Nancy Lieberman has been a friend for many years. The guiding light behind the Go! St.Louis marathon, Nancy has now upped the ante, with a new sponsor, and support from like minded Saint Louisans. Their half marathon will have the fourth largest prize purse in the country, with $10,000 going to first place.
St. Louis Arch, December 2011, photo by Larry Eder
My running routes are in Missouri, having started running at DeSmet High school, and racing the old Forest park XC course, that was home to St. Louis University High School, our arch rivals. Great runners and track athletes come from the St.Louis area. Running however, has been an afterthought to the local business community. Well, that was until Nancy Lieberman came along. The Go! St.Louis race director, who has climbed Mt. Kilimijaro and finished full Ironman Triathlons is the epitome of persistent.
As someone born in the River City, and who went to St. Agatha's near the Anheiser Busch plant as a kid, took the Gravois Street bus to see the St. Louis Cardinal Games, I salute someone who wants to bring change to the Saint Louis sports scene.
Toni Reavis, another former St.Louisan, has written a super piece recognizing the work that Nancy Lieberman has put into this fantastic event! I hope you enjoy it, and remember, run the Go! St.Louis events!