Overall Rating
Overall Rating (7 Reviews)
4.1
(7 Ratings)(7 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.9
SCENERY
4.9
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3.6
The Kansas City Marathon is managed by the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation, a 100% privately funded nonprofit. The Kansas City Marathon had its debut in 1979 as the Macy’s Marathon. In 1984, the event changed names and was officially branded the Kansas City Marathon. The Kansas City Track … MORE
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H (°F) 74 60 82 74 70
L (°F) 57 47 61 50 46
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    Tororuns FIRST-TIMER '13

    I've run several races in my hometown but this one was special. KC is really hilly, most out-of-town runners don't know that. But I enjoyed the course, and the crowds … MORE

    I’ve run several races in my hometown but this one was special. KC is really hilly, most out-of-town runners don’t know that. But I enjoyed the course, and the crowds were awesome. I race with a great pace group too & sped off at 10 miles. Ran race in 2013.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    42kStraley FIRST-TIMER '16

    This is a great race. There is plenty of cool city-scapes to look at and great community support and live music. This race had strong, knowledge and diverse pacing which … MORE

    This is a great race. There is plenty of cool city-scapes to look at and great community support and live music. This race had strong, knowledge and diverse pacing which was very helpful for a moderately difficult course. The Plaza was among the coolest places to run and the neighborhoods and parks were cool too.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    slomojohn REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The 2017 edition of this race did things backwards - literally. In a much-needed shakeup, the latest edition of the Kansas City Marathon changed the logo, the expo, and restructured … MORE

    The 2017 edition of this race did things backwards – literally. In a much-needed shakeup, the latest edition of the Kansas City Marathon changed the logo, the expo, and restructured the course, taking the 2016 race and running much of the course in reverse, and adding a scenic, (much welcomed), downhill finish. The course still winds through the downtown, through the Power and Light District, past the Sprint Center, a leg through the 18th and Vine area, then a long lope along the Paseo, then turning past the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, through the Plaza and Westport areas, and cresting with the view of the downtown area, a gorgeous sight in the early morning. For those who have never run in Kansas City, be warned, there are hills, and are not to be taken lightly.
    This race was a revitalization of prior editions. The 2016 race seemed tired and worn out, like a race shirt that’s been worn too many times and is beginning to wear out. The expo site was moved to Union Station, a great Kansas City landmark, there was a new logo and more publicity, and a new RD, who really started using social media to get the word out. Garmin is the new sponsor, and they brought in three of their athletes as well. The resulting jolt of energy really produced a more vibrant and interesting race experience. The RD has plans to make this a signature event, and the pieces are in place for this to happen with a couple more years like this one.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
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    3

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    starlingk2003 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    They switched up the course for 2017 and ran it backwards, but I was not a fan. Hills were worse. The old course was a PR for me. I did … MORE

    They switched up the course for 2017 and ran it backwards, but I was not a fan. Hills were worse. The old course was a PR for me. I did this as part 2 of the I-35 challenge.

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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    4
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    ankenyrunner FIRST-TIMER '17

    A daunting course for those not used to lots of hills. I loved the deversity of the scenery and getting to see the bueaty of KC. Definitely worth the effort … MORE

    A daunting course for those not used to lots of hills. I loved the deversity of the scenery and getting to see the bueaty of KC. Definitely worth the effort for the, “yep, I did that” experience.

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    5
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    3
    SCENERY
    5
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    1

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    Alex_Diaz FIRST-TIMER '17

    It did eat me up alive. Very hilly especially after the 5k Mark all the way to the 5 mile mark. A lot more volunteers than I thought. Very awesome … MORE

    It did eat me up alive. Very hilly especially after the 5k Mark all the way to the 5 mile mark. A lot more volunteers than I thought. Very awesome people.
    Mile 10-11 is another uphill battle.
    But a little after mile 12 it’s the last .7 miles downhill.
    Dashed that last part of it.
    A very organized race and a very happy experience.
    If you like hills this is your race.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '15

    This course did have some hills, but none were particularly long or steep. It wasn't as nearly as bad as the Heart of America Marathon in Columbia, MO. It started … MORE

    This course did have some hills, but none were particularly long or steep. It wasn’t as nearly as bad as the Heart of America Marathon in Columbia, MO. It started in downtown and went through some nice neighborhoods. All in all a very nice event.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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