Friday, April 10, 2015

2015 GO! Marathon Soulard Cheer Station This Sunday

Do you know someone who is running in the GO! St. Louis Marathon on Sunday, April 12? Do you just want to hang out with your awesome Soulard neighbors? Are you just really bored around 7:30 am on a Sunday? No matter what your reason is, come out to the corner of 9th and Victor this Sunday morning at 7:30 am to cheer on the runners.

For several years now, a group of islanders has been gathering on a corner of the neighborhood on a Sunday morning to cheer on those running in the Go! St. Louis Marathon. For the first couple of years the event organizers held a competition among neighborhoods along the route to see who could put on the best cheer station. There is no longer a competition after our Soulard group kept trouncing the competition. Event organizers still make a generous donation to the Soulard Restoration Group each year to thank the neighborhood for delighting runners with its antics.

The route for the 2015 Go! St. Louis marathon has changed a bit and will make its way through Soulard at a different point. The Cheer Station will be located at Mile 10.25 on the route. The theme of the Soulard Cheer Station will again be pajamas. Neighbors are asked to show up in their best bed attire to cheer on the runners. You're also asked to keep in mind that you will be in public for 1 and for 2, we don't want to scare the runners.

The event is traditionally a Breakfast Potluck, so feel free to bring a breakfast dish to share with the group. Don't have a dish? Don't fret, just bring yourself and maybe a noisemaker. Neighbors and other supporters are also asked to bring a canned good to donate to the Trinity Lutheran Church food pantry. Cans will be loaded into the bed of Dave Perry's truck for delivery to the church.

With the change of venue this year, the Cheer Station is now located in front of a business rather than on a random street corner. The Good Luck Bar & Grill has graciously agreed to open early for the event to provide bathrooms and server beverages.

Check out the 2015 Go! St. Louis Marathon Soulard Cheer Station on Facebook. We'll see you Sunday morning.