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2014 Gateway Cup Cake and Bottle Cap Dash 11/8/14

The 3rd Annual Gateway Cup Cake 5K Run & Walk and Bottle Cap Dash 5K Obstacle Run


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Two Epic Competitions Featuring Sport, Cupcakes and Carbonation

Register TBD-

We Will Have Race Day Packet Pick Up and Registration. Please try to beat the lines and pick up your packet early. (Pretty please)

When: Both events, Back to Back, Saturday, November 8th, Central Field (east side), Forest Park

  • 9:00 am- The Gateway Cupcake 5K Run & Walk
  • 11:00 am- The Bottle Cap Dash 5K Obstacle Run
  • 1:00 pm- The Bottle Cap Youth 1.5K Obstacle Run

Benefiting:  Lift For Life Academy- St. Louis’ first charter school serving city children.

Be the Best of Both: Special prizes for haivng the best overall performance at both events. And a strong stomach. Top Man and Woman.

  • 2 Certificates for an in home wine tasting. (8 bottles, 12 guests) Compliments of PRP Wine Int'l. $300ea.

Event 1: The Gateway Cupcake 5K Run & Walk.

A classic battle between those who eat and those who compete.  The Gateway Cup Cake will pit speedy runners against speedy eaters in a battle between foot and mouth. Participants can deduct up to 5 minutes per Cupcake at 5 Jilly's Cupcake Stations along the race course for a maximum of 25 minutes off of their finishing time.

The Rules.

  • Jilly's Cupcake Stations will be positioned at (roughly)KM 1, KM 2, KM 3, KM 4.5 and just before the Finish Line. Cup Cakes must be consumed at each rest station in the Cupcake Consumption Corral. Failure to keep the Cup Cakes down will result in disqualification and nausea.
  • Only one cupcake can be eaten per station. Please use wit and tactics.There will be two types of cupcakes available per Cupcake Station. Mini Cupcakes- worth a 2 minute time deduction or the 'Standard'- worth a 5 minute time deduction.
  • Hang on to your Cupcake Toppers to recieve the time bonuses- you have to turn them in. 2 Minute Cupcakes will have "2" Topper. 5 Minute Cupcakes will have a "5" Topper. Just cause. We'll collect them at the finish line. 


  • The Overall Gateway Cup Cake 5K winner’s award, The Gateway Cup Cake, will be given to the fastest finisher- real time or Cup Cake adjusted time.
  • Top 3 men and women overall in both the Cupcake Adjusted Time Category and Real Time Category will win Gift Certificates to Jillly's Cupcake Bar and a signature gourmet Jilly's Gateway Cup Cake.
  • Edible Age Group Awards will be given to winners in both the Eater and Competer categories.


  • You can enter in one of the following categories:
  • Eater- Male Cupcake Eater, Female Cupcake Eater
  • Competer- Men Who Runs Past Cupcakes, Women Who Runs Past Cupcakes

Age Groups: (Men and Women): 8-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,45-49, 50-54,55-59, 60-64,65-69 and 70+

Schwag: All Athletes will receive a category specific (Eater or Competer) amazing event shirt and… the opportunity to eat a lot of Cupcakes while racing. We only guarantee event shirts to pre-registered athletes. We WILL order shirts post event if you do not recieve a shirt. There will NOT be cupcakes at the Finish Line...so don't hold back...

Race and Route Information: The Run will take place on the streets of Forest Park by the Jewel Box. All racers will be chip timed by Big River Running Company.

Packet Pickup Locations- You CAN register, if you have not already- Thursday, Friday and Race Day. You can only pick up YOUR race packet. You cannot pick up a bib number for another person. 

Note: You have to be present to pick up your registration- all athletes have to sign our waiver in person. Parents may sign for their children.

  • Thursday and Friday, November 6th and 7th- Pre-Registration and Packet Pick Up at Big Shark Bicycle Company, 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis MO 63112, Thursday 12:30pm-7:00pm. Friday- 10:00am-7:00pm.
  • You CAN Pick up your Packet on Race day @registration. We will  open at 6:30am. Race Start: 9:00 am. Race Day Registration will be $45 for the Cupcake Run and $60 for the Bottle Cap Dash.

Event 2: The Bottle Cap Dash 5K Obstacle Run

The Bottle Cap Dash- A challenging 5k obstacle course race for people who enjoy beer.  Course will have a minimum of 9 obstacles.  Six of the obstacles that are successfully completed, the participant will select a bottle cap from an assortment of caps.  The participant can collect 6 bottle caps to turn in at the end of the run and receive an assorted 6 pack of beer from the specific caps selected.   For example:  After completing an obstacle, you select a bottle cap from Goose Island Brewing Co., when you turn in your bottle caps at the finish line, you will receive a 12oz. bottle of Goose Island Beer to take home.  Not into beer? Bottle Cap Dash racers can select Fitz's or Crown Valley Soda or hard cider.

Obstacles will be fun and challenging.  Some will require athletic ability and others you’ll need to use your noggin.  Of course, if you are quick there will be special brew caps if you make it to an obstacle early.  Bring "something" to carry your bottle caps...(pockets, hands, cheeks, fanny pack, purse, murse, etc.) 

Awards: Medals to top three in each age group. Top 5 Men and Women Overall will recieve $15 Gift Certificates to Jilly's Cupcake Bar. Top 3 best costumers, completely subjectively judged, will also recieve $15 Gift Card from Jilly's.

Top Male and Female Overall Prizes from SWEAT: We have two gift certificates compliments from SWEAT for the top finisher in bottle male and female for a  20 person boxing party with drinks and appetizers included!

Age Groups: (Men and Women): 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 & 70+


Schwag: All Athletes over 21 will receive up to a mixed 6 pack of beer from the bottle caps selected and a Bottle Cap Dash Awesome Event Shirt.

Race and Route Information: Race course is on the grass field of Central Field. 

Packet pickup: Same as for Gateway Cup Cake Race.  Race day registration opens at 6:30am. Race Start: 11:00am.

 Youth 1.5k Obstacle Run-a 1.5k run with obstacles, eligible for anyone 8 - 20.  All finishers receive up to a 4 pack of Fitz's or Crown Valley Root Beer and a T-Shirt.   Youth entry/donation $10.00    Multiple siblings up to three $20.00 Youth Race Start: 1:00 pm.

CLICK HERE to see images of some of the Obstacles!

CLICK HERE to see a list of the Obstacles (under construction, pun intended)!

Timing Provided by Big River Race Management. we guarantee custom drawstring goody bags to the first 1500 participants.

Event times;

Gateway Cupcake 5k Run & Walk: 9:00 am

Bottle Cap Dash: 11:00 am (please note, depending on entries, start could be in waves)

Youth Soda Bottle Cap 1.5k Obstacle Challenge: 1:00 pm

Entry/Donation, Individual Events:

Register for both events and save $15.

Gateway Cup Cake 5k Run & Walk: $30 prior to 8/1/2014, $35 after 9/1/2014 (advance registration closes on 11/5). Race Day registration is $45

Bottle Cap Dash:

  • $38 before October 1st 
  • $45 before November 2nd
  • $50 after November 2nd
  • (Note- based on the quantity of entries- we may opt to start in waves TBA)
  • Race Day registration is $60


Click Below RunReg Link to Register

Head start anyone? All entries received by Tuesday, October 15th will be eligible to take ‘The Quiz.’ Note- You must be 21 or older to participate in "The Next Gen Quiz."

Entrants will receive a code to take a quiz of twenty questions.  You will have 24 hours to complete the quiz.  Based upon your score, you could receive a head start.  The Next Gen Quiz is valid for both events.  To be eligible for ‘The Next Gen Quiz’ you must sign up by October 15th. Note- we must have a YOUR email address in our registration in order to recieve the The Next Gen Quiz- if you were registered by someone else make sure that they input your personal/unique email address. (No Exceptions)

Parking: All participants are encouraged to park in the Upper Muny Parking Lot, overflow parking in the Lower Muny Parking Lot.

Post Race Hunger?  Throughout the event, food trucks serving fresh local fare will be on site at the Start/Finish. 


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 A joint Big Shark Bicycle Company & Lift For Life Academy production

Gateway Cup Cake Race Course

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Bottle Cap Dash Race Course

Informational Video

Bottle Cap Dash Slideshow

2013 Gateway Cup Cake and Bottle Cap Sponsors

2013 Bottle Cap Dash Participating Breweries

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I pick up someone elses race packet? No. You can only pick up YOUR personal packet- and you must bring a drivers license or photo ID. We have to have our insurance waiver signed by the athlete in person with ID present.

Where should I park? We strongly recommend parking at the Upper Muny parking lot, the Lower Muny parking lot or the Visitors Center parking lot. We will provide a free shuttle to and from the starting line. (You can also walk, won't hurt ya...)

Can I park along the street? PLEASE park in the above parking lots and not on the street, regardless if it’s off the race course. We would like race course and surrounding streets to be clear of vehicles so runners have a clear path throughout the race. We can’t thank you enough for helping free the course and surrounding streets of parked vehicles.

What is a cupcake corral? The cupcake corrals will be the designated areas along the course where you can consume a time-saving cupcake. You can only eat your cupcake in the corral. Cupcakes must be consumed in the corral prior to continuing on the course. The corrals will be a fenced-in cupcake consumption courtyard. Cupcake Corrals will be located at KM 1, KM 2, KM 3, KM 4 and just prior to the finish line.

If I’m a cupcake eater, what if I don’t eat a cupcake? If you choose not to eat a cupcake you will be scored as a normal non-cupcake consuming competitor.

What are the cupcake sizes? Cupcakes offered in the cupcake corrals will be Miniature (two-minute time bonus) and Standard (five-minute time bonus). You will only be able to eat one cupcake per corral, so choose wisely.

How do you know I’ve eaten a cupcake and how will my time be adjusted? Each cupcake will have a small plastic number, either a 2 or a 5. It is your responsibility to keep your number until the end of the race. We will add up and deduct your time at the finish line. Don’t lose your numbers or you’ll be outta luck. Example: If you eat 3 x Miniatures (six-minute time deductions) and 2 x Standards (10-minute time deductions) and run an unadjusted 30 minute 5K, your Cupcake Adjusted Time will be 14 minutes. Way fast.

Will youth be responsible for eating a full cupcake? Yup.

How young is too young? You have to be over 8 years old to do either the Cupcake Run or the Youth Obstacle 1.5K. Strollers are legal in the Cupcake Run.

What am I getting into? The Gateway Cupcake 5k Run & Walk and the Bottle Cap Dash 5k Obstacle Course are designed to give you a good workout as well as leaving you with a fun and enjoyable experience. 

How much advance start will I receive by taking the quiz?  The quiz is a fun and voluntary part of the pre-event hype. You will have 24 hours to complete and submit the quiz online. At packet pickup, based on your results, you could receive a head start from the main pack. You will receive a special sticker at packet pickup that you will attach to your race bib. We have instructed all business and sponsors that have questions in the quiz to give wrong answers, just to keep things interesting. The real answers can be found on websites, Facebook, blogs and basic online searches. Please note the quiz is for fun. You will not get an advanced degree or a better paying job, only the satisfaction that you will be getting a head start on your fellow competitors.

What if I don’t try an obstacle? Obstacles are designed to be challenging, fun and not overwhelming. However, if you would prefer to pass on an obstacle, you will be instructed by the obstacle manager to sit out for a period of time, depending on the obstacle difficulty level.

Will I get wet and muddy? Short answer: If it rains, yes.

What is a mystery bottle cap? At designated bottle cap selection points, you could have an opportunity to select a blank bottle cap. It is a complete gamble whether that mystery cap is a good brew or a questionable brew. You might hit it big, or you might end up with a beer that was produced for the purposes of a bad day at work.

 Should I wear gloves? Yes, gloves are strongly encouraged, since some obstacles require climbing and carrying objects.

 Are all obstacles physical? We have designed this course for fun. Most obstacles will be physical, but of course your brain is a muscle, too. There will be obstacles that will require using your noggin. Before the event, visit Facebook.com/bottlecapdash for periodic hints to obstacles that could help you with your racing strategy.

What do I carry bottle caps in? Bring something in which to carry your bottlecaps. Pouch, Fanny Pack, etc.

When do I collect my brews? After the finish line, at your leisure, you can turn in your caps from those selected beers at the beer station to take home. Enjoy!

What if it rains?  We will attempt to have the race as long as it is a safe and an enjoyable experience. If obstacles or areas of the course are too questionable as to safety, we will close those obstacles or areas.

Will non-alcoholic choices be available? You bet! Fitz’s Soda bottle caps will be available as a choice among beer caps.

What are the Obstacles? There will be a variety of obstacles from "stepping through tires," climbing over things, climbing under things as well as obstacles that require you to use your brain.

Will food and drink be available? Local food trucks will provide food for an additional cost.

Please note: This is a fundraiser for a charity, Lift For Life Academy. We will do our best to have the event as long as it is safe. If the race is cancelled, due to inclement weather, there will be no refunds. Participants in each event will shirts for each event they enter, cupcakes on course, and a six-pack of beer for completing the Bottle Cap Dash.

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