Saturday, September 30th 2017

Presenting Sponsor

Results are now available.

Check your results for the 10K

or the Half Marathon today


Photos are now available!    CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS


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

Betsy Farris worked on The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival for 9 years. In her spare time, she trained, inspired, and mentored hundreds of people on their journey to get fit and stay healthy. The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is honored to recognize Betsy with this event.




All participants will receive a race shirt, a finisher’s medal, and free BBQ and beer after the event. All Participants can also use the email address they registered for the race with as a  discount code to the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, allowing them to purchase tickets at a discounted price online after they register.

Ticket Pricing with Voucher:

Friday: $40

($55 without runner voucher)

Saturday: $50

($70 without runner voucher)

Sunday: $40

($55 without runner voucher)

Weekend Pass: $89

($135 without runner voucher)

The 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Betsy Farris Memorial 1/2 Marathon & 10K will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 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 while listening to more live music.

Come experience one of the midwest’s best events!

For questions email Patrick Hanson at

Elite athlete questions? email with questions.

Big thanks to the sponsors of the 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Betsy Farris Memorial 1/2 Marathon & 10K:

2017 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 this training program, ask yourself: What is my goal?  Why do I want to train?  Is it to cross a ½ marathon off of your bucket list:  Is it to beat your personal best?  Is it to manage your weight?  To spend time with friends?  Decide why YOU are training so we can understand what you would like to accomplish and how we can help you get the most from this program.  Happy training everyone!


Download the 2017 Roots N Blues Training Program:


RnB Training Manual 2017



2016 Race

Results for 2016 are available!




Photos are now Live!


Course Maps

Packet Pick-Up

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

Thursday September 28, 2017:

12:00 PM-6:00 PM

Friday September 29, 2017:

12:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Saturday September 30, 2017:

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

2015 Race

2015 Race Photos are now available:

2015 Photography Provided by John Kelly Photos

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 a few days after the event.
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We will be running shuttles from the 5th Street and Walnut parking garage starting at 6:00am and ending at 11:00am. 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.