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2012 Gateway Cup Cake and Bottle Cap Dash

The 1st Annual Gateway Cup Cake 5K Run & Walk and Bottle Cap Dash 5K Obstacle Run


Race Results Gateway Cup Cake 5K

Overall Results Competers

Age Group Results Competers

Overall Results Eaters

Age Group Results Eaters

Race Results Bottle Cap Dash 5K Obstacle Run

Overall  Results

Age Group Results

Two Epic Competitions Featuring Sport, Cupcakes and Carbonation

Presented by THF Realty

When: Both events, Back to Back, Saturday, November 10th, 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.

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 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 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 Jilly's Cupcake Consumption Corral. Failure to keep the Cup Cakes down will result in disqualification.
  • Only one cupcake can be eaten per station. Please use wit and tactics.There will be two types of cupcakes available per Jilly's 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 a Jalapeno topper. 5 Minute Cupcakes will have a Shamrock. 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 Jilly'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 Jilly's 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.

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.

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, November 8th- Pre-Registration and Packet Pick Up at Jillys Cupcakes, 8509 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis MO 63124. 12:30pm-4:30pm.
  • Friday, November 9th- Pre-Registration and Packet Pick Up at Little Shark Athletic Company, 6176 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis MO 63112, 10:00am-7:00pm.
  • Race day registration opens at 6:30am. Race Start: 9:00 am.

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 12 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.

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.    

Start Order: Runners will be started in groups of 25 every 5 minutes.

Awards: Medals to top three in each age group

Age Groups: (Men and Women): 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over


Schwag: All Athletes over 21 will receive a mixed 6 pack of beer from the bottle caps selected and a Bottle Cap Dash Performance Waist Pack and more..

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

Packet pickup: To be announced.  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 an event cupcake or a 4 pack of soda.   Youth entry/donation $10.00    Multiple siblings up to four $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

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:

Gateway Cup Cake 5k Run & Walk: $35 (advance registration closes on 11/7)

Bottle Cap Dash:

  • $38 before September 15th  
  • $45 before November 4th
  • $50 after November 4th
  • (Note- based on the quantity of entries- we may opt to start in waves TBA)


Click Below RunReg Link to Register

Head start anyone? All entries received by November 5th will be eligible to take ‘The Quiz.’ Note- You must be 21 or older to participate in "The Quiz."

Entrants will receive a code to take a quiz of twenty questions, 48 hours prior to the race.  You will have 24 hours to complete the quiz.  Based upon your score, you could receive a head start.  Quiz is valid for both events.  To be eligible for ‘The Quiz’ you must sign up by November 5th.

Parking: All participants are encouraged to park in the Upper Muny Parking Lot, overflow parking in the Lower Muny Parking Lot. We will provide a free shuttle to the start line. (You can also walk...)

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

Presenting Sponsor
Bottle Cap Dash Obstacle Sponsors
Participating Breweries
                                        Participating Food Trucks 

2012 Gateway Cup Cake Race Course

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Informational Video

Frequently Asked Questions


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. An email will be sent approximately three days before the event. 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? Obstacles will not require crawling through mud pits, but if it rains, the “I Love the Earth Net Crawl” could become muddy. 

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 for periodic hints to obstacles that could help you with your racing strategy.


What do I carry bottle caps in? After successfully completing an early course obstacle, you will receive a fanny pack to carry your bottle caps. The fanny pack is our gift to you for your donation to Lift For Life Academy.


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.

Basic information for adult and youth obstacle course, how long is it, are the obstacles too difficult?  The basic course for the adult version of The Bottle Cap Dash is the perimeter of Central Field. Approximately three laps for the adults; one lap for youths. Most obstacles will be in zones, three to a zone for a total of 18 obstacles. Depending on the lap, you will complete the obstacle number associated with that lap. If you are on lap No. 2, you will complete all of the No. 2 obstacles. For lap No. 3, you will complete all No. 3 obstacles. Youth racers will be assigned specific obstacles at each obstacle zone. The easier obstacles at each zone will be for youths, not necessarily the number obstacle above.

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 receive a finish-line cupcake and shirt for The Gateway Cupcake Run or a six-pack of beer and fanny/waist pack for The Bottle Cap Dash.