Please review the 2019 Kansas City Marathon Participant Guide for the most updated information

What if I have a question that is not answered below?
Please email info@sportkc.org and we’ll do our best to assist.

What day is the race? 
The race always falls on the third Saturday in October. 
2019 – Saturday, October 19 
2020 – Saturday, October 17 
2021 – Saturday, October 16 
2022 – Saturday, October 15 
2023 – Saturday, October 21 

Does the race take place in Missouri, Kansas, or both?  Where is the race located? 
The race starts, takes place and finishes in the state of Missouri only. 
Click here for travel information.

What distances are available? 
Marathon: 26.2 miles 
Half Marathon: 13.1 miles 
10K: 6.2 miles 
5K: 3.1 miles 

Can I change the distance that I originally registered for (ie - switch from full marathon to half marathon)?
Yes, please email info@sportkc.org if you would like to drop to a lower distance. All upgrades must be done at the late registration table during packet pickup. No refunds/credits will be issued for a decreased distance. You will have to pay the balance owed for an increased distance.

Is the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin part of a marathon series? 
Yes, we have partnered with the IMT Des Moines Marathon to offer the I-35 Challenge. This event allows participants to complete two distances at two different races on the same weekend.  Click here to learn more and to register for the I-35 Challenge. 

What amenities do I get for finishing? 
Click here to learn about the participant perks. 

How many runners do you expect? 
Approximately 2,000 in the marathon / 5,000 in the half marathon / 1,300 in the 10K / 1,200 in the 5K 

What were the top times for winners last year?
Click here for race results.  

Is the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin a Boston Qualifier? 
Yes. Click here for more information on Athlete Registration for the Boston Marathon. 

Is there an age requirement for the race? 
Full Marathon participants are required to be at least 16 years of age to run. 
Half Marathon participants are required to be at least 14 years of age to run. 
There is no age requirement for the 10K or 5K. 

Are walkers allowed? 
We do not have a separate category for walkers, but many people do walk the half marathon, 10K and 5K. Walkers must be aware of the 6 hour time limit and must maintain at least a 14 minute per mile pace. 

Will event merchandise be available? 
Yes, event merchandise will be for sale at the Health & Fitness Expo and on race day at the Finish Line Festival. 

What other things are there to do in Kansas City over race weekend? 
Our friends at Visit KC can help you find things to do while visiting Kansas City. Call 816-691-3800, go to www.VisitKC.com or stop by the Visit KC Visitor Information Center at 1321 Baltimore Ave.  


When does registration close? 
Online registration will close at 8pm on the Friday before the race.  Late registration is available at the Health & Fitness Expo.  There is  NO  race day registration.  Click here for registration info. 

Do you allow refunds? 
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. 

Can I transfer my registration? 
Yes, follow these instructions: 
1) Open the web page HERE 
2) Sign in with the email address that you registered with 
3) On the left or right-hand side of the page click “Transfer” 
4) Select “To a new participant” 
5) Enter the email address for the person you are transferring to and click “Submit Transfer” 
6) The new participant will receive an email with instructions to complete their registration 

NOTE:  In order to protect our participants and insure a safe event, each individual participating 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 registration is closed under any circumstances or be used by registrant in subsequent years. 

Can I defer my registration to another year? 
NO - we do not allow deferring of registrations to another year. 


Where will Results be posted and finalized? 
All results will be posted here but will not be finalized until the Wednesday following the race. 

Are there Age Group Awards? 
Click here to learn about awards and prizes. 

Do you give out monetary prizes? 
NO cash prizes are offered. 

Will there be a post-race awards ceremony? 
There will NOT be an awards ceremony on site.  


Where can I find a Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin course map? 
Click here for course map information.

Is the course certified? 
The Full and Half Marathon Courses are USATF Certified (Full Marathon: MO18017DG // Half Marathon: MO18016DG

What is the distance between aid stations? 
Aid stations are approximately 1.5 – 2 miles apart throughout the course. 

What will be available at the aid stations? 
Each aid station will have water and Powerade and a basic first aid kit with Band-Aids, Vaseline, etc.
Select aid stations will have fruit along with a power supplement for the marathon participants.
Energy gel will be available at select aid stations on the full and half marathon courses only.
No oral medication will be available at any aid station. Aid stations will NOT  be equipped with Tylenol, Advil, allergy medicine, etc. 

Is there a time limit for the event? 
There is a 6 hour time limit for the marathon course.  This is for each participant’s safety and security on race day.  Participants must maintain at least a 14 minute per mile pace to make the course deadline.  Any full marathon participant that does not make it to the half marathon/marathon course split (approximately mile 8.5) 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. This applies to FULL marathon participants only. 

Can I run with headphones? 
While the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation along with the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin discourages the use of iPods and headphones, we do not impose a ban on wearing such devices. 

Can I push a stroller? 
Strollers and baby carriers of any kind are NOT allowed in any of the events for the race. With the increased number of participants, the safety of all participants is a priority. In addition to strollers, any wheeled vehicle or mode of transportation is not allowed on the course including but not limited to bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, scooters, and hover boards. 

Can I run with my dog? 
Animals are NOT allowed on the course unless they are assisting visually impaired participants.  


When and where is the health & fitness expo/packet pickup? 
Click here for information about the packet pickup at the Health & Fitness Expo.

Will parking be available at the Health & Fitness Expo? 
Parking is FREE during packet pick up for all participants in the Union Station parking garage. 

Is there race day packet pickup or registration? 
There is NO race day registration or packet pickup. 

Can someone else pick up my packet? 
If you are unable to pick up your packet you may have someone pick up on your behalf. Click here to learn how to authorize someone else to pick up your packet. 


How is the race timed? 
The Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin will utilize MyLaps© BIBTAG technology with your timing strip attached to the back of your bib. 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! 

What time does the race start? 
Marathon, half marathon, 10K will start at 7 a.m. 
5K will start at approximately at 7:30 a.m. 

How do I line up race morning? 
Marathon, half marathon and 10K participants will line up according to their estimated finish time.  5K participants will line up BEHIND all the marathon, half marathon and 10K participants. 

Can I run with my Garmin GPS device? 
Yes, participants are permitted to use their Garmin GPS device and other relevant watches or tracking devices. Garmin is a proud supporter of the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin and we advocate and encourage their efforts to make fitness a lifestyle for everyone. 

Are hydration packs/backpacks allowed?
Yes, personal hydration packs or backpacks are allowed during the race.

Do you have a gear check area? 
Yes, gear check will be located in Washington Square Park and participants may drop their gear prior to the race, and retrieve it from the same location after the race.  NOTE:  Only the gear check bags handed out at packet pickup will be accepted at gear check on race morning. NO exceptions. 

Who takes the on-course and finisher pictures and how can I get them? 
Race photos are provided by Sports Photos and will be available approximately 1 week after the race.  


Where can I park on race day? 
Click here for information regarding parking on race day. 


Can I track my runner digitally? 
Click here for information on how to track your runner. 

Where is the best place for family and friends to cheer?
Click here for advice on the best places to spectate from.  


Are there pace teams? 
Yes, pace teams are available for the half and full marathon.  The pace team service is complimentary.  Stop by the pacer booth at the race expo to meet the pacers and pick up your complimentary pace band.  On race morning, look for your pace team sign and line up accordingly.  Click here for more detailed information regarding pace teams. 


Will there be a medical tent? 
Yes, a medical tent will be onsite at the finish line to assist all participants. 

What is available at each aid station? 
Aid stations will be placed approximately 1.5 – 2 miles apart throughout the course.
Each aid station will have water and Powerade and a basic first aid kit with Band-Aids, Vaseline, etc.
Select aid stations will have fruit along with a power supplement for the marathon participants.
Energy gel will be available at select aid stations on the full and half marathon courses only.
No oral medication will be available at any aid station. Aid stations will NOT  be equipped with Tylenol, Advil, allergy medicine, etc. 


Is there a host hotel? 
The host hotel is the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, located at 1 E. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108.  Click here for hotel information. 

Guide to Kansas City 
Kansas City is full of things to do, places to see and food to eat.  Take advantage of a long weekend during October and see all the different aspects of Kansas City.  You can learn about other events and activities around Kansas City from our partner Visit KC.  Visit their website or stop by the Visit KC Information Center at 1321 Baltimore Avenue, to see all Kansas City has to offer. 

Still have questions?
Please email info@sportkc.org.