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General Race Information

  1. What day is the race?
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
  2. When is the race for future years?
    • The Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin always falls on the third Saturday in October.
      • 2017 – Saturday, October 21
      • 2018 – Saturday, October 20
      • 2019 – Saturday, October 19
      • 2020 – Saturday, October 17
      • 2021 – Saturday, October 16
  3. Does the race take place in Missouri, Kansas, or both?
    • The Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin starts, takes place and finishes in the state of Missouri only.
  4. What distances are available?
    • Marathon: 26.2 miles
    • Half Marathon: 13.1 miles
    • 10K
    • 5K
  5. Is the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin part of a marathon series?
    • Yes, the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin and IMT Des Moines Marathon have partnered to offer the I-35 Challenge. This event allows participants to complete two distances at two different races for twice the medals and twice the fun. Click here to learn more about the I-35 Challenge.
  6. What is the average weather on race day?
    • Day: October 21, 2017
    • Sunrise: 7:31 a.m.
    • Sunset: 6:35 p.m.
    • Average High: 65°F
    • Average Low:44°F
    • Source: Weather.com
  7. What amenities do I get for finishing?
    • Each registered participant will receive an official Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin participant tee. Each full, half, 10K and 5K participant will receive a finisher’s medal with deluxe neck ribbon immediately after crossing the finish line. Finishers will also have access to Mylar heat sheets, finisher food and water along with complimentary massages. After the race, participants can enjoy a complimentary beer (for those 21 years of age and over) provided by Central States Beverage, a special participant food selection provided by a partner of the race along with great musical entertainment.
  8. How many runners do you expect?
    • 2,000 in the marathon
    • 6,000 in the half marathon
    • 750 in the 10K
    • 1,500 in the 5K
  9. What were the top times for winners last year?
    • Marathon
      • Male
        • Overall – 2:43:29
        • Masters – 3:13:19
        • Wheelchair/Hand Cycle – 2:10:19
      • Female
        • Overall – 3:04:23
        • Masters – 3:15:45
        • Wheelchair/Hand Cycle – N/A
      • Half Marathon
        • Male
          • Overall – 1:14:14
          • Masters – 1:26:11
          • Wheelchair/Hand Cycle – N/A
        • Female
          • Overall – 1:29:15
          • Masters – 1:40:14
          • Wheelchair/Hand Cycle – N/A
      • 5K
        • Overall Male – 0:15:38
        • Overall Female – 0:17:58
  10. Where is the race located?
    • The races traditionally start and finish at Washington Square Park (north of Crown Center), near the corner of 22nd Street and Grand Boulevard.
  11. Is the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin a Boston Qualifier?
    • Yes, the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin is a Boston Qualifier. Click here for more information on Athlete Registration for the Boston Marathon.
  12. Is there a time limit on the event?
    • There is a 6 hour time limit for the marathon course for all participants. This is for each participant’s safety and security on race day.
    • Any full marathon participant that does not make it to the half marathon/marathon course split (about mile 7.5) within two (2) hours will be placed onto the half marathon course for the remainder of the race. This has been added for all participants’ safety and security. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. This applies to FULL marathon participants only.
    • The Kansas City Police Department may open sections of the course to let vehicles cross when there are large gaps in the participants and it is deemed safe. Participants must maintain at least a 14 minute per mile pace to make the course deadline. Participants in the marathon that do not maintain the 14 minute pace per mile will be asked to turn onto the ½ marathon course at the course split.
  13. Are walkers allowed?
    • We do not have a separate category for walkers, but many people do walk the half marathon, 10K and 5K. Walkers must be aware of the 6 hour time limit. A minimum of 14 minutes per mile must be maintained for the full marathon in order to complete it within the 6 hour time limit.
  14. Will event merchandise be available?
    • Yes, we will be selling official event merchandise at the Health & Fitness Expo and on race day at the Finish Line Festival presented by BNY Mellon.
    • NOTE: Finisher apparel will be for sale at the expo and on race day.
  15. What other things are there to do in Kansas City over race weekend?
    • You can learn about other events on the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin web site’s home page or by contacting the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Kansas City. The phone number is 816-221-5242, the website is visitkc.com.

 

Registration

  1. When does registration close?
    • Online registration will close Sunday, October 15, 2017.
    • Late registration is available at the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, October 19 from 3-8 p.m. and Friday, October 20 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. There is NO race day registration
  2. Can I change my race distance?
    • Yes, you may change your race distance at any time while online registration is open.
      • To switch your race to a short distance, click here.
      • To switch your race to a longer distance, click here.
    • After online registration is closed, any changes will need to be made at the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, October 19 & Friday, October 20 by picking up your original bib and exchanging it for a new bib at the Late Registration table. NO CHANGES WILL BE ALLOWED ON RACE DAY.
    • NOTE: If switching to a shorter distance, you will not receive a refund for the difference in price.
    • Email register@kcmarathon.org with any questions.
  3. Do you allow transfers from one person to another?
    • After registering for the Kansas City Marathon, if you are no longer able to participate, you may transfer your entry to another participant for a $20 transfer fee (paid by the runner accepting the transfer). When transferring an entry, participants will have the choice of receiving a refund, or apply their payment to the new participant’s registration. The new participant will pay the current price point at the time of their registration. The Kansas City Marathon does not facilitate transfers and does not recruit runners to receive transfers. Participants may utilize the Kansas City Marathon Facebook page in locating transfer partners.
    • Click here for complete instructions on transferring your registration to another participant.
    • Email register@kcmarathon.org with any questions.
  4. Do you allow refunds?
    • We do NOT allow refunds.
    • 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 once online registration is closed under any circumstances or be 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.
  5. Can I defer my registration to another year?
    • We do NOT allow deferring of registrations to another year.
    • 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 once online registration is closed under any circumstances or be 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.

Awards

  1. Are there awards?2016_marathon_medals
    • Yes, we give out awards. We will provide awards by age groups for the marathon, half marathon and 5K races. All participants in the full, half, and 5K receive a finisher medal.
  2. Do you give out monetary prizes?
    • No cash prizes are offered.
  3. Will there be a post-race awards ceremony?
    • There will NOT be an awards ceremony on site. However, please stick around to enjoy all the festivities of the Finish Line Festival presented by BNY Mellon. All age group awards will be mailed after the event. This is to ensure all results are accurate and reflective of the event.
  4. When will results be finalized?
    • All results will be final on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.
  5. What age groups will receive awards?
    • The top three male and the top three females from each of the following age groups will receive prizes.
      • 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

 

Course

  1. Where can I find a Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin course map?
    • 2017 course maps coming soon.
  2. Is the course certified?
    • Yes the full and half marathon courses are USAT&F certified and sanctioned.
    • Certification numbers will be posted when available.
  3. Is the course(s) hilly?
    • Kansas City is not a flat town so runners will encounter some hills along the route. However, as a result, participants will get a great view of Kansas City which is why it is considered one of the most scenic races in the country. Thousands have completed this great course and so can you! Train for hills once a week and the feeling at the finish line will be that much better.
  4. What is the distance between aid stations?
    • Aid stations will be placed approximately 1.5 – 2 miles apart throughout the course.
  5. What will be available at the aid stations?
    • Each aid station will have water and Gatorade and a basic first aid kit with Band-Aids, Vaseline, etc. Select aid stations will have fruit along with Glukos for the marathon. No oral medication will be available at any aid station. Aid stations will NOT be equipped with Tylenol, Advil, allergy medicine, etc.
  6. What flavor Gatorade do you offer on the course?
    • Information coming soon!
  7. What flavor Glukos/Power Supplement will the marathon course have?
    • Information coming soon.
  8. Is there any food available on the course?
    • Fruit will be available on the marathon course at designated aid stations.
  9. How long is the course open?
    • There is a 6 hour time limit for the marathon course for all participants. This is for each participant’s safety and security on race day.
    • Any full marathon participant that does not make it to the half marathon/marathon course split (about mile 7.5) within two (2) hours will be placed onto the half marathon course for the remainder of the race. This has been added for all participants’ safety and security. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. This applies to FULL marathon participants only.
    • The Kansas City Police Department may open sections of the course to let vehicles cross when there are large gaps in the participants and it is deemed safe. Participants must maintain at least a 14 minute per mile pace to make the course deadline. Participants in the marathon that do not maintain the 14 minute pace per mile will be asked to turn onto the ½ marathon course at the course split.
  10. Can I run with headphones?
    • While the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation along with the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin discourages the use of iPods and headphones, we do not impose a ban on wearing such devices. Many runners choose not to wear headphones and, instead, listen to the crowd cheer them to the finish line.
  11. Can I bring my dog?
    • Animals are NOT allowed on the course unless they are assisting visually impaired participants.
  12. Can I push a stroller?
    • Strollers of any kind are NOT allowed in any of the events for the race. With the increased numbers of participants and the revised course, the safety of all participants is a priority and therefore, strollers are NOT allowed.

 

Health & Fitness Expo/ Packet Pickup

  1. When and where is the health & fitness expo/packet pickup?2016_expo_200wide
    • When
      • Thursday, October 19 from 3-8 p.m.
      • Friday, October 20 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Where
      • Union Station – Festival Plaza, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
    • Click here for more information.
    • NOTE: There will be NO race day registration or packet pickup. Your last chance to register is Friday night at the expo. ALL runners must pick up their race packet at the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday or Friday. Someone else may pick up your packet but they MUST have your confirmation number.
  2. Will parking be available at the Health & Fitness Expo?
    • Parking is free for all participants.
  3. Is there race day packet pickup or registration?
    • No, there is NO race day packet pickup. Runners MUST come to packet pickup Thursday or Friday. The last chance to register will be Friday evening at the expo.
  4. Do you mail out packets?
    • No, we do not mail out participant packets.

 

Race Day

  1. How is the race timed?
    • No more chips! The Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin will utilize MyLaps© BIBTAG technology. This system does not use a conventional timing “chip”, but rather an electronic reader strip mounted to the back side of the participant’s bib.  You will notice a metallic strip, surrounded by a foam pad.  The foam pad acts as a necessary insulator between the runner and the electronic reader.  Be sure to wear the bib number visibly on the chest. Do not fold or crumple your bib number or tag and be sure to use a pin for EACH corner of the bib number. DO NOT pierce the tag itself. The BIBTAG system cannot be altered in any way prior to or during the event. Please DO NOT try to remove it!
    • NOTE: The tags do not have to be collected after the race so each participant can keep the bib with the tag as a souvenir.
  2. What time does the race start?
    • Wheelchairs will start at 7 a.m.
    • Marathon, half marathon will start at 7:05 a.m.
    • 10K and 5K will start at approximately at 7:30 a.m.
  3. How early should I get to the start/finish area?
    • Each participant is different. You will want to be prepared to find parking, gear check, and get to the start/finish line in plenty of time to prep and be ready to start.
  4. How do I line up race morning?
    • Marathon, half marathon participants will line up according to their estimated finish time.
    • 10K and 5K participants will line up BEHIND all the marathon, half marathon participants.
  5. Can I run with my Garmin GPS or my Nike Plus device?
    • Yes, participants are permitted to use their Garmin GPS device and other relevant watches or tracking devices. Garmin is a proud supporter of the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin and we advocate and encourage their efforts to make fitness a lifestyle for everyone.
  6. Do you have a gear check area?
    • Yes, participants can drop their gear prior to the race and retrieve it from the same location after the race.
    • Gear check will be located in Washington Square Park.
    • Bib signs will designate which area to drop off your gear to ensure its proper placement for pickup.
    • NOTE: Only the gear check bags which will be handed out at packet pickup will be accepted at gear check on race morning. NO exceptions.
  7. Who takes the on-course and finisher pictures and how can I get them?
    • Information regarding photos for the 2017 race is coming soon!

 

Parking

  1. Where can I park on the day of the race?
    • Race day parking is located south of the finish line area along 27th Street between Gillham Road and Grand Boulevard. There are five lots available free of charge for participants and guests. Parking lots will be available on a first come first served basis.NOTE: Please allow yourself at least 45-60 minutes before start time to park, walk to the start, use the restroom, warm up and check gear on race morning.Click here to view the parking map.
    • Looking for alternative parking options? Ride the KC Streetcar straight to the start line! The streetcar will begin running at 6 a.m. on the morning of the race and offers more than 12,000 publicly accessible off-street parking spaces within one block of the streetcar route. Hop on at any stop and ride the streetcar to the Union Station stop, just one block from the start line.Click here to view the Streetcar route with parking locations.NOTE: Please plan on allowing up to 15 minutes when riding the Streetcar, as it will make stops when necessary.

 

Spectators

  1. Where is the best place for family and friends to cheer?
    • North of the start/finish line (near the intersection of 22nd Street and Grand Boulevard). NOTE: Runners begin by running north.

 

Pacers

  1. Are there pacers?2016_pacer
    • Yes, the Kansas City offers pace teams for the half and full marathon.
  2. What pace time teams are available for the marathon?
    • We have marathon pacers for 3:15, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 4:40, 4:50, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30 and 5:45.
  3. What pace time teams are available for the half marathon?
    1. We have half marathon pacers for1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:25, 2:30, 2:35, 2:40, 2:45, 2:50, 2:55, 3:00, 3:15 and 3:30.
  4. Who does the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin pace teams?
    • The Runner’s Edge SmartPace Team is a local group of dedicated, specially chosen runners that promise to set an intelligent pace given the course terrain. This method increases the likelihood of you achieving your goal!
  5. Why join a pace team?
    • It’s so much easier to let someone else set the pace (especially someone who will do so intelligently) and simply follow along.  The synergy of the group helps you conserve your energy and you can also take turns blocking any potential headwind further sparing energy.  Besides, it’s a lot more fun to tackle this challenge with others and our pacers promise to keep you entertained as well as on track.
    • The pace team service is complimentary.  Stop by the pacer booth at the race expo to meet the pacers and pick up your complimentary pace band.  On race morning, look for your pace team sign and line up accordingly.

Medical

  1. Will there be a medical tent?2016_medical_200
    • Yes, a medical tent will be onsite to assist all participants if needed at the finish line.
  2. What is available at each aid station?
    • Each aid station will have water and Gatorade and a basic first aid kit with Band-Aids, Vaseline, etc. Select aid stations will have fruit along with GU for the marathon. No oral medication will be available at any aid station. Aid stations will NOT be equipped with Tylenol, Advil, allergy medicine, etc. Aid stations will be placed approximately 1.5 – 2 miles apart throughout the course.

 

Hotel & Travel

  1. Is there a host hotel?
    • The host hotel is the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, located at 1 E. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108.
  2. Are there discounts available if I’m traveling to Kansas City for the race?

 

E-newsletters

  1. How can I receive updates and new information regarding the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin?
    • Email contact@sportkc.org with your name and where you are from to be added to the exclusive Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin email list.

 

I-35 Challenge

I-35 Challenge FAQ and information coming soon.


 

Marathon

  1. What amenities come with the marathon?
    • 2017 Event Apparel
      • NOTE: Shirts will be ordered in a men’s and women’s style.  Please select the appropriate size during online registration.
    • A Full Color Medal with a Custom sublimated v-sewn neck ribbon
    • Timing Amenities
    • Heat Sheets (post race)
    • Free Food and Beverages at the Finish Line Festival
    • Free Massages at the Finish Line
    • A Virtual Race Bag with many deals and coupons
  2. How old do you have to be to run the marathon?
    • Participants are required to be at least 16 years of age to run the marathon.
  3. Where is each of the aid stations located on the marathon course?
    • Aid stations will be placed approximately 1.5 – 2 miles apart throughout the course.
  4. How many runners do you expect to participate in the marathon?
    • About 2,000.

Click here for more information about the marathon.


 

Half Marathon

  1. What amenities come with the half marathon?
    • 2017 Event Apparel
      • NOTE: Shirts will be ordered in a men’s and women’s style.  Please select the appropriate size during online registration.
    • A Full Color Medal with a Custom sublimated v-sewn neck ribbon
    • Timing Amenities
    • Heat Sheets (post race)
    • Free Food and Beverages at the Finish Line Festival
    • Free Massages at the Finish Line
    • A Virtual Race Bag with many deals and coupons
  2. How old do you have to be to run the half marathon?
    • Participants are required to be at least 14 years of age to run the half marathon.
  3. Where is each of the aid stations located on the marathon course?
    • Aid stations will be placed approximately 1.5 – 2 miles apart throughout the course.
  4. How many runners do you expect to participate in the half marathon?
    • About 6,000.

Click here for more information about the half marathon.

 


10K

  1. What amenities come with the 10K?
    • 2017 Event Apparel
      • NOTE: Shirts will be ordered in a unisex style.  Please select the appropriate size during online registration.
    • Finisher medal with sublimated v-sewn neck ribbon
    • Timing Amenities
    • Heat Sheets
    • Free Food & Beverages at the Finish Line Festival
    • Free Massages at the Finish line
    • A Virtual Race Bag with many great deals and coupons
  2. Where is the aid station?
    • Aid station locations TBD.
  3. How many runners do you expect to participate in the 10K?
    • About 750.

Click here for more information about the 10K.


5K

  1. What amenities come with the 5K?
    • 2017 Event Apparel
      • NOTE: Shirts will be ordered in a unisex style.  Please select the appropriate size during online registration.
    • Finisher medal with sublimated v-sewn neck ribbon
    • Timing Amenities
    • Heat Sheets
    • Free Food & Beverages at the Finish Line Festival
    • Free Massages at the Finish line
    • A Virtual Race Bag with many great deals and coupons
  2. Where is the aid station?
    • An aid station will be available at approximately 1.5 miles.
  3. How many runners do you expect to participate in the 5K?
    • About 1,500.

Click here for more information about the 5K.


 

Kids Marathon

  1. What is the Kids Marathon?
    • The Kids Marathon is a chance for kids, kindergarten through 8th grade, to complete their own mini-marathon on the day of the Kansas City Marathon.
  2. How does the Kids Marathon work?
    • Young runners will have all summer, and part of fall, to train for their own mini-marathon. As part of the experience, participating kids are encouraged to ‘train’ by tracking 25 miles on their own, leading up to race day. The final 1.2 miles will be completed on race day making a total of 26.2 miles!
  3. Do the kids get anything for participating?
    • Each participant will receive an official finisher’s certificate, official Kids Marathon T-shirt, participant goodie bag and finisher medal.
  4. What time does the Kids Marathon start?
    • The Kids Marathon presented by Chick-Fil-A in partnership with Children’s Mercy starts at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Main and Pershing.
  5. Where does the Kids Marathon start?
    • The Kids Marathon will start on the corner of Main and Pershing.
  6. Are there other activities for kids to do?
    • Yes, the kids activities start at 9 a.m. on race day which includes a mascot race, group stretching and entertainment. The activities and entertainment will conclude at 11:30 a.m.
  7. Is there a group registration option?
    • Kids ages 5-15 are able to sign up in groups of 10 or more through their school, youth sports team, or youth group.
    • Click here for more information about signing up as a group.
  8. Is there packet pickup?
    • Yes, packet pickup takes place at the same time and location as the Kansas City Marathon, which is Thursday, October 19 from 3-8 p.m. and Friday, October 20 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall A.
  9. How does packet pickup work?
    • Come to the Kids Marathon booth at the Health & Fitness Expo. There, you will turn in your training log to receive your certificate of completion along with your race t-shirt and goodie bag.
  10. How many runners do you expect for the Kids Marathon?
    • Around 1,000.

Click here for more information about the Kids Marathon.


 

Still have Questions?

Email register@kcmarathon.org with any questions you still have.