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Saturday, October 17

Start Times:

Wheelchairs: 7:00 A.M.
Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon Relay: 7:05 A.M.
5K (look for 5K mile marker signs for lining up towards the back): 7:30 A.M.


The races will start/finish at Washington Square Park (north of Crown Center), on the corner of 22nd Street and Grand Boulevard.

How far is a marathon?

26.2 miles.

Is the course(s) certified?

Yes they are USAT&F certified and sanctioned.
Marathon: MO13079LJ
Half: MO13080LJ

Is the Kansas City Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, the Kansas City Marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifier.

Click here for more information on Athlete Registration for the Boston Marathon.

Are there other distances besides the marathon?

There is also a ½ marathon (13.1 miles) and a 5K (3.1 miles). The ½ marathon will start at the same time as the marathon (7 A.M.) The 5K race will start approximately 30 minutes after the Marathon and Half Marathon, please line up towards the back where there will be signage for 5K runners.


Where and when is Packet Pickup and Registration?

Crown Center Exhibit Hall A
2323 McGee St., Kansas City, MO 64108
(connected to The Sheraton Crown Center)
Thursday, October 15 from 3 – 8 p.m. and Friday, October 16 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Parking is free with validation for up to 3 hours.

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 information and/or your bib number!

Is there just one packet for a team or packets for each individual?

Each team’s bibs will be grouped together. Though each individual team member will have their own bib, they will be all grouped together in alphabetical order by team name. It is up to the team to decide if one person will pick up the entire team’s packets or if each member is responsible for their own.

NOTE:  All team member packets will be packaged together. Each team member must register online prior to October 11 to be considered a member of the team. There will be NO team relay member registration at packet pick-up.

Do you allow race-day registration and packet pick-up?

We do not provide race day registration or packet pickup. Runners must come to packet pickup on Thursday or Friday. The last chance to register will be Friday evening at the expo/packet pick-up. No race day registration or packet pick-up is allowed.

Can I switch events?

Yes, you can switch events up until race day.

Click here for instructions on how to switch events. If switching to a shorter distance you will not receive a refund for the difference in price.

Email with any questions.

NOTE: In order for you to have your name on the correct bib, event switches must be completed no later than September 14.

Do you mail out packets?

We do not mail out packets.

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 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.

Do you allow transfers?

Yes, click here for instructions on how to transfer registration.

Email with any questions.

Will there be an Expo?

Yes! The Health and Fitness Expo will be held in conjunction with Packet Pickup, and will feature booths from local and national health and fitness organizations.

Click here for more information including a list of vendors.

Will event merchandise be available?

Yes, we will be selling event merchandise at Packet Pickup and at the Finish Line Festival.

NOTE: Marathon and Half Marathon Finisher shirts will be for sale at Packet Pickup and Finish Line Festival.


How is the race timed?

No more chips! The Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds 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!

The tags do not have to be collected after the race so each participant can keep the bib with the tag as a souvenir.

Can I wear headphones, bring my dog, or push a stroller?

While the Kansas City Sports Commission discourages the use of iPods and headphones, we do not impose a ban on wearing such devices in the Kansas City Marathon except for the elite men and women and all those eligible for prize money. Many runners choose not to wear headphones, and instead listen to the crowd cheer them to the finish line.

Animals are not allowed on the course unless they are assisting visually impaired participants.

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 therefore, strollers are not allowed.

Where is the best place for family and friends to cheer?

North of Start/Finish Line (near the intersection of Pershing and Grand) Note: runners begin by running north.

Team Relay exchange points also make great cheering points and provide good parking options.

Click here to view the Team Relay course and exchange points.

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 your own 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.

Is the course(s) hilly?

Kansas City is not a flat town so runners will encounter some hills along the route.  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 sweeter!

Click here to view the 2015 Course Maps with elevation charts.

Are walkers allowed?

We do not have a separate category for walkers, but many people do walk the half marathon and the 5K. Walkers must be aware of the 6 hour time limit. A minimum pace of 14 minutes per mile must be maintained for the full marathon.

How many runners do you expect?

2,000 in the marathon, 7,000 in the half marathon, 800 in the Relay and 2,000 in the 5K.

Do you have a Gear Check area?

Yes. Participants can drop off their gear prior to the race and retrieve it from the same location after the race.

Gear Check will be located on the Northwest side of Washington Square Park just past the stage.

Official gear check bags will be handed out during packet pickup at the Health & Fitness Expo. Each participant is only allowed one bag for their gear. To ensure the safety and security of all participants and guests on race day, only official Gear Check bags will be accepted at the Gear Check tent on race day. No exceptions.

To check your gear, place all items inside the clear bag and secure your gear check tag to the top of the bag using the twist tie. Then drop your bag at the appropriate section of gear check. Each event will have its own section marked by colored signage.

What time does the Kids Marathon start?

The Kids Marathon starts at 9:30 a.m.

Where is the Kids Marathon starting line?

The Kids Marathon starting line is located at the corner of Main and Pershing (diagonal from the Marathon starting line).


Please contact with any questions regarding the Team Relay.


Are there awards?

Yes, we give out awards. We will provide awards by age groups for the three events (Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K). We will also have awards for top 3 overall male and female in the Full, top 3 overall male and female in the Half and top overall male and female in the 5K. We have awards for overall wheelchair male and female in Full and the Half. All participants in the full, half, and 5K receive a finisher medal.

Will there be a post race awards celebration?

An awards ceremony will not take place onsite.  However, please stick around to enjoy all the festivities of the Finish Line Festival.  All awards and prize money will be distributed after the event.


Will there be a medical tent?

Yes, a medical tent will be onsite to assist all participants if needed at the Finish Line.

What is the distance between aid stations?

The aid stations are approximately every 1- 2 miles.

Is there a sports drink at the aid stations?

Yes, there will be water and Gatorade located at designated Aid Stations along the course. No oral medication will be available on the course.  Aid Stations will not be equipped with Tylenol, Advil, allergy medicine, etc.


Where can I park on the day of the race?

Race day parking information is coming soon!

Where can I park for Packet Pickup and the Expo?

Parking is free for up to three hours at the parking garage attached to the Sheraton Crown Center. The entrance is on McGee Street. Bring your parking ticket with you to have it validated at the Expo.


Is there a host hotel?

Our host hotel is the Sheraton at Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street , Kansas City, Missouri 64108 or call (816) 841-1000 and the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 E. Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108 or call (816) 474-4400.

Click here to view information on marathon hotel room blocks.

Are there discounts available if I’m traveling to Kansas City?

Click here to receive discounts on your hotel stay while in Kansas City.

Are there landmarks along the race course(s)?

Yes, the marathon will encompass more of the landmarks than the shorter distance races. The course goes by Sprint Center, KC Power & Light District, Crown Center, the historic Westport area, and the Country Club Plaza. The course also goes down Brookside Boulevard, into the historic Hyde Park area and passes the famous 18th & Vine Jazz district.

What is the average weather on race day?

Day: Oct. 17
Sunrise: 7:31 A.M.
Sunset: 6:35 P.M.
Avg. High: 67°F
Avg. Low: 48°F
Record High: 87°F
Record Low: 28°F

Is there child care?

We do not offer child care.

I-35 Challenge FAQs

Click here to view the I-35 Challenge FAQ and information.


What other things are there to do in Kansas City over race weekend?

You can learn about other events on the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon 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