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Hills and Hollows

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Distance Half marathon

About Hills and Hollows

This is a race that certainly lives up to its name, as Valmeyer’s Hills and Hollows Half Marathon & 5K takes runners on a course that varies between relatively flat straightaway stretches and some seriously challenging uphill stretches, especially in the last few miles of the race. From the starting line on the edge of town on Route 156, this out-and-back race follows a clockwise loop course through the “hills and hollows” of the countryside just outside Valmeyer.

Dedicated to the memory of local resident Melvin J. Fisher, a longtime member of the Valmeyer Volunteer Fire Department who helped grow and modernize the department for many years, the race starts at the corner of Route 156 and South Valmeyer Avenue, at an elevation of about 846 feet above sea level.

Runners will doubt notice that much of the course takes runners through the Mississippi River floodplain. The area is actually nearly totally rebuilt communities, as much of the area was wiped away 15 years ago when the river overflowed its banks in the great flood of 1993. Since that time, the town of Valmeyer has been rebuilt on a site about two miles east of its original location, and 400 feet higher in elevation.

So get ready to experience history and beauty in this race!


Hills and Hollows Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

Hills and Hollows 5K

  • 5km


After Race Services

Free food and drinks will be served at the finish line in buffet style.

Aid Stations

Aid Stations will be approximately every mile. All aid stations will have water & Gatorade.

Award Medals

Finishers medal. Awards will be given to the top 3 athletes in each event and age division, male and female. Open Awards, followed by Masters (40-49); Grand Masters (50-59); Seniors (60-69). Age Division Awards start at 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. There will be no duplication of awards in Open or Age Divisions.If you are an Emergency Response Personnel (Firefighters, EMT, Paramedics or Police Officers) and or Active / Retired Military Personnel you qualify for the Special Awards.

Equipment Storage

If you leave something at an aid station or along the course you do so at your own risk.

Maximum Time

3 hours 30 minutes


Absolutely no parking at the Firehouse.


Chip Timing will be provided by Final Lap Race Management. Your timing device will need to be attached to your running shoe.

Hills and Hollows Route Map

Hills and Hollows Route Map


Corner of Route 156 and South Valmeyer Avenue



The race starts at the corner of Route 156 and South Valmeyer Avenue, at an elevation of about 846 feet above sea level.

From there, the course takes runners southward along Route C and Deer Hill Road, with a number of turns along the way. When it reaches Madonnaville at KK Road, the course turns westward and heads toward Monroe City.

After Monroe City, the course begins a long, steady descent toward its lowest elevation as it runs along the Mississippi River bottoms areas along the edge of the hills, turning northward off KK Road onto Bluff Road. The next four miles are all northward along Bluff Road, toward the turn at Mitchell & Main Street, where the course begins its final — and steepest — hilly stretch over the last two miles to the finish line.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.