Kansas City’s Big 12 Run

Kansas City’s Big 12 Run
1 mile, 5K and 12K
Saturday, March 16

8 a.m. – 1 mile
8:30 a.m. – 5K and 12K (approximately)

The course begins and ends in the heart of downtown Kansas City.  Choose from the 1 mile, 5K, or 12K distance. Runners of all experience levels are encouraged to participate in this family-friendly event. Strollers are welcome for the 1 mile and 5K race. Celebrate college basketball and wear your team’s colors for this fun running event!

There are great reasons to challenge yourself and register for a combo of the 5K or 12K AND the 1 mile race:

  • All runners who register for two races will receive a $10 total discount.
  • All runners who register for two races will receive a voucher to Run 816 (the voucher value will be between $10-$50).
  • There will be a contest for fastest combined times for both males and females (1 mile + 5K and 1 mile + 12K).  Each combined time winner will receive a $75 voucher from Run 816!


Jan. 1 – Feb. 3 Feb. 4-Mar. 14 Packet Pickup
Individual 12K $50 $55 $65
12K + 1 Mile $63 $71 $85
Individual 5K $35 $40 $45
5K + 1 Mile $48 $56 $65
1 Mile $23 $26 $30

All 12K and 5K participants will receive a participant shirt, finisher medal, and a free beer after the race (21 years and older).

All 1 mile participants will receive a participant shirt and a free beer after the race (21 years and older).  All runners who register for two races will receive a discount.

Maximum of one (1) shirt for runners who participate in two races.

Click here for a 5K Training Program for a Novice
Click here for a 12K Training Program for a Beginner

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Central States Beverage Company will be buying each participant (21 years of age and older) a complimentary beer at KC Live! in the Kansas City Power & Light District.  Present the beer tear away from your bib at McFadden’s Sports Saloon (1330 Grand Blvd), along with a valid form of I.D., to receive a Miller Lite or Boulevard Wheat.  Offer valid Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NOTE: In order to protect our participants and insure a safe event, each individual participating in this event must be officially registered under his or her own name with accurate personal information.  Failure to do so will void the registration and prohibit participation.  Registration entries and race numbers cannot be transferred to another person under any circumstances or used by registrant in subsequent years.  Registration fees are non-refundable in all cases regardless of inability to participate or event cancellation.  The race director reserves the right to cancel the event because of weather, natural disaster or other unforeseen circumstances which pose a significant danger to the participants.

The race will go on regardless of weather conditions.  However, if it is determined that it is unsafe to walk/run, the race director reserves the right to cancel the event.

Friday, March 15, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location TBA

Saturday, March 16, 6:30 a.m.
Corner of 13th Street and Grand Boulevard
Near Sprint Center in front of the College Basketball Experience

Click here for the 2019 Course Map

Start/Finish: 12th & Grand Blvd

Race Day Parking:
Click here for the parking map to find locations to park for the race.  Complimentary parking will be offered to all participants of the Big 12 Run at two parking garages along 11th Street.  The first garage entrance is located at 1120 Oak Street.  NOTE: This garage is located on the race route. Participants may not be able to leave until the race is completed.

The second garage entrance is located at 11th Street at the corner of Cherry.  Both of these garages will be free of charge for all participants.  The Kansas City Sports Commission is not responsible for fees charged at other parking locations.

KC Streetcar Option:
Avoid traffic on race day and ride the KC Streetcar to the start/finish line.  Free surface lots are located at 7th and Main (limited space available).  The streetcar begins at 7 a.m. Take the streetcar to the Metro Center stop (12th & Main) and walk 2 blocks east on 12th Street to the start line.  Click here to see the streetcar map.

If you have questions on Saturday morning before the race, or need help with road closings and an alternate route, please call 816-701-9143.

Road closures begin at 8 a.m. and could last up to 3 hours in these areas:

Power & Light District
Government District
18th & Vine
Crown Center
The Crossroads District

Kansas City’s Big 12 Run will allow families with strollers to participate in the 5K and 1 mile races.  Due to safety reasons, strollers are NOT permitted on the 12K course.

Note: No headsets, motorized vehicles, roller blades, bikes or dogs will be allowed on the course. Baby strollers and baby joggers will be allowed in the 5K and 1 mile only. Protection will be provided at all intersections by the Kansas City, MO police department and/or volunteers.

Prizes will be awarded to the following:

12K – Overall Male and Female:
First Place Male and Female:  $1,000 in Phillips 66 gas, two tickets to the Championship game
Second Place Male and Female:  $500 in Phillips 66 gas

5K – Overall Male and Female:
First Place Male and Female:  $750 in Phillips 66 gas, two tickets to the Championship game

1 Mile – Overall Male and Female:
Top 3 Male and Female Finishers: $300 (1st place), $150 (2nd place), $50 (3rd place)

Male and Female Age Group Award Categories:
17 & under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over.

All Results will be finalized on Wednesday, March 20. This is to ensure accurate information and placement for all participants. Overall event winners in each race category are excluded from age group awards.

All photos are available as free downloads brought to you by sportsphotos.com.

Past Results:

2018 1 Mile
2018 5K
2018 12K
2018 1 Mile + 5K Combo
2018 1 Mile + 12K Combo
2017 5K
2017 12k
2016 5K
2016 12K
2015 5K
2015 12K