Welcome Runners and Walkers!!
We are so happy that you're interested in running or walking in the First Annual King to Queen Rosary Run in honor of the 175th Anniversary of St. Mary of Victories Church. This is a faith-friendly and family-friendly event. A description and map of the run are offered below.
Note: Due to a clerical error at the City of St. Louis, our route has changed from what was previously published. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.
The run begins at the venerable 'Old Cathedral' Basilica of St. Louis IX, King of France, built in 1834, in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. (The race starts at 8 am, but you may also join us for Mass at 7 am at the Cathedral.) The 5K and Hungarian Fun Run route proceeds south on Memorial to Poplar Street.
At Poplar street, the 5K proceeds east to Leonor K. Sullivan Drive. (The Fun Run goes South on 2nd Street). The course emerges near the "Mural Mile," where local street artists have created amazing and colorful murals on the flood wall since 1997. Here, runners and walkers will encounter St Louis Bagpiper Chris Apps playing inspirational music as they zoom by. (see #1 on the map below)
Runners and walkers will then turn south along the mural wall to Chouteau Avenue. Near the intersection, participants will encounter a wonderful band "Rooted," as they play Christian inspirational songs along the way (See #2 on the map at the bottom.). The course continues west on Chouteau to 3rd Street.
At 3rd Street, the runners will first encounter "St. Joseph Evangelization Network (SJEN) Icon Alley" under the I-55 underpass and will turn south on 3rd Street. (Find out more about Icon Alley.)
The course proceeds south on 3rd Street to Russell, west on Russell, then north again on Broadway. At Geyer, the course goes east past Edele and Mertz Hardware (friend of St. Mary of Victories) until it hits 3rd Street once again. At 3rd Street, runners and walkers proceed north, past Icon Alley into the "Dad's Cookies Finish Line" at St. Mary of Victories where you will receive Dad's delicious Scotch Oatmeal Cookies and other refreshments!
The Victory Festival begins after the awards ceremony! We are planning Barbeque Pulled Pork and Hungarian Brats, Philadelphia 'Water Ice' (Italian Ice), Ice Cream, Kettle Corn and Live Music. This family-friendly event will also feature kids games, free balloon animals, and characters from Way Cool Balloons,
and the amazing second annual 'Great Cookie Sale.' The sale features delicious cookies from many local bakeries. You won't believe your eyes!
So Register today! There's no other event quite like it, and we're thrilled you'll be a part of it this October 7!