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2020 Gateway Cupcake 5K 11/7/20

 An Epic Competition Featuring Sport and Cupcakes

The 2020 Gateway Cup Cake 5K is going to be deferred/postponed until 2021. There is not a "safe" way to attack several thousand cupcakes at this time. We look forward to a time in the near future in which cupcakes, and running for them, can be undertaken in a fun, risk-free manner. We look forward to dining and dashing with you next year.


When: Saturday, November 7th, Sunnen Station- Maplewood, Missouri- Start/Finish Venue

  • 9:00 am- The Gateway Cupcake 5K Run & Walk
  • 10:30 am- The Gateway Mini Cupcake Kids Fun Run

The Gateway Cupcake 5K Run & Walk

A classic battle between those who eat and those who compete. Participants who choose to eat can deduct 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 (roughly) at KM 1, KM 2, KM 3, KM 4.5, and just before the Finish Line. Cupcakes must be consumed within each Cupcake Consumption Corral. Failure to keep the Cupcakes 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 receive the time bonuses- we'll collect them at the finish line. Speaking of finish line...there will NOT be cupcakes at the Finish don't hold back.

Participation and Awards Categories:

  • Enter one of the following categories:
  • Eater- Male Cupcake Eater, Female Cupcake Eater
  • Competer- Men Who Run Past Cupcakes, Women Who Run Past Cupcakes
  • The Overall Gateway Cupcake 5K winner’s award, The Gateway Cupcake, will be given to the fastest finisher- real time OR Cupcake adjusted time.
  • Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women overall in both the Eater and Competer categories will win Big Shark Gift Certificates.
  • Edible Age Group Awards will be given to winners in both the Eater and Competer categories
  • Overall Winners are not eligible for Age Group Awards.

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

Schwag:  All athletes pre-registered by 10/30/2020 will receive an amazing, category specific (Eater or Competer) event shirt. Please note event t-shirts are only guaranteed to pre-registered athletes by 10/30/2020. 

Run + Route Information: The event takes place on the streets of Maplewood, MO around Sunnen Station and will be professionally timed by Big River Race Management.

Pre-Race Packet Pickup/Registration at Big Shark Bicycle Company, 1155 South Big Bend Blvd, 63117:

  • Friday, November 6th, from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

RACE DAY Packet Pickup/Registration at Sunnen Station Main Entry from 8:00 am - 8:50 am. 31 Sunnen Drive.

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PARKING- Please park off of Big Bend and walk to the start. Free Surface Parking Map For GPS and parking location please use this address:  3275 S Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63143

Fee Schedule for the Gateway Cupcake 5k:

  • $25 Prior to August 1st
  • $30 Prior to October 1st
  • $35 Prior to November 7th
  • $40 Race Day

Youth Mini Gateway Cupcake Fun Run (15 and under only) - a really, really fun run with one cupcake corral. Kids can snarf 1 cupcake to deduct 3 minutes from their time. This is hand timed by Big River Race Management. Course map.

Fee Schedule for the Youth Mini Gateway Cupcake Fun Run:

  • $13 Prior to October 1st
  • $17 Prior to November 1st
  • $20 After October 1st, thru Race Day

Youth Awards: Top 3 Overall Boys and Girls.


  • Do you like Cupcakes? Want a cool t-shirt? We want YOU to volunteer! Please email

PARKING: Please park in the Parking Lot off of Big Bend Road- 2nd Entry. Please DO NOT on the course or at any of the adjacent car dealerships. 


Previous Race Results


Gateway Cupcake Race Course

Gateway Cupcake Kids Fun Run Race Course

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I pick up someone else's race packet? Yes you can.

Where should I park? Please park in Sunnen Industrial Court- the 2nd (south) entry off of Big Bend Blvd. We will have signs. It is a short walk to the Start/Finish. Here a map.

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 the 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 are designed to be a cupcake consumption courtyard. Cupcake Corrals will be located at KM 1, KM 2, KM 3, KM 4.5, 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 Cupcakes x 3 minute deduction per cupcake (15-minute total time deduction) 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 the Mini Gateway Cupcake Run or the Gateway Cupcake 5k. 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 or some other unforeseen circumstances, there will be no refunds. Participants in each event will still receive shirts for the event they enter.