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Overall Rating (42 Reviews)
4.3
(42 Ratings)  (42 Reviews)
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Come run or walk in the annual Liberty Half Marathon or Jewell 5K presented by Hy-Vee! All Half Marathon and 5K participants will enjoy a scenic race course starting and ending at William Jewell College and going through downtown Liberty. Half marathon participants travel through Jewell’s beautiful campus, historic downtown … MORE
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    jkelling FIRST-TIMER '23

    Notes are missing and memory is gone. To be fair, I'd just gotten out of the hospital just before this one. It was hilly and it was tiring, but it … MORE

    Notes are missing and memory is gone. To be fair, I’d just gotten out of the hospital just before this one. It was hilly and it was tiring, but it was amazing, and I knew I had to come back for the half, which I am in 2024.

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    I ran this race on March 26, 2022. The beautiful, ENORMOUS medal we received for crossing the finish line made signing up for the Liberty Hospital Half Marathon/Jewell 5K worth … MORE

    I ran this race on March 26, 2022. The beautiful, ENORMOUS medal we received for crossing the finish line made signing up for the Liberty Hospital Half Marathon/Jewell 5K worth it! Without a doubt, this was the largest medal I’ve ever gotten from any race, and by far one of the most gorgeous. Also, this race boasted some of the most amazing volunteers — I couldn’t stop laughing at the hilarious signs they made that kept us smiling at every aid station!

    Race day started out with an outside temperature of a balmy 32° F, and by the end, it was perfect race weather in the high 40’s. This is pretty typical for Missouri during the spring, and having been living in the Midwest for at least the last 10 years, this wasn’t unexpected for me. If you live in a climate that is typically warmer all year round, consider bringing some layers to the start/finish line that you don’t mind shedding during the race.

    In looking at some of the reviews of this race online and on social media, and some of the information on the race website, I went into this knowing this wouldn’t be a PR due to the notorious rolling hills this race is very well known for. It was by far the most challenging course I’ve ever run, which made finishing it all that much more rewarding.

    The race starts and finishes near the football field at William Jewell College and takes you down a scenic route through downtown Liberty, and some residential streets. I should have known what was coming when I learned the official race hashtag is #whythehillnot. The entire course was RELENTLESS. HILLS. ALL. THIRTEEN. MILES.

    For anyone considering running this race, it was extremely well organized, from packet pick-up at the Expo, to all of the logistics, and the atmosphere was super fun. The entire race was so professionally coordinated, I would have never believed this was only its 5th year. AND DID I MENTION THE MEDALS!? Please run this race if for no other reason than to take home one of the legendary dinner plate-sized medals.

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    2stealthy REPEAT RUNNER '22

    It was a success! Perfect Weather, hills, scenery changes, entertainment, hills, GREAT friends, and did I mention Hills? This early in the year it's hard to know what kind of … MORE

    It was a success!
    Perfect Weather, hills, scenery changes, entertainment, hills, GREAT friends, and did I mention Hills?

    This early in the year it’s hard to know what kind of weather you will get. I have ran it in shorts and a tank top as well as freezing temps. This year was perfect weather and there were a few age group state records were set!

    The route changes moved the majority of the hills to the front half for when us runners have more energy to conquer them and enjoy the rest of the course. Loved the scenery!
    From the Historic William Jewell College, Liberty Square, picturesque neighborhoods, around the Liberty hospital grounds and country roads… it was all GREAT!

    For entertainment there was a live singing of the National Anthem, the upbeat start/finish line of KC Running Co, Air Guitar (neighborhood competition), Cheerleaders, a nice drum beat, Music (is a few locations), Flash Dash crew, Team RWB crew and Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity out cheering on the runners!

    With the route changes, the few challenging hills, the entertainment, the community and all the friendly runners… it was a perfect run 🙂

    Check out my race report link for several pictures

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    solsonmedia FIRST-TIMER '22

    a race with tremendous organization, makes everything easy and stress-free for runners. a hilly and challenging course, but a challenge you’ll love (remember as many downhills as uphills ;)) MORE

    a race with tremendous organization, makes everything easy and stress-free for runners. a hilly and challenging course, but a challenge you’ll love (remember as many downhills as uphills ;))

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    armydiver71 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    give me this race cause it's one of the fastest growing Kansas city races. Give me this race cause the swag that comes with it (gloves, t-shirts, cinch sack, free … MORE

    give me this race cause it’s one of the fastest growing Kansas city races. Give me this race cause the swag that comes with it (gloves, t-shirts, cinch sack, free photos). give me this race as a great first challenge to kick of the year, the course isn’t easy but if you have been training you’ll weather the storm. Give me this race cause its clear the race director cares for its participants (bathrooms at each aid station, shuttle buses from parking areas, an indoor area to meet up in before going to the start line, and he has his community on board as they come out to watch)! This race is one of the first highly attended Half Marathons of the year here in Kansas City, it screams springtime racing season is here! Every year it just gets better and better. GIVE ME LIBERTY, #whythehillnot

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    bonniec218 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great race but be sure you are ready. Being from Louisiana it is hard to train for hills... although I wasn't expecting this many hills. Packet pickup was a breeze … MORE

    Great race but be sure you are ready. Being from Louisiana it is hard to train for hills… although I wasn’t expecting this many hills.
    Packet pickup was a breeze and there were a few vendors at the expo. The half marathon runners got a long sleeve shirt and gloves, while 5K received a short sleeve.
    There is a strict 3.5 hour time limit so be sure you can finish so you don’t miss out on this HUGE medal… believe me, you will work for it!
    Course support was great! Water and sports drink every mile and a few cheerleaders throughout.
    The course is a combination of commercial and residential so be prepared to run in the sun (there is also some shade).
    Our weather was good; cool and windy.
    Be sure you check the parking situation. It rained the week before the race so parking was limited. There was a shuttle service but I waited to long to get in line and was on one of the last buses (totally my fault). The last 2 buses arrived after the starting gun but my time was ok so it allowed me to finish before the cutoff.
    If you need this for one of your 50 states or are up for a challenge, this is a good race. I probably would not do it again but only because I had to drive 10 hours Friday, run Saturday, and drive 10 hours Sunday. (poor planning on my part)

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    shullrd FIRST-TIMER '22

    I expected this to be kind of a niche run… but that notion was pretty quickly dispelled when we got to the expo. Communication from the race was great and … MORE

    I expected this to be kind of a niche run… but that notion was pretty quickly dispelled when we got to the expo. Communication from the race was great and the expo was well run and had decent vendors. There was a huge selection of race merchandise available… which you expect at larger races, but not always from smaller ones.

    Race morning was smooth. Parking is very limited at the race start. But there was a shuttle lot arranged and buses were regularly moving. Even still the line got long. You definitely want to arrive early.

    Liberty is a nice suburb and the course took you through the heart of the historic section, but portions of it were in industrial areas and on highway access roads. Nothing terrible there… but also not the most scenic. Course support was awesome. There were water stations every mile and plenty of people to cheer you on. Not much food offered on course… so bring something if you need it.

    The shirt is a nice long sleeve tee and the medal is huge… maybe almost too big. But it is a beautiful medal and a nice reward for crossing the finish line. Post race there were some good snacks to replenish your energy.

    One thing to note… you have to maintain a 16 min per mile pace (3:30 finish) and it is strictly enforced. If this is challenging… this may not be your race. If i were looking for a Missouri run to complete the 50-state challenge, this probably wouldn’t be my first pick… but for someone local or close by this was a well produced and fun event.

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    courtneyodell59 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    If you like a challenge, this race is for you. The Pacers are the best and will keep you motivated to keep going. If you can excel at this race, … MORE

    If you like a challenge, this race is for you. The Pacers are the best and will keep you motivated to keep going. If you can excel at this race, you can do anything. The course entertainment gets better every year as this race grows. The finisher medals are the largest and heaviest I have ever received from a race. Phenomenal. And the race shirts are always made from the softest materials.

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    tbartley17 FIRST-TIMER '20

    It was a difficult race due to the hills, but I accomplished the time I needed to in order to go to Pike’s Peak in August. The Pacers, Krystal and … MORE

    It was a difficult race due to the hills, but I accomplished the time I needed to in order to go to Pike’s Peak in August. The Pacers, Krystal and Rachel, helped me get there!

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    rebecca.farley147 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    This event is so well organized. There was fun swag and a lot of vendors at the Expo. Free photos and massages. The course was hilly and difficult, but there … MORE

    This event is so well organized. There was fun swag and a lot of vendors at the Expo. Free photos and massages. The course was hilly and difficult, but there were a lot of spectators cheering us on. I highly recommend this race!

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    tiffers79 FIRST-TIMER '20

    AMAZING RACE & the BEST post-race experience I’ve had!! Loved having the football field to socialize/network, relax & recover!!! The expo was great with a variety of vendors!! The 100yd … MORE

    AMAZING RACE & the BEST post-race experience I’ve had!! Loved having the football field to socialize/network, relax & recover!!! The expo was great with a variety of vendors!! The 100yd dash for the little was sooooo cute & they got medals too…PERFECT!! The volunteers even stretched the mini runners & were great at keeping their attention!!! Tons of Volunteers and some of the best cheering stations along the route!! ❤️❤️ the drummers & live music❤️❤️

    My only suggestion would be to wave start the 5k with more of an interval time of a couple minutes between groups. It was super congested, especially at the beginning. Maybe this would help thin out the field a little.

    Will for sure keep this as a must do race next year!!!

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    slafaye59 FIRST-TIMER '20

    A have to run this race for those that need a challenge. I am one of those runners that are not interested in personal best times but rather find a … MORE

    A have to run this race for those that need a challenge. I am one of those runners that are not interested in personal best times but rather find a difficult and technical course, and I found it in the Liberty Hospital Half Marathon. If you hate hills, I urge you to work on the treadmill and tilt it to a high grade. There are never ending hills that challenge your legs and lungs. The support is spot it, they provide water and gatorade. I like to hear more music along the course. The finisher’s medal is huge and heavy. Finisher shirt is not a wicking material but a good casual shirt. Getting your bib and shirt is a breeze. The expo is medium size but growing mind you the Liberty Half Marathon is in its fourth year, they are young but learning in leaps and bounds. Shouting out to all half fanatics and 50 staters to run in this race. One more thing, the Liberty Hospital Foundation return all the profits in the community, and they are focusing on mental health.

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    mg_ds_god REPEAT RUNNER '20

    This is a great race to start off the Heartland 39.3 series. A tough and challenging course that gets better year after year. This is a don’t miss race for … MORE

    This is a great race to start off the Heartland 39.3 series. A tough and challenging course that gets better year after year. This is a don’t miss race for the KC area

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    mommyof5in5 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This is a very hilly course. Don’t expect to set any speed records. This was my first year doing this race,and I knew going in that it was very hilly. … MORE

    This is a very hilly course. Don’t expect to set any speed records. This was my first year doing this race,and I knew going in that it was very hilly. Which is why I chose not to do the half. You run by some beautiful houses in downtown Liberty. There are lots of spectators out cheering along the course,which is always appreciated. The expo was nicely done. The shuttle buses were what I was most worried about, and those worked out perfectly. I would definitely do this race again.

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    runningnavyvet REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Great course and neighborhood support and nice expo with food and beverages and good camaraderie. Course starts on a downhill and then some challenging hills throughout the route. 3.5 hour … MORE

    Great course and neighborhood support and nice expo with food and beverages and good camaraderie. Course starts on a downhill and then some challenging hills throughout the route. 3.5 hour cut off but easily accomplished. Mile 10 seems like the longest mile

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    arndtju2 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This course was a lot of fun. There were hills, but they weren’t overly difficult. They were more of a delightful challenge, especially pushing a double stroller! MORE

    This course was a lot of fun. There were hills, but they weren’t overly difficult. They were more of a delightful challenge, especially pushing a double stroller!

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    valleygirl26 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Mega medal. Super convenient parking and shuttle. Expo goes on well after the race, which is great! It's also indoors. Quite hilly course but that is to be expected. Not … MORE

    Mega medal. Super convenient parking and shuttle. Expo goes on well after the race, which is great! It’s also indoors. Quite hilly course but that is to be expected. Not much scenery but still a great and well marked course. Awesome volunteers, plenty of water stations, encouragement along the course. Pics and results ready super fast. Could have some options after the race that ARENT carbs and bread…that would be nice but that is rare anyways. Will def do again.

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    bctheheeb FIRST-TIMER '20

    Well run! Hilly, but that's part of the experience! This was my first 5K and has motivated me to keep on truckin! First class SWAG. I wish the race weather … MORE

    Well run! Hilly, but that’s part of the experience! This was my first 5K and has motivated me to keep on truckin! First class SWAG. I wish the race weather would follow me wherever I go. I cannot wait for next year!

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    bryanhahn25 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Get ready for some hills, but it’s a ton of fun! It’ll challenge your muscular endurance, but the community support is awesome! The only thing to worry about is it’s … MORE

    Get ready for some hills, but it’s a ton of fun! It’ll challenge your muscular endurance, but the community support is awesome! The only thing to worry about is it’s in March, could be beautiful weather, or cold!

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    swiowafan FIRST-TIMER '19

    Very well organized. It was very cold and even thought of having ice melt at each aid station. Had lots of course entertainment. Definitely a hilly course. Not a PR … MORE

    Very well organized. It was very cold and even thought of having ice melt at each aid station. Had lots of course entertainment. Definitely a hilly course. Not a PR course by any means.

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