- 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
- Event Website
The Garmin race was well put-together and organized. It was "The year of Dorothy," and everything was Wizard of Oz themed. The race management did a great job and communicated well and thoroughly with all racers, so I felt prepared going into the day of the race.
The T-shirt was comfortable and flattering, and I still wear it to work out in all the time.
All of the aid-stations had lots of enthusiastic volunteers that cheered the runners on, and they were evenly dispersed. I accidentally forgot a piece for the bladder of my hydration backpack, so I had to rely on the aid stations for all of my hydration and nutrition. They did a great job making sure we had everything we needed.
The course took us through a lot of Olathe Kansas, which isn't exactly unattractive to look at, but it feels a lot like any suburban city. My favorite part to run through was toward the end - we went on a trail that took us through a beautiful, wooded park. It was so nice!
The expo was fine- all the racers were sort of funneled through a narrow maze with tables set up on every side. I wasn't in the mood to look at any products that were offered, and I had a bit of trouble getting to the registration table and picking up my gear because it was crowded. I imagine that it would be a lot more fun for people who actually enjoy looking at the tables and chatting with the sales reps.
The course was fairly flat - it's Kansas, after all. There were a few hills that took me by surprise, but it wasn't anything especially challenging.
Since the race starts and finishes at Garmin Headquarters, there is SO much parking. Like, not a problem at all.
The race was well-managed and well-organized. It was easy to tell that the people putting on the race had a blast planning it. They made sure that volunteers dressed up, which was also fun to see.