Betsy Farris Memorial 5K Run, 10K Run & Half Marathon Rescheduled to September 25th, 2021

The Betsy Farris Memorial Run

September 25th, 2021

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As much as we would love to unite with all of our running friends, we are going to push the date of the run to next September to collaborate with the new festival date. All current registrations will automatically be transferred to the new date and we will continue to send out updates as next years run gets nearer. If you would like to request a refund please send us an email and we will be happy to help you out.

Our race honors the legacy of Betsy Farris, Roots N Blues Festival director from 2009-2016. Betsy trained, inspired, and mentored many people on their journeys to get fit and stay healthy. Our race is produced by our friends at Off Track Events.

Introducing the Virtual Betsy Farris Memorial Run

Want to participate but can’t make the event? We are offering a VIRTUAL RUN option this year.  If you are unable to make the event and would like to still participate, we encourage you to sign up as a virtual participant!  Run (or walk) the distance that you are inspired, when ever and wherever you choose (sidewalks, paths, treadmill, anywhere)!  We will ship the participant shirt and runner bib to you!   Packets will arrive in the mail about a week before the event so that you can participate at the same time that the physical event starts (if you choose to run it at that time)!  Please share photos and feedback about your virtual event experience to our facebook event page

For more information, contact Mike Denehy via email at

Start Times: 7 amhalf marathon • 7:30 am5k & 10K • 8 am – Post race food, beverages, and begin  • 12 pm – End of Betsy Farris Memorial Run


All Half Marathon, 10K Run & 5K Run participants will receive:

  • Commemorative run shirt
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Free Fuzzy’s Taco breakfast taco
  • Well Being Non-Alcoholic Beer at the finish line (21+ only. Must have ID to receive beer)
  • Discount price for one festival ticket to the Roots N Blues Festival Music Festival. The code only applies to 3-Day General Admission or Saturday General Admission tickets.

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.

Weekend General Admission Pass: $140 ($175 without code)

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Participant & Training Guides

2020 Participant Guide for the Half Marathon, 10K Run and 5K Run.

2020 Training Guide for the Half Marathon, 10K Run and 5K Run.

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Parking Options

There is no parking available at Stephens Lake Park. There will be plenty of parking available at the start of the event at Academy Sports.   We will NOT be offering the shuttle bus option this year from the downtown Columbia parking garages.  

Check out the 2020 Participant Guide for more info.

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Packet Pick-Up

Friday, October 3, 2020

1605 Chapel Hill Rd.
Columbia, MO 65203

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, October 4, 2020

Academy Sports
2651 Trimble Rd
Columbia, MO 65201

6:00 PM- 6:45 AM