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General Race Information

  1. What day is the race?
    • Saturday, October 19, 2019
  2. When is the race for future years?
    • The race always falls on the third Saturday in October.
      • 2020 – Saturday, October 17
      • 2021 – Saturday, October 16
      • 2022 – Saturday, October 15
      • 2023 – Saturday, October 21
      • 2024 – Saturday, October 19
      • 2025 – Saturday, October 18
  3. Does the race take place in Missouri, Kansas, or both?
    • The race 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: 6.2 miles
    • 5K: 3.1 miles
  5. Is the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin part of a marathon series?
    • Yes, we have partnered with the IMT Des Moines Marathon to offer the I-35 Challenge. This event allows participants to complete two distances at two different races.  Click here to learn more about the I-35 Challenge.
  6. What is the average weather on race day?
    • 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 participant apparel item and a custom finishers medal after crossing the finish line. Finishers will 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
    • 5,000 in the half marathon
    • 1,300 in the 10K
    • 1,200 in the 5K
  9. What were the top times for winners last year?
    • Marathon
      • Male
        • Overall – 2:31:57
      • Female
        • Overall – 3:01:57
      • Half Marathon
        • Male
          • Overall – 1:08:01
        • Female
          • Overall – 1:18:35
      • 10K
        • Overall Male – 0:32:54
        • Overall Female – 0:36:38
      • 5K
        • Overall Male – 0:17:25
        • Overall Female – 0:23:14
      • Where is the race located?
        • The race traditionally starts and finishes at Washington Square Park (north of Crown Center). The start is near the corner of 22nd Street and Grand Boulevard and the finish is at Main Street and Pershing.
      • Is the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin a Boston Qualifier?
        • Yes. Click here for more information on Athlete Registration for the Boston Marathon.
      • Is there a time limit on the event?
        • There is a 6 hour time limit for the marathon course.  This is for each participant’s safety and security on race day.
        • Participants must maintain at least a 14 minute per mile pace to make the course deadline.  Any full marathon participant that does not make it to the half marathon/marathon course split (approximately mile 8.5) 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. 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.
      • 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 and must maintain at least a 14 minute per mile pace.
      • Will event merchandise be available?
        • Yes, official event merchandise will be for sale at the Health & Fitness Expo and on race day at the Finish Line Festival.
        • NOTE: Finisher apparel will be for sale at the expo and on race day.
      • What other things are there to do in Kansas City over race weekend?
        • You can learn about other events by contacting Visit KC. Call 816-691-3800, go to www.VisitKC.com or stop by the Visit KC Visitor Information Center at 1321 Baltimore Ave.

Registration

  1. When does registration close?
    • Online registration will close Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
    • Late registration is available at the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 3-8 p.m. and Friday, October 18, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. There is NO race day registration
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Live Tracking

Participant tracking will be available for participants, spectators, family and friends.  Click here for complete information about Live Tracking.

Click here for more information about Social Sharing.


Results & Awards

  1. Where will Results be posted?
  2. Are there Age Group Awards?
    • Age group awards will be given to the top 3 finishers for each age group and gender. Awards will be available to be picked up onsite in the Finish Line Festival at the info tent. Please check at the results tent after your race for your place in your division.
  3. 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
  4. Are there Overall Awards?
    • Overall awards will be given to the top 3 male and females for each distance. Awards will be personalized and mailed out to each winner after the event.
  5. Do you give out monetary prizes?
    • No cash prizes are offered.
  6. Will there be a post-race awards ceremony?
    • There will NOT be an awards ceremony on site.
  7. When will results be finalized?
    • All results will be final on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Course

  1. Where can I find a Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin course map?
  2. Is the course certified?
    • The Full and Half Marathon Courses are USATF Certified.
    • Full Marathon: MO18017DG
    • Half Marathon: MO18016DG
  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 Powerade  and a basic first aid kit with Band-Aids, Vaseline, etc. Select aid stations will have fruit along with a power supplement 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 Powerade do you offer on the course?
    • Information coming soon!
  7. What flavor Power Supplement will the marathon course have?
    • The GU flavors will be strawberry banana and vanilla bean.
  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 (approximately mile 8.5) 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 and baby carriers 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 and baby carriers are NOT allowed. In addition to strollers, any wheeled vehicle or mode of transportation is not allowed on the course including by not limited to bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, scooters, and hover boards.

Health & Fitness Expo/ Packet Pickup

  1. When and where is the health & fitness expo/packet pickup?
    • When
      • Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 3-8 p.m.
      • Friday, October 18, 2019 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.  See #4 below for instructions.
  2. Will parking be available at the Health & Fitness Expo?
    • Parking is free for all participants in the Union Station parking garage.
  3. Is there race day packet pickup or registration?
    • 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. Can someone else pick up my packet?
    • If you are unable to pick up your packet you may have someone pick up on your behalf. You MUST complete the Packet Pickup Authorization Form and the person picking up must bring:
      • Completed and signed Packet Pickup Authorization Form (if filling out paper form)
      • A copy of your registration confirmation (digital or printed)
      • Their photo ID (the person picking up the packets)

      Click here to complete the online Packet Pickup Authorization Form – available in October 2019

      OR

      Click here to download the Packet Pickup Authorization Form – available in October 2019

  5. 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?
    • Marathon, half marathon, 10K will start at 7 a.m.
    • 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 and 10K participants will line up according to their estimated finish time.
    • 5K participants will line up BEHIND all the marathon, half marathon and 10K participants.
  5. Can I run with my Garmin GPS 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?
    • 2019 race photos are provided by Sports Photos and will be available 1 week after the race.

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 three 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 5:30 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.
    • Parking is also available at the Union Station Visitor Garage for $5.  This is very close to the new finish line and Finish Line Festival.  Space is very limited.

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.  Westport is the official Spectator Zone of the race and friends and family are encouraged to gather there to enjoy live music and food and drink specials from Westport bars and restaurants.

Pacers

  1. Are there pacers?
    • 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?
    • We have half marathon pacers for 1:30, 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 Powerade and a basic first aid kit with Band-Aids, Vaseline, etc. Select aid stations will have fruit along with power supplement 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.

Marathon

  1. What amenities come with the marathon?
    • 2019 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?
    • 2019 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 5,000.

Click here for more information about the half marathon.


10K

  1. What amenities come with the 10K?
    • 2019 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 are approximately every 1.5-2 miles apart.
  3. How many runners do you expect to participate in the 10K?
    • About 1,000.

Click here for more information about the 10K.


5K

  1. What amenities come with the 5K?
    • 2019 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 17, 2019 from 3-8 p.m. and Friday, October 18, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Union Station – Festival Plaza, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108.
  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.