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Overall Rating (51 Reviews)
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(51 Ratings)  (51 Reviews)
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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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    panderson322 FIRST-TIMER '21

    You would expect Garmin to know how to put on a distance event- and they do! Plenty of parking at the start/finish in their parking garage. Plenty of porta-potties. Packet … MORE

    You would expect Garmin to know how to put on a distance event- and they do! Plenty of parking at the start/finish in their parking garage. Plenty of porta-potties. Packet pickup was easy.

    The race is run primarily on urban park trails and residential streets. The course has a couple of hilly portions (basically a repeat of an out and back portion), but otherwise was flat or rolling. There were plenty of volunteers and hydration stations. I did miss one marked turn and ran an extra 1/2 mile, but that was mainly on me. I struggled due to a recent illness, but the course is not too hard.

    The race has a Wizard of Oz theme and several people ran in costume. It is not overdone, but made for some pretty ugly race swag (in my opinion.) Overall, a great race. I recommend it.

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    bobbybengal79 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This was the second time I have run this race. Due to postponement I got to run this race on my 42nd birthday. Small expo, but a quick and easy … MORE

    This was the second time I have run this race. Due to postponement I got to run this race on my 42nd birthday. Small expo, but a quick and easy packet pickup. Driving into Garmin HQ made parking easy on the day of the race. plenty of porta-potties as well. The course was a mix of bike trails, neighborhoods, and downtown Olathe (nothing noteworthy). a little hilly, but it was well marked and the aid stations were great. The Olathe PD did a great job at traffic control and were very encouraging. Nice medal but it had the original date of the race….offered burritos and a few other snacks…didn’t see any beer….will run it again as it is only 10 minutes from my house and is a well organized event.

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    erbVanZan FIRST-TIMER '21

    Expo was normal for the covid era we are in, yet not impressed being slightly badgered by the water filter guy. I don’t want someone selling me something for my … MORE

    Expo was normal for the covid era we are in, yet not impressed being slightly badgered by the water filter guy. I don’t want someone selling me something for my home at a sporting event expo. I wish he actually had water to pass out. Course was actually prettier than I expected although more rolling hills than I expected on the paved trail between mile 8-15 out and back. All the aid stations were well placed and great volunteers. I dressed up in a Dorothy costume so I got great fellow runner feedback and race volunteer motivation. I was pretty slow, but I did have Toto in a basket in tow. Due to covid this was postponed from April and I don’t know what the Emerald City celebration was suppose to be like as they felt they needed to cancel the after party. The finish was lack luster with minimal post race food and NO chocolate milk. I compared this to a very successful after party recently at Hartford CT with prepared food bags, beer tent, live music in a very spread out environment. I was a little more hopeful there would be a little more “hoopla” at the finish. It is a solid race for my 50 state endeavor. Oh and a helpful man at the expo entrance names Kelly suggested I go to the ymca for a shower, since I needed to check out of my hotel. It was perfect!!!

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    amburney FIRST-TIMER '21

    It is NOT flat. Train for hills. Also be aware that if you opt for the parking shuttle you might not have a ride back to your car. Good race … MORE

    It is NOT flat. Train for hills. Also be aware that if you opt for the parking shuttle you might not have a ride back to your car. Good race though, nice scenery and support. Lots of running on trails but they are very pretty and HILLY

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    Good mixture of roads and asphalt running trails. Good support at the water stops, plenty of cheering and volunteers. The race pacer provided encouragement and inspiration to get to the … MORE

    Good mixture of roads and asphalt running trails. Good support at the water stops, plenty of cheering and volunteers. The race pacer provided encouragement and inspiration to get to the finish line.

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    My race was deferred from April 2020 and 2021 then postponed to November of 2021. Packet pick up at the convention center was quick and convenient. Just a few venders. … MORE

    My race was deferred from April 2020 and 2021 then postponed to November of 2021.
    Packet pick up at the convention center was quick and convenient. Just a few venders.
    The race swag was basic. IMO, ugly yellow shirt, breakfast burrito at the finish with water and energy drinks. The medal was pretty nice; however, it has the April 2021 stamped on it. I understand for cost purposes and the strange times with Covid but it kinda sucks.
    I love a race that incorporates the use of the city’s trail/bike paths and this race put them to good use! Expect some hills throughout the race, equally up and down. The volunteers/police/city workers were wonderful throughout and felt safe and on course the entire time.
    My personal performance has been suffering lately and I’m still working on figuring some heath issue. Overall, I’m happy with my performance at this good runners weather race date!

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    grimesdee FIRST-TIMER '21

    Packet pick up is quick and easy. There was plenty of parking the parking garage at the start and finish which worked well for me as I travelled with two … MORE

    Packet pick up is quick and easy. There was plenty of parking the parking garage at the start and finish which worked well for me as I travelled with two other runners who I knew I would finish about a hour before. It was a tough and hilly course for someone who lives in flat land. The course was beautiful in the fall however this is normally a spring race. I did enjoy the course and the volunteers were all great! I was disappointed that there was no beer at finish. Two separate out and backs which is always tough. The weather was perfect in the fall of 2021.

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    shullrd FIRST-TIMER '21

    This course was relatively easy, but there wasn’t much to look at really. The production was smooth, but it lacked some of the excitement at bigger races. The reason to … MORE

    This course was relatively easy, but there wasn’t much to look at really. The production was smooth, but it lacked some of the excitement at bigger races. The reason to do this course is for the swag. Every year the race is themed on a different character from the Wizard of Oz which is pretty cool. I’ll definitely do this again.

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    Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The expo was small, but very nicely presented - even saw a 50 stater table there. I like the shirt design which was wicking and matched the character theme (this … MORE

    The expo was small, but very nicely presented – even saw a 50 stater table there. I like the shirt design which was wicking and matched the character theme (this year it was the year of the lion). The course went into a nice neighborhood (but with a lot of hills), and several different bike trails. I feel like we were on a lot sidewalks and roadways – traffic control was great!!! Aide stations were good with water/ Gatorade, and plenty of Gu especially in those later miles. Course was well marked with mile markers and pink arrows on the ground. I absolutely Loved the medals this year (except they had wrong date/year – understandable due to COViD cancellations). I enjoyed dressing up with my group as Wizard of Oz characters. The announcer/DJ did a great job calling out finishers, while keeping the music rockin’. The post-race food was good (burritos), but unfortunately no beer. However, the Red Crow Brewing is right down the street and has plenty of cold beer and space!

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    SlowJuan Nov 10, 2021 at 11:55am

    Glad to read that you had an OZ-worthy experience at the Garmin Marathon. Loved the irony of the Bluebird finding her way to the Red Crow. Nicely done!

    Glad to read that you had an OZ-worthy experience at the Garmin Marathon. Loved the irony of the Bluebird finding her way to the Red Crow. Nicely done!

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    Tank3872 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    The race is so well organized, from parking to the expo, it was just so easy to get there and get going. Almost zero hassle, I can tell that Garmin … MORE

    The race is so well organized, from parking to the expo, it was just so easy to get there and get going. Almost zero hassle, I can tell that Garmin put this on. Also the post race burritos were really really good 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 full, black, pinioned wings of a flying monkey! Don’t let anyone ever try to convinve you that Aeropetespithekosozophobia isn’t a real thing! 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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    RRWAEB83 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The race was a little more hilly than I expected and for whatever reason I was kind of dragging. The medal and post race, however, were really cool and a … MORE

    The race was a little more hilly than I expected and for whatever reason I was kind of dragging. The medal and post race, however, were really cool and a lot of fun, so if you’re into medals you should do this race. The free margaritas were an added bonus, haha.

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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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    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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