2015 Gateway Cup Cake 11/7/15

 An Epic Competition Featuring Sport and Cupcakes


When: Saturday, November 7th, Central Field (east side), Forest Park

  • 9:00 am- The Gateway Cupcake 5K Run & Walk
  • 11:00 am- The Gateway Mini Cupcake Kids 1 Mile Run

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 3 minutes per Cupcake at 5  Cupcake Stations along the race course for a maximum of 15 minutes off of their finishing time.

 The Rules.

  • 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. Each cupcake will be worth a 3 minute time deduction.
  • Hang on to your Cupcake Toppers to recieve the time bonuses- you have to turn them in. 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 TBD Amazing Gift Certificates and a signature something Awesome, also TBD.
  • Edible Age Group Awards will be given to winners in both the Eater and Competer categories.

The Cupcakes:

Provided by McArthur's Bakery. Sinfully delicious.


  • 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 if signed up by 10/19/2015....and… the opportunity to eat a lot of delicious Cupcakes while racing. We only guarantee event shirts to pre-registered athletes. There will NOT be cupcakes at the Finish 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.

Fee Schedule for the Gateway Cup Cake.

  • $30 Prior to August 1st
  • $35 Priot to October 1st
  • $40 Prior to November 1st
  • $45 After November 1st.
  • Thursday and Friday, November 5th and 6th- Pre-Registration and Packet Pick Up at Big Shark Bicycle Company, 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis MO 63112, Thursday 1:00pm-7:00pm. Friday- 1:00pm-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 $50

Awards: Awards to top three in each age group. Top 3 Men and Women Overall will recieve Amazing Awards Cupcakes.

Top Male and Female Overall Prizes: We have two SPECIAL AWARDS for the top finishers.

Age Groups: (Men and Women): 8-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 & 70+

Youth 1 Mile Mini Gateway Cupcake Run (15 and under only)-a 1 mile run with one cupcake coral. Kids can snarf 1 cupcake and deduct 3 minutes from their time. This event will also be chip timed. Cost: $18 before October 1st, $22 before November 1st, $25 after and on race day.

Youth Awards: Top 3 Overall Boys and Girls.

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

Mini Gateway Cupcake 1 Mike Kids Race: 11:00 am 


  • Gateway Cup Cupcake Run volunteers wanted- Do you like Cupcakes? Want a cool T-Shirt? To Volunteer email

Click Below RunReg Link to Register

Parking: All participants are encouraged to park in the Lower Muny Parking Lot.

Shameless Plug: Check out the MO Stache Dash 5k on November 21st. Where the competition gets hairy. REALLY hairy!


Race Results

Gateway Cup Cake Race Course

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.

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 a Standard Size(three-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 "3" topper. 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 5 x Cupcakes (15-minute time deductions) and run an unadjusted 30 minute 5K, your Cupcake Adjusted Time will be 15 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 Mini Gateway Cupcake Run. Strollers are legal in the Cupcake Run.

What am I getting into? The Gateway Cupcake 5k Run & Walk is designed to give you a good workout as well as leaving you with a fun and enjoyable experience. 

Please note:  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 still recieve shirts for the event they enter.