Overall Rating
Overall Rating (39 Reviews)
4.1
(39 Ratings)(39 Reviews)
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3.4
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4.3
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4.2
Join us for a marathon, half marathon, 10k or kids run through the beautiful streets and trails of Olathe. The event began in 2003 as the Olathe Marathon. The city of Olathe is just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Kansas City, located in Johnson County, Kansas. Come experience our Midwest … MORE
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    tswiesner FIRST-TIMER '11

    This race is ran right in my backyard. For the most part a very flat and fast course. I was blown away at the amount of spectators and volunteers on … MORE

    This race is ran right in my backyard. For the most part a very flat and fast course. I was blown away at the amount of spectators and volunteers on race day. I would highly recommend this race to anyone.

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    jgregg42 FIRST-TIMER '16

    they have changed this course a lot. hard to say what it will be like from year to year. it's well run. but not much to see along the course. MORE

    they have changed this course a lot. hard to say what it will be like from year to year. it’s well run. but not much to see along the course.

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    Iamarunner2 FIRST-TIMER '19

    It's been about 5 months since I ran this so I'll just note what I remember the most. Hills! I didn't plan for how long they were. Course support. There … MORE

    It’s been about 5 months since I ran this so I’ll just note what I remember the most.

    Hills! I didn’t plan for how long they were.
    Course support. There weren’t droves of cheering fans along the course but enough in spots to give you an extra boost.
    Medals and awards. Sweet!
    After party. Burgers, bananas and more!
    Packet Pick-up. Kinda lame for a big event like this. I expected more fun swag I guess.

    Not sure if I’d do it again considering it’s a 4 hour drive and an overnight stay for me. If I were local….probably.

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    sunmooars FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race is probably the most boring race I have ever done. Crowd support is few and far between, mostly at the start and finish lines. The swag was okay, … MORE

    This race is probably the most boring race I have ever done. Crowd support is few and far between, mostly at the start and finish lines. The swag was okay, but also not the best I have received. The expo was small. However, they did a fantastic job of putting the race together. Everything went very smoothly, it’s just not very scenic.

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    brittniv FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was so much fun!! My brother and I went down as first timers and I paced him through his first half marathon. This course is so pretty and … MORE

    This race was so much fun!! My brother and I went down as first timers and I paced him through his first half marathon. This course is so pretty and does have some challenging hills. The expo was very small and I did not find much of anything to buy. The medal was AWESOME. Also the after party, you can have up to FOUR drinks. They have other drinks besides your basic beers too. Free on course photography too. It was a lot of fun. I will definitely be back!!

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    lancenull REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Wizard of Oz Theme. Military discounts available. Nice expo; Day of race packet pickup available. Outstanding after party. Lots of food, and adult beverages. (Plus your standard post race fare.) … MORE

    Wizard of Oz Theme.
    Military discounts available.
    Nice expo; Day of race packet pickup available.
    Outstanding after party. Lots of food, and adult beverages. (Plus your standard post race fare.)
    Saturday race; can be doubled with other races.

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    melisaaugusto FIRST-TIMER '19

    I didn't make it to the expo, but really appreciated race day packet pick-up! The course provided a few challenging hills, but nothing that would have totally killed the day. … MORE

    I didn’t make it to the expo, but really appreciated race day packet pick-up! The course provided a few challenging hills, but nothing that would have totally killed the day. Spectators were few, but the scenery as we ran through the park on the latter part of the race definitely saved it. The only bummer was the finish through the school parking lot and then uphill! The medals were AWESOME! As were the shirts. I didn’t try the food, but they had freshly grilled burgers at the finish – that was cool!! I did have a margarita – that was a nice touch too!

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    SlowJuan REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Let Glinda's words be an encouragement to you; follow the Yellow Brick Road and run this race! The OZ Garmin is my single favorite "do-it-again" race. The entry fee is … MORE

    Let Glinda’s words be an encouragement to you; follow the Yellow Brick Road and run this race! The OZ Garmin is my single favorite “do-it-again” race. The entry fee is a good value. Kansas City is easily accessible with plenty of lodging options. The race shirts are always clever and the medals are consistently some of my very favorites. The course is moderately hilly and challenging, but Spring is in full bloom along the scenic route. And the OZ costuming is not to be missed! Every size, shape, age (and even gender) of Dorothy will be there. Plenty of Wicked Witches in attendance and always good representation by the Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion. The most impressive outfit I’ve seen was a guy with a wrestler’s build decked out in a movie-accurate vest, fez and the full black pinioned wings of a flying monkey! Don’t let anyone tell you that Aeriacharisdnatphobia isn’t real! Seeing this guy took me back to years of cowering behind the sofa when the flying monkeys showed up. (They’re just not natural!) Race Director, Bubba G, consistently raises the bar and delivers the goods on this event.
    Consider dropping by the Red Crow Brewery in Olathe for a post-race celebration of your finish. And don’t forget, “It’s not where you go; it’s who you meet along the way.”

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    The course of the 10k was very good, not too many hills at all. Staff was very friendly every step of the way. I couldn't believe the value of this … MORE

    The course of the 10k was very good, not too many hills at all. Staff was very friendly every step of the way.
    I couldn’t believe the value of this race. From the entry fees, post race offerings, and the free kids race. We hope to make this race an annual event for the family.
    Training for a race can be hard, especially if it means runs without the family. I appreciated the fact they have a Kid’s run too. My kids ran 25 miles BEFORE the day of the event, and another 1.2 the day of the event. They loved being “marathon finishers”.

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    MBeals FIRST-TIMER '19

    I'm so glad that I picked this event for my first half marathon. It was so well organized and the app was great. The course was hilly from miles 4-6ish … MORE

    I’m so glad that I picked this event for my first half marathon. It was so well organized and the app was great. The course was hilly from miles 4-6ish and followed a paved park trail for a short distance, which was nice. Am definitely planning to run this next year.

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    colers91 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I would recommend this race to runners of all levels. There were a lot of hills but most were fairly low grade and had a nice downhill to follow in … MORE

    I would recommend this race to runners of all levels. There were a lot of hills but most were fairly low grade and had a nice downhill to follow in fact the first 3 miles was pretty much down hill. I will definitely do this race again. It had great staff and was very enjoyable.

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    tndsmith FIRST-TIMER '19

    Plenty of well organized aid stations. Plenty of Gu and Gatorade. Course was very hilly, but really enjoyed the challenge. Lots of free parking right next to the start and … MORE

    Plenty of well organized aid stations. Plenty of Gu and Gatorade. Course was very hilly, but really enjoyed the challenge. Lots of free parking right next to the start and finish line. Plenty of portapotties at the start. No waiting! After party was Awesome- lots of free beer, margaritas, and barbecue. Garmin is a class Organization- Highly recommend the race.

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    arrahwanna FIRST-TIMER '19

    I would recommend this to other runners, it has great aid stations, people along the way cheering you on. The run route is challenging but fun too! Loved the massage … MORE

    I would recommend this to other runners, it has great aid stations, people along the way cheering you on. The run route is challenging but fun too! Loved the massage I got after I finished.

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    dalebassplayer FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my 27th state, and I was one of the pacers for the race. I thought the race was very well done, with a good number of aid stations. … MORE

    This was my 27th state, and I was one of the pacers for the race. I thought the race was very well done, with a good number of aid stations. Temps started off a little bit cold, but warmed up through the race. Gatorade was offered at every station and Gu was available at a number of stations. There was also some real food that individual aid station teams had brought out. Everything from fruit, to Hershey miniatures, and even donuts. I wasn’t that thrilled with the course, especially the profile, which was roughly “V” shaped. (meaning most of the uphill was in the second half of the race) The road portions were primarily residential, but there were also long stretches of paved bike path. The finish line celebration still had plenty of food and alcohol left, even with a slow-ish finish time. I really liked the medal, which was the scarecrow’s hat! It ranks in the top 5 medals that I have and ranks very high for originality.

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    sgreen24 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Good swag and a nice size race. The pace groups should have started out more spread out. At the starting line they were all together. Had a hard time finding … MORE

    Good swag and a nice size race.
    The pace groups should have started out more spread out. At the starting line they were all together.
    Had a hard time finding the beer tent at the end (sign pointing to the amazing beer selection would have been nice).
    All in all the race was good and I would run it again.

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    GoRunGolf FIRST-TIMER '19

    I loved this race! The expo was quaint and friendly. One unique aspect is a hot printing press at the expo, to customize your purchased race gear! I have never … MORE

    I loved this race! The expo was quaint and friendly. One unique aspect is a hot printing press at the expo, to customize your purchased race gear! I have never seen that, through all of my travels. I bought a 1/2 zip, finisher muscle tank and a head band. The race itself started right on time, and parking was plentiful @ the Garmin Headquarters. The elevation aspect of the race could be challenging if you don’t train hills (900 feet total elevation gain- mostly on the back half of the marathon). The cheer stations were sparse at the end, but you’re running with your heart at that point. The finisher medals are top notch. There was also massage at the finish. One complaint is that by the time the marathoners finish, a lot of the post race amenities are gone. There were no pickles or margaritas. Next year, I will return to run the half marathon, and see what experience that is.

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    42kStraley REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I don’t have one negative criticism for this marathon. First class all the way. The expo was awesome. Vendor participation and freebies were improved greatly over 2017. There was plenty … MORE

    I don’t have one negative criticism for this marathon. First class all the way. The expo was awesome. Vendor participation and freebies were improved greatly over 2017. There was plenty of parking at Garmin HQ. The course was challenging with plenty of volunteers. Runners lanes were marked well and there was no danger of traffic that I could perceive. Great pace teams and growth in spectators and supporters made this race enjoyable and compensates for the lack of scenery. I loved running on the greenway trails because the BNSF trains were regularly passing by.

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    hinzjr FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first full marathon, it was a challenging course, but not impossible. My pace group was great, kept me right on track and got me to the finish … MORE

    This was my first full marathon, it was a challenging course, but not impossible. My pace group was great, kept me right on track and got me to the finish with enough gas left to beat my goal by 30 seconds.

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    I enjoyed this race but it isn't for the feint at heart. It has some challenges along the way including a hill in the middle. There are plenty of water … MORE

    I enjoyed this race but it isn’t for the feint at heart. It has some challenges along the way including a hill in the middle.

    There are plenty of water stops with energetic volunteers, many in costumes. Plenty of spectators line the course which goes through downtown areas as well as neighborhoods–and let’s not forget the forest.

    Once you finish there is plenty of water and snacks (including a whole dill pickle to regain your salt) as well as real food such as a burger or a hot dog. Oh yeah. Beer and Margaritas too!!! What’s not to like about this race??

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    mwatrous FIRST-TIMER '19

    A lot of it is neighborhoods and trail, which beats actual KS scenery. The Wizard of Oz theme is fun. The aid stations are awesome and well-spaced. Loved the race! MORE

    A lot of it is neighborhoods and trail, which beats actual KS scenery. The Wizard of Oz theme is fun. The aid stations are awesome and well-spaced. Loved the race!

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