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 Betsy Farris Memorial 5K, 10K & 1/2 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!


Race fees listed above have online processing fees and park usage fees included. Register by September 14th to guarantee a shirt.


Run Perks

All participants will receive:

  • Commemorative run shirt

  • Finisher’s medal

  • BBQ and Michelob Ultra beer at the finish line

  • Discount price for one ticket to the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival 

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 ($160 without code) Saturday Pass: $70 ($90 without code)


Participant Guide

Download the 2018 Participant Guide!


2018 Course Maps

5K Course Map

10K Course Map

1/2 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.


  • Short Street Parking Garage (1110 East Walnut Street)-

The ¾ mile walk/jog to the starting line is a perfect warm up.


Keep an eye out for more information in the upcoming participant guide.


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 ½ marathon or 10K 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!