the NBC affiliate here in Mid-Missouri. She is training with Joe Company to run the Roots N Blues N BBQ 10K. She is ecstatic about the opportunity to challenge herself for this event, though she proclaims she is no running authority. She welcomes athletes of all shapes and sizes to join her at this event. In her words, “If I can do it, you can do it!”