Overall Rating
Overall Rating (71 Reviews)
4.4
(71 Ratings)(71 Reviews)
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3.9
SCENERY
4.2
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4
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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    jocelyn.pegg FIRST-TIMER '19

    I will limit my statement regarding how hilly this course is to this: DEAR LORD THE HILLS! This was my first full marathon and while I was disappointed in my … MORE

    I will limit my statement regarding how hilly this course is to this: DEAR LORD THE HILLS!

    This was my first full marathon and while I was disappointed in my performance, that did not detract from how much I enjoyed this race. I moved to KC a few years ago and fell in love running the downtown area, so when I made the jump from half to a full, this was a no-brainer. The course takes you through all the major highlights of the city: down town, the “government” district with the art deco city hall and courthouse, the Jazz district, historic residential areas, the ever-beautiful Ward Parkway, and everyone’s fave Westport!

    The crowds aren’t nearly as large as a Boston or Chicago, but there are plenty of people who come out and cheer on the random strangers running through their neighborhoods. Tons of fun, unique handouts (I’m talking to you, pickle lady and mimosa/coffee cake house!). Hands down, the best part of the race hits you right around mile 24, just when you really REALLY need it – the wonderful folks at Run 816 in Westport. You couldn’t ask for any group better to push you through the last 2 miles of this ass-kicker of a race.

    The expo is amazing, the price is reasonable, they put out a podcast, there are course preview training runs through the summer, the race directors put up a bunch of training plans for everyone’s needs, you can live-stream your race so your friends and family can track you as you move along…. it’s high tech, and down home and quirky and fun all at the same time! KCM is a wonderful race in a wonderful city, and you will feel incredibly accomplished when you cross that finish line.

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    lindiana55 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is only my second half, and the last was 7 years ago. The first was a smaller race, so this one was big and exciting for me by comparison. … MORE

    This is only my second half, and the last was 7 years ago. The first was a smaller race, so this one was big and exciting for me by comparison. I liked seeing KC from a different perspective, and the hills were not too bad. The downhill at the end was fantastic. Unlike my first half, there were plenty of portapotties. I liked the race t-shirt and love the goodr sunglasses.

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    michaylak FIRST-TIMER '19

    Not a bad race. traffic and parking were terrible and ended up starting 17 min after the gun despite leaving my house (normally 15 min away) over an hour before MORE

    Not a bad race. traffic and parking were terrible and ended up starting 17 min after the gun despite leaving my house (normally 15 min away) over an hour before start time.

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    mattadams FIRST-TIMER '19

    Packet pickup and expo was in a good location at Union Station that allowed me to get familiar with the area and the start line, etc. before race day. Parking … MORE

    Packet pickup and expo was in a good location at Union Station that allowed me to get familiar with the area and the start line, etc. before race day. Parking was a bit hectic for the packet pickup, but I got there plenty early on race day so parking was a snap. Nice that it was free for packet pickup. The giveaway shirt was meh and didn’t really fit, but will work fine on my shirt blanket :).
    The race itself was rainy and cold, but that’s not their fault! Unfortunately it rained so hard there were a lot of puddles that couldn’t be avoided and I ended up running with wet feet and getting some blisters, but such is life. Aid stations were at decent distances, and there were some good crowds out at various locations to cheer people on. There were a few hills, but nothing really unreasonable.
    Only minor complaint was the post-race food… waited in line for probably a half hour or so for a bbq sandwich which didn’t have much meat on it… but the music was jamming and everyone seemed in good spirits despite the weather!

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    achase11 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere! Gorgeous scenic routes and awesome cheering fans! I was impressed how smooth everything went, even the hydration stations no one missed a beat. I would … MORE

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere! Gorgeous scenic routes and awesome cheering fans! I was impressed how smooth everything went, even the hydration stations no one missed a beat. I would have liked one more gel station along the way but overall fantastic race and would highly recommend.

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    ohjeeeeez555 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Rain for the first 2 hours, then hills. Lots of official and unofficial stops along the way. Last half mile all steep descent. BBQ and beer afterwards. Parking was meh, … MORE

    Rain for the first 2 hours, then hills. Lots of official and unofficial stops along the way. Last half mile all steep descent. BBQ and beer afterwards. Parking was meh, but overall a good run.

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    rswenson REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I have ran the KC Marathon several times, twice full, three times half, and once 10k. The first mile is uphill heading into downtown. The course has several hills throughout … MORE

    I have ran the KC Marathon several times, twice full, three times half, and once 10k.

    The first mile is uphill heading into downtown. The course has several hills throughout the course, but definitely a good route given the terrain of Kansas City. The race start is a long chute with people lined up by race pace. We got there a little late this last time and couldn’t make it up to our pace group. We started at the back of the pack and were about 5 minutes after the gun. We didn’t have any trouble running at our own pace and caught up with the pacers for our speed. The finish is about a mile long downhill, which makes for a very fun ending going back into the music and cheer zone. The finish area has BBQ sandwiches and beer. The line for sandwiches took a few minutes to traverse, but was reasonable given the crowd size.

    The water stops have power aide and water with plenty of staff. Some places created their own unofficial support stop with cookies and beer, which was much appreciated. The Run 816 store’s unofficial stop also had several people in costumes and that made it my favorite stop.

    This is my local race so I will definitely run it again. It is my favorite race in the KC area because of the route. If I were traveling I would try to stay in a Crown Center Hotel and be right by the start/stop line.

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    tswiesner FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first ever marathon, and it was definitely a challenge! I loved the hills and the downtown scenery. This is a well run race, with many volunteers making … MORE

    This was my first ever marathon, and it was definitely a challenge! I loved the hills and the downtown scenery. This is a well run race, with many volunteers making it a memorable experience.

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    jwc5115 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Overall, it was an enjoyable race but nothing about it really stood out to me as being exceptionally exciting. Course: Pretty challenging with all the hills. I live and train … MORE

    Overall, it was an enjoyable race but nothing about it really stood out to me as being exceptionally exciting.

    Course: Pretty challenging with all the hills. I live and train in an exceptionally flat area, and the hills around mile 10 really tore me up.

    Race production: Everything seemed adequate, but certainly not the best I’ve seen. The pre-race communication and website were a little weak (although I greatly appreciated the weather update e-mail the evening before the race). Course layout, cops manning intersections, start and finish areas were all exactly what you would expect. The splits in the course for the different distances was extremely well marked.

    Crowd: Not much for most of the race, but there were a couple of good, rowdy groups out somewhere around mile 9.

    Swag: I didn’t care for the design of the shirt, but that’s just personal preference. I do wish it had been a tech tee instead of cotton. The Goodr glasses are excellent and a really good piece of swag.

    Overall: It was a fun race and its definitely worth doing. I don’t know that I would travel for it again, but if I was local, I would definitely keep running it.

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    mattderuyter FIRST-TIMER '19

    Most difficult part was the last few miles that are mostly a gradual incline. However, there’s a great downhill finish to help you finish strong. Lots of water stops, I … MORE

    Most difficult part was the last few miles that are mostly a gradual incline. However, there’s a great downhill finish to help you finish strong. Lots of water stops, I would have liked to see some more aid stations that had Gu or food readily available.

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    All the city is out there supporting the runners! We brought our Great Dane who always likes to join us because he wants to wear Momma's medal! MORE

    All the city is out there supporting the runners! We brought our Great Dane who always likes to join us because he wants to wear Momma’s medal!

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    eecv.corn FIRST-TIMER '19

    I love running downtown, you get to see all the places in KC and run on the roads that are normally packed with cars. There are some hills, but this … MORE

    I love running downtown, you get to see all the places in KC and run on the roads that are normally packed with cars. There are some hills, but this year the rain is what I noticed the most and maybe the blisters. The hills were manageable. The race is set up well, lots of aid stations. I never felt like I didn’t get enough fluids even being at the end of the pack. They do need to expand the gate area or start doing waves of people. Lots of supportive people at the aids stations and even through the neighborhoods. Thanks, but I’ll pass on the beer for now. 🙂 😉 I like the downhill finish, it helped to propel me to finish strong. I didn’t get the BBQ or beer at the end, but I was running to just finish my first marathon.

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    ShanPipes REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Kansas City Marathon is a great course through some of the best areas in KC! It starts in the downtown area, runs by Nelson Atkins, through the Plaza and back … MORE

    Kansas City Marathon is a great course through some of the best areas in KC! It starts in the downtown area, runs by Nelson Atkins, through the Plaza and back to downtown. The course is full of hills but if you run it right you can make up some lost time on the downhills. The course support is spectacular and you will never have to run more than 2 miles to hit an aid station. Plus, there are spectators all along the course which helps will you through those tough miles! Definitely a race everyone should run at least once!

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    srb7kf89 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great course! Difficult in terms of lots of hills, but the organization and awesome crowd support helped make the race a lot of fun! Will definitely plan on running this … MORE

    Great course! Difficult in terms of lots of hills, but the organization and awesome crowd support helped make the race a lot of fun! Will definitely plan on running this race again!

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    jgregg42 REPEAT RUNNER '13

    I ran this course several times. they change it quite often. but it's great way to see the city. it's very hilly. but overall great crowd support and after party. MORE

    I ran this course several times. they change it quite often. but it’s great way to see the city. it’s very hilly. but overall great crowd support and after party.

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    RustyM REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Kansas City Marathon, or the Half Marathon, was fun as usual. Weather challenges & terrain challenges certainly add to the excitement of the run. All the runners were hyped and … MORE

    Kansas City Marathon, or the Half Marathon, was fun as usual. Weather challenges & terrain challenges certainly add to the excitement of the run. All the runners were hyped and ready to go at the start time. In spite of this year’s rainy & very cool temps, the race was fun and a challenge. I highly recommend this yearly fall event for first timers and seasoned runners alike. Scenery of Kansas City and spectators were awesome and encouraging to everyone.

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    Supasaiyan93 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The medal was good, however the shirts could have been much better, the design just seemed a bit lacking and basic. The corrals need to be made much larger to … MORE

    The medal was good, however the shirts could have been much better, the design just seemed a bit lacking and basic. The corrals need to be made much larger to accommodate for the runners and the 10kers should not start at the same time as the if they aren’t going to make expand the corrals. The weather was dreary for the first two hours but after that is was a perfect day for racing! I absolutely loved the .5 mile downhill finish it made me feel that much stronger finishing. Good race overall, probably won’t run again.

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    BrianYowler FIRST-TIMER '19

    Did I mention the hills? Being from Pittsburgh, I'm no stranger to hills, but I didn't expect so many in the Midwest. This course is tough. My garmin said over … MORE

    Did I mention the hills? Being from Pittsburgh, I’m no stranger to hills, but I didn’t expect so many in the Midwest. This course is tough. My garmin said over 1200 feet of elevation gain! You do get some nice downills coming back into the city, but then miles 22-25 are filled with uphills. The last mile is a relatively steep downhill, but at that point, you’ve given up lots of time climbing in the previous miles.
    However, if you’re not looking to PR, it’s a nice race. The swag is great (soft cotton T, Goodr sunglasses, beer/BBQ at the finish, etc) and the race is well organized.

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '19

    Most reviews of this race start by mentioning the hills. But I must have been completely distracted by the city (and the rain) to notice them as I didn't find … MORE

    Most reviews of this race start by mentioning the hills. But I must have been completely distracted by the city (and the rain) to notice them as I didn’t find this course (I did the half) that hilly. I expect some hills over the course of 13.1 miles, and there were certainly a couple, but they didn’t seem that bad to me. So, don’t let the mention of hills discourage you from signing up for this race. It’s a great choice for anyone looking to knock Missouri off your race list OR for anyone looking for an early fall race in a charming area.

    I stayed at the host hotel (the Westin). The expo and the start/finish lines were just steps away. I recommend staying there.

    The expo was in Union Station, which was (yes, I’ll use the word again) charming. This was a reunion race for Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics, and the 50 State Marathon Clubs, so they had a presence (not sure if they are there every year or not). The amount of expo vendors seemed appropriate for the size of the race event (so neither big nor small). Official merchandise for purchase was print on demand right there –a first for me. While I didn’t love the race shirt (though, happily, it is in black and not some neon color), I did like the exclusive Goodr sunglasses. Additionally, I liked the medal a lot.

    The finish area included beer and BBQ, which was great.

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    wenchamok FIRST-TIMER '19

    I’m familiar with the hills in KC (my sister lives here, so I’ve run a few races here), and they still kicked my ass. At least the final half mile … MORE

    I’m familiar with the hills in KC (my sister lives here, so I’ve run a few races here), and they still kicked my ass. At least the final half mile or so is downhill to the finish. Nice race swag (soft T-shirt and KCM logo Goodrs). And I always like a race expo that has free beer (thanks, Boulevard!). At the finish line festival, participants got a barbecue sandwich and a free beer, both which were good. It was nice to have a choice of a couple different beers instead of just something light and crummy.

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