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Official Street Closures Notice

Resident Notification Letter

Labor Day, Monday, September 7th

Dear Benton Park Residents and Business Owners,

Your neighborhood will again be the backdrop of one of the most exciting events in area amateur and professional sports all year.  For four days over Labor Day Weekend, Missouri’s Top Professional Cycling Event, the TSG Gateway Cup, will crown a champion on four different courses. Beginning in Lafayette Square on Friday night, then Francis Park on Saturday, the Italian Hill on Sunday, and in Benton Park on Monday, the Gateway Cup is great (and free) entertainment for the whole family! We hope you will join us at the race- enter your kids in the Kid’s Races, run the Labor Day 5k+, or just come have fun. Please note that during the races, the course will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Street Closures September 7th from 6:00am until 6:00pm

  • The entire race course will be closed to vehicular traffic. 
  • All driveways exiting onto the course will be closed. 
  • There will be no automobile access or parking allowed on the course. 
  • Cars left on the course will be 'relocated' off course. 

Important Information for Residents and Business Owners:


  • The day opens with the 5k+ at 8:30am and the bike races will finish approximately 6:00pm
  • Arsenal from Indiana to Wisconsin will close at 7:00 a.m.
  • The full course including Arsenal, Pestalozzi, Sydney, Indiana, Lemp and 12th/13th will be closed to traffic from 8:30am to approximately 6:00 pm, as shown on the attached map.
  • Emergency vehicles will not be affected by road closures.
  • Residents who live on streets encircled by the route will have monitored access throughout the day at the intersection of Indiana and Crittenden- East/West residential traffic ONLY.
  • The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department stresses that residents remain patient when driving in the area of the event. Please drive cautiously and at safe speeds.

 We hope that you come out to watch the world’s finest amateur and professional cyclists compete for the honor of winning this final stage of the Gateway Cup. For the latest information please visit our web site at www.gatewaycup.com . Additionally, if you would like to volunteer, simply visit our web site and click on “volunteer.”

We have designed the race course with the Alderman, Neighborhood Association and City of St. Louis. The TSG Gateway Cup showcases the signature neighborhoods of St. Louis to a national and international audience, providing a world class free-to-the-public professional cycling event that enhances the image of St. Louis City.


Labor Day-Benton Park Classic Bike Race & Reclaiming the '80s 5K



When: Monday, September 7th, 5K+ (3.5 Mile) at 8:30am. Kids Fun Run at 9:30am. Registration Opens at 7:00am.

Cost: Pre-registration is $30. Day of Registration is $35. Kids Fun Run $10 (14 and Under). There will be slight surcharge for online registration.

Course: RETURNING FOR 2015. The course will be 2 Laps of the Benton Park Classic Race Course.

Local DJ Selkie will be rockin’ the 80’s
5k and Kids Fun Run
Stroller AND Dog Friendly
Edible Gus’ Pretzel medals for all finishers
post-race festival at the Gateway Cup
80’s costume contest









Check out the Event Route. There will be Street Closures. 

StartCategoryDistancePlace/PrizeField Limit
8:30 am Registration Open & Benton Park 5k      
10:00 am Juniors 25 min 3/Boys/Girls/Medals 50
10:30 am Cat 4/5 40 min 3/Medals/Glory 75
11:20 am Women 3/4 40 min 6/$300 75
12:10 pm Masters 40+ Cat 1 - 4 50 min 15/$800 100
1:05 pm Women Pro/1/2 55 min 20/$3250 150
2:05 pm Pro/1 75 min 20/$3250 150
3:35 pm Kids Races ($5 & suggested dontation) Sprint Big Wheels - Age 12 none
3:55 pm Cat 3/4 50 min 15/$600 100
4:55 pm Cat 2/3 55 min 15/$800 150

BPNA Newsletter Editor Needed

Help make Benton Park the greatest neighborhood to live in South City! 

This commitment takes only a few hours each month. No experience necessary. Past editors will help get you set up and ready to write! If interested, please contact Chelsea Zwick at vicepresident@bentonpark.org