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Saturday, September 29th 2018

Come be a part of the race that celebrates music, healthy living and the legacy of Betsy Farris.

The 2018 Roots N Blues N BBQ Music Festival Betsy Farris Memorial 5K Run, 10K Run & Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri. Runners can experience live music on the course as they run through Columbia’s nature trails, the beautiful downtown district and the University of Missouri campus before finishing at Stephens Lake Park.

After the race, participants can chow down on complimentary BBQ and beer (and non-alcoholic beverages) while listening to more live music.  Come experience one of the midwest’s best events!


Half Marathon, 10K Run & 5K Run - 5K: $45
Half Marathon, 10K Run & 5K Run - Youth 5K: $35
Half Marathon, 10K Run & 5K Run - Half Marathon: $75

The half marathon, 10k run and 5k run fees listed above have online processing fees and park usage fees included. Register by September 14th to guarantee a shirt.


Half Marathon, 10K Run & 5K Run Perks

All participants will receive:

Please wait for an email with your active discount code before attempting to purchase discounted tickets. This will take 3-5 business days after race registration. Please email with all ticket questions.

Discounts are only available on 3- Day Weekend General Admission Passes and Saturday Passes.

Weekend Pass: $130 ($175 without code) Saturday Pass: $70 ($99 without code)


Strava Maps!



1/2 Marathon





Participant Guide

Download the 2018 Participant Guide for the Half Marathon, 10K Run and 5K Run!


2018 Course Maps

5K Run Course Map

10K Run Course Map

Half Marathon Course Map


Parking Options

There is no parking available at Stephens Lake Park. Downtown Columbia Garages are FREE Saturday & Sunday; please follow all posted parking signs and restrictions.

  • 5th Street and Walnut Parking Garage Shuttle-

Shuttle service for the run will pick up starting at 6am. Please allow extra time for this option.

This parking garage is a quick 5-10 minute walk to the starting line. It makes for a great warm-up run!


Check out the 2018 Participant Guide for more info!


Training Plan

This may be your first race or your hundredth race. Whatever your skill level, this training plan will help you achieve your goal. Before you begin, answer these questions: What is your goal? Why do you want to train? Is it to cross a half marathon or 10K run off your bucket list? Is it to beat your personal best? Is it to manage your weight? Is it to spend time with friends? Decide why you are training and what you would like to accomplish to get the most from this program. Happy training everyone!


Packet Pick-Up

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

Friday, September 28, 2018:

12:00 PM-6:00 PM

Saturday, September 29, 2018:

6:00 PM- 6:45 AM