FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30th, 2019
Contact: Katherine Lee – Race Director
Columbia, MO: The 60th Annual Heart of America Marathon will celebrate a 60 year milestone with runners from across the U.S attempting to complete one of the hardest road races in the country. New this year, and to be run on the same historic course and at the same time as the marathon, is the Fun Team Relay. Combining endurance racing with community teamwork, this annual Labor Day Event beginning at 6:00 a.m. and ending at noon, will bring challenges, excitement and comradery to participants, volunteers and the community.
This long-standing event started with a taunt between boxers at the then Columbia Athletic Club and some University of Missouri Runners. The boxers claimed they were the best in the ring and in running. The challenge was set and on that first race day 5 runners toed the line. No boxers were present. Of the 5 starters, just two finished the grueling marathon.
For the 60th running, the start and finish lines will be at the Boone County History and Culture Center near Nifong Park, Columbia, MO. Spectators can cheer on marathoners and teams, enjoy free tours of the History Center and take in music by local River band, Secretivity. Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meterologist will be the guest announcer.
The Heart of America Marathon, put on by the Columbia Track Club, is an annual road race held every year since 1960 in Columbia, MO. Since that time, this marathon has hosted runners from 48 of the 50 states and overseas. Known for “Heat, Hills and Humidity”, this course, which runs in part along the Missouri River, is known as a bucket list marathon for many of the hardiest athletes.