Garmin Kansas City Marathon

Garmin Kansas City Marathon

Garmin Kansas City Marathon

( 43 reviews )
97% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Kansas City,
    United States
  • October
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay, Virtual Race
  • Road Race
  • Event Website


Lockport, New York, United States
2 2
"Tough course but a nice race"
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Patricia 's thoughts:

This was probably the toughest course of the 20 marathons I have done. The hills were numerous, long, and pretty steep in places. Weather for 2016 was warm and humid (65-74 degrees, with 85-90% humidity) but cloud cover and strong winds helped to keep things cool and bearable.

The pacers at this race are very good. If you are able to hang with a group I strongly encourage it. There wasn't a huge spectator turnout, but there were many nice folks out along the course who were friendly and encouraging. I don't think they realize how much their presence helps! The police did a good job of controlling traffic at major intersections; however, a few cars managed to slip through, so it is important to stay alert.

At the later aid stations they hand out water-chilled washcloths that are wonderful. And don't throw those away after they have dried out, as they will refresh those for you at a subsequent aid station.

The time limit for this race is 6 hours, at which point runners will be asked to move to the sidewalks to finish. If you finish after the 6 hour mark you should be prepared to miss out on the post-race food and drink, but you most likely will still receive a bottle of water and your medal.

This race is not for the faint of heart -- be sure you do a lot of hill training to prepare. This would be a difficult race even without the heat and humidity.

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