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Half-Marathon

START / FINISH

The race will begin at 7:05 A.M. with the Start and Finish at 22nd & Grand, across from Crown Center.

AMENITIES

  • 2014 Event Technical T-shirt
  • (NOTE: Shirts will be ordered in a men’s and women’s style.  Please select the appropriate size during online registration.)
  • IPICO Chip Timing
  • Virtual Race Bag with many great deals and coupons
  • A 3″ Full Color Medal on a Custom 1.5″ sublimated v-sewn neck ribbon
  • Heat Sheet (post race)
  • Free Food and Beverages at Finish Line Festival

Click here to register for the 2014 Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds.

AID STATIONS

Aid Stations will be located at the following mile points along the course:

- Mile 1.5
- Mile 4
- Mile 6
- Mile 8
- Mile 9 (fruit – bananas and apples)
- Mile 10
- Mile 11
- Mile 12.5

All Aid Stations will have water, Gatorade, and a medical kit.

Fruit is available at mile 9.

No oral medication will be available on the course.  Aid Stations will not be equipped with Tylenol, Advil, allergy medicine, etc.

MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY PLAN

Medical and Emergency Plan

AWARDS

All cash prizes are for overall winners and not by age category.

All finishers will receive a special Half Marathon Medal.

Overall
First Place – top male and female runner $1,000 each
Second Place – male and female runner $750 each
Third Place – male and female runner $500 each
Masters – top male and female runner $125 each
Wheelchair Overall – top male and female $150 each
Special prizes will be given to the top 3 finishers in each of the following age groups:
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

Athletes are eligible to win awards in multiple categories (excluding the overall male and female winners of each event).

REGISTRATION

If you would like to switch events, please contact us at register@kcmarathon.org prior to online registration closing on Sunday, October 12.  After this date, participants will still be able to switch events, but the process will have to be completed at Late Registration and Packet Pickup during the Health & Fitness Expo.

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.

FAQ

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

For insurance and safety purposes, we do not allow headphones, earbuds, iPods, radios, other hearing-obstructive devices or animals on the course. Elite runners and prize winners are not allowed to wear them according to USAT&F rules.  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.

What is the minimum age requirement?
14 years old

For more information, please visit our FAQs section.

COURSE MAP

Click here for the Half Marathon Course and elevation chart.

COURSE OVERVIEW

With only 2 noticeable hills and a couple of medium ones, this deceptively fast half marathon course will become even faster since we’ve taken out two ¼ mile hills. It is certainly the most scenic! The route connects the major attractions of Downtown to the Union Station to the Liberty Memorial to Midtown to Westport to The Plaza to the Nelson Atkins Museum to Hyde Park to the 18th & Vine District before finishing back at Crown Center. This race will certainly stand on its own as a fall target but can also serve as an excellent tune up for fall marathons or fun post marathon run.

Course Comments

by Coach Eladio Valdez III (Runner’s Edge)

Due to construction all along Main Street, the course has been updated between miles 1 and 3, but it will still largely keep our scenic urban course intact.  The plan is to stick with this for at least the next couple of years. As the course designer, I wanted to offer a more detailed description of each race distance.  If you’re like me, the more you can learn about a race, the better.  It’s nearly impossible to come up with a quality flat half marathon or marathon course in our city, so I tried to minimize the hills whenever possible.  I just modeled what has worked in other large cities – design a course that takes participants through its best parts.

There are other subtle perks such as making the hills more friendly by choosing the more gradual option or breaking a long hill into 2 doable ones, warming everyone up a little before the first big hill, changing the scenery enough to keep things interesting, making it more spectator friendly with loops, and providing a fast downhill to flat finish.  The half marathon is a smaller loop within the marathon meaning that participants will share the first 7.5 miles together and cover the same final 5.5 miles.  I hope you find this informative and enjoyable to read.  Good luck!

Start to Mile 4

The start is at 22nd on Grand, near Crown Center.  It heads north to 13th St. to provide a gradual downhill followed by a long, gentle uphill.  Check out the Sprint Center and Power & Light District.  Turn right on 13th St. just past the College Basketball Experience followed by a right on Oak and enjoy a long gradual downhill. Continue heading down the hill followed by another long, gentle climb up Gillham to 27th Terr.

Turn left on 27th Terr followed by a nice downhill with a right on McGee Trafficway and a left on 27th St..  You’ll encounter another gradual hill up to the Liberty Memorial as you briefly turn south on Main St. and then right on Memorial Dr. onto the loop leading to the Liberty Memorial.  In place of the much tougher Kessler hill for the past several years, you get a couple of more gradual hills before reaching the flat, scenic 1/2 mile stretch on Liberty Memorial Dr. to regroup before heading south on Wyandotte for a short, steep up and downhill.  Make it to mile 4 by turning left on 31st and right on Main.

Miles 4 to 8

The next 4 miles are flat to downhill with some rolling hills in between so you can really make some good time through here.  Head south on Main through Midtown, and turn right on Westport Rd. through the heart of Westport.  The only noticeable hill of this section will be encountered upon leaving the Westport area, but fortunately it’s a gradual incline.  Stay on this road until you see Roanoke Parkway and take a left on this tree shaded long gradual downhill – you’ll really be able to pick up the pace on this stretch if you’re after a time goal.  After turning left on 47th and reaching the halfway point to go through the Plaza, you’ll pass several fountains including the JC Nichols fountain.   You’ll get to stay with the marathoners for the first 7.8 miles before turning left on Troost and left on Brush Creek Blvd.  Lots of things to see on this portion while cruising right along!

Miles 8 to 10

From Brush Creek Blvd., you’ll turn right on Gilham to enjoy a long flat stretch before dealing with the 2nd and final big hill about 8.7 miles into the race on the scenic Harrison Pkwy through the historic Hyde Park area to Harrison Street.  Things flatten out as you take a right on Armour followed by another gradual uphill, and then left on The Paseo.

Miles 10 to finish

The last few miles offer a long gradual downhill followed by a final long flat stretch to make for a very fast finish.  This is where most people leave our pacers to finish up to several minutes ahead.  Continue north on The Paseo and take advantage of the 1.5 mile gentle downhill.  Turn left on 18th Street to enjoy another long flat stretch to Grand.  Left on Grand to navigate a final small gradual hill over a bridge.  From there, it’ll be easy to show off as you get a 250 yard pancake flat finish to Pershing at Crown Center.  Your treat for handling the first 10 miles is being able to finish strong with the last 3 miles being downhill to mostly flat.

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