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This is my second time running the Kansas City Marathon! But this time I opted for the 10K since I was coming off my second marathon two weeks before.
Expo: Having the expo in Union Station was amazing. It is not only a historic part of KC but it was super easy to get to. Free parking and the option to quickly get your bib and go, or do what I do and walk around planning my next race. The vendors were amazing and everyone was very helpful.
Day of: Parking is always something that stresses me out. KC has a lot of paid parking garages and the race defined ones fill up face. My suggestion is to find one that is on the streetcar path and park there. We had about a 15-minute walk to the start.
The Race: The 10K, Half and Full all start together. It was a little packed, but I think that was because I was in a popular pace time. The fireworks at the start got the excitement up to level 10. The course was so exciting and different from the year I did it. This year went up Grand towards the Sprint Center. This time we were lucky enough to go through the historic 18th and Vine! The spectators and aid stations were stocked and were amazing. They were so encouraging and had the most energy. The biggest change for me was the finish! It was downhill (YESSS) and gave me the kick that I needed!
Post Race- After I crossed the finish line there were people handing out Chick-Fil-a sandwiches. Post race beers with no line and lots of space to find my family that all did the 5k race!
This race is amazing. I know the Half and Full are challenging so be ready. If you are looking for a 10K that is well staffed, organized and fun this is the race for you!