In the most scenic course available for a running event at the Lake, participants start on the east side of Bagnell Dam and run up the historic Strip.
In its third year, the Bridge and Dam Half Marathon, 10k and 5k continues to grow. Held on Saturday, March 25, with nearly 500 total registrations, this year’s event sponsored by Lake of the Ozarks Fellowship of Christian Athletes saw more than 400 runners complete the course.
In the most scenic course available for a running event at the Lake, participants start on the east side of Bagnell Dam and run up the historic Strip. Half Marathon and 10k runners cross the community bridge and run in Shawnee Bend before returning to the finish line near the dam.
New in 2017 were the All-In and Double Down Challenges, where participants completed multiple races within the three and a half hour course time limits. All events are expected to grow again next year.
“We are very pleased with the increase that the event experienced in 2017 and we feel the addition of the 5K was a large part of that. The 5K expanded the interest and number of people for the event and it also allowed for the creation of the All-In Challenge. As the event grows, so does the benefit of the LOTO FCA!” said Alysia Maschino, co-race director of Bridge and Dam.
Next year’s event will return on Saturday, March 24, 2018 and will continue to include Bagnell Dam and the Community Bridge on the route. The race directors are planning several improvements.
“The positive responses we received from this year’s races drive us to improve the event even more next year.” said Scott Page, Bridge and Dam co-race director. “Our post-event survey showed 94 percent of respondents rated Bridge and Dam as excellent or very good. While that doesn’t give us a lot of room for improvement, we won’t rest on our laurels.”
“We have committed to having the 10k and half marathon courses certified for distance and with that will come a few changes, but we look at that as an opportunity to make the race even better. In addition, we anticipate an awards ceremony at the conclusion of each race and possibly even a post-race event for participants and their families.” continued Page.
“We have built a solid foundation for a very valuable event at Lake of the Ozarks. We are now ready to take the races to the next level and make it even bigger and better. We are beginning the process of working with potential sponsors to make this a true destination race for runners in Missouri and neighboring states, as well as the crown jewel race for Lake Area runners. We are getting a lot of momentum for these events, but will need solid partners to take us to the next level,” said Maschino.
Registrations for next year’s events will open soon. More information will be available on the Bridge & Dam Half Facebook page and website, bridgeanddamhalfmarathon.com. For more information, contact Alysia Maschino at 573-746-6002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org