The inaugural Bootlegger 10K trail race will be held on Sunday, February 18th, on upper Creve Coeur Park's Bootlegger's Run trail, which gets its name from the area's notorious reputation during Prohibition. According to one history, "Prohibition brought gamblers and gangsters back and clubhouses, roadhouses and the notorious Creve Coeur Hotel provided havens for crime.” Another history offers, "Around the 1920's the area began to decline in popularity as gangsters and hoodlums began to frequent the saloons, restaurants and nightclubs located at the lakefront. By the end of Prohibition, Creve Coeur was almost exclusively a gangster hideout." Today, Creve Coeur Park has regained its pre-Prohibition notoriety as a beautiful locale for enjoying nature. It is regularly filled with St. Louisans running or biking the trails, riding zip lines at Go Ape, sailing or rowing on the lake, or simply having a picnic.
The beautiful Bootlegger 10K course is primarily single-track trail and includes plenty of turns, switchbacks, and hills. Look closely and you may see remnants of the Creve Coeur Lake streetcar line that brought ne'er-do-wells to the area during Prohibition. Add winter weather to that mix and the Bootlegger 10K will surely test your will against Mother Nature at her toughest.
Keep it lawful on the trails and you won’t have to smuggle out your one-of-a-kind finisher growler!
Date | Sunday, February 18th, 2018.
Location | Creve Coeur Park, 13219 Streetcar Dr, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Finisher Growlers | Finishers will receive a custom 32oz glass growler.
Course | The course is well planned with a 1.5-mile parade loop on Streetcar Drive to “naturally” sort the field by pace prior to entering the trail. Runners will complete a full loop counterclockwise and then return to the start/finish line at the old streetcar ‘loop’ building. This course also has about six great spectator locations within a quarter mile walk – if your loved ones would like to see you suffer.
Registration & Fees - The 2018 event has filled and is now sold out.
To avoid overcrowding on the trail, registration is limited to the first 500 entrants. Click here to register.
If you are coming from out of town and cannot pick up your packet until race morning, please download and carefully read the Race Instructions (coming soon) before race morning. Your race number will be waiting for you at the race start.
Charity Partner | Proceeds from VIP parking will support Payback Inc. Payback is a non-profit organization committed to breaking the cycle of juvenile delinquency through the employ of restorative justice. Begun in 1983, Payback partners with five area juvenile courts (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, and Madison County, IL) to provide youth offenders the opportunity to complete community service at local non-profits in order to "work-off" the financial harm caused to his or her victim. In the past five years, Payback has provided almost $225,000 to victims of youth crimes, while the youth offenders have participated in more than 28,000 hours of community service. Over 70% of the youth that complete the Payback program never return to our criminal justice system during their adolescence years. Learn more at www.paybackinc.org.
Awards will be awarded to the top three male/female overall finishers and the top three male/female in the following age groups: 20 & under, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
Volunteer | Interested in volunteering please email Jules (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Contact Jules (email@example.com) or call our Race Productions office at 855-786-5945 x716.