Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.9
(10 Ratings) 🏆 (10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
4.7
PRODUCTION
4.9
SWAG
4.4
Rock the Parkway Half Marathon and 5K is Kansas City’s largest half marathon and is run along Kansas City’s favorite half marathon course on historic Ward Parkway!  Both events start and finish in front of the world headquarters of our host, Burns & McDonnell.  The half marathon race is run … MORE
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    RustyM REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Running race, as a half marathon (and an available 5K) was picture perfect this year. As it’s springtime, weather can be cold, rainy, sunny, hot, or any combination thereof. This … MORE

    Running race, as a half marathon (and an available 5K) was picture perfect this year. As it’s springtime, weather can be cold, rainy, sunny, hot, or any combination thereof. This annual running race always takes place on one of Kansas City’s most beautiful boulevards complete with magnificent residences, greenery, and fountains. Water/aid stations were plentiful as were spectators. One of my ‘to-do’ runs every year.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    epi8scholl FIRST-TIMER '23

    Communication was good. Packet pickup was smooth. Only swag was a short sleeved black tech shirt. Expo was small. The course is beautiful. First three miles were uphill. Going through … MORE

    Communication was good. Packet pickup was smooth. Only swag was a short sleeved black tech shirt. Expo was small. The course is beautiful. First three miles were uphill. Going through all residential areas I was surprised that there weren’t more spectators. First 6 miles was really lacking. Many were quiet but responded if I called out to them. Aid stations were fine but I would prefer electrolyte drink to come before the water. 2 bands on the course and one I ran away from. Post race food was fun but no bagels or electrolyte drink. Craft beer. Free and nice Polaroid-type photos.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
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    3

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    RustyM REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a fun, must do run everyone should do at least once! Well organized, great runner environment, enthusiastic spectators, and beautiful scenery as this race takes place on one … MORE

    This is a fun, must do run everyone should do at least once! Well organized, great runner environment, enthusiastic spectators, and beautiful scenery as this race takes place on one of Kansas City’s most scenic boulevard, Ward Parkway.

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    5
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    jgregg42 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I've been running RTP for years, simply because it's a great race. The staff does a great job putting this race on every year. And running a beautiful course is … MORE

    I’ve been running RTP for years, simply because it’s a great race. The staff does a great job putting this race on every year. And running a beautiful course is an added bonus.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    jgregg42 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    I have run this race several times and the crew does a great job with the course and post-race fun. no medals at the end this year because of supply … MORE

    I have run this race several times and the crew does a great job with the course and post-race fun. no medals at the end this year because of supply chain issues but they are working on mailing them to us.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    jgregg42 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    KC got this one right. from packet pick up to the start to the finish it's all a great race. relatively flat course, nice scenery along the way with the … MORE

    KC got this one right. from packet pick up to the start to the finish it’s all a great race. relatively flat course, nice scenery along the way with the right amount spectators.

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    4
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    4
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    3

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    EJRunner REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Ran this race as my first-ever half marathon in 2017 and then ran it again in 2018. Highly recommended! And, a great half marathon and opportunity for anyone outside the … MORE

    Ran this race as my first-ever half marathon in 2017 and then ran it again in 2018. Highly recommended! And, a great half marathon and opportunity for anyone outside the Kansas City area who wants to experience the city and participate in a superbly organized event.

    Highlights:
    * Mostly flat course with welcoming downhill finish — great for helping you achieve your PR.
    * Scenic course through some of the most beautiful parts of Kansas City, Missouri.
    * USATF-certified.
    * Live music on the course to keep you motivated.
    * Supportive pacers and all that good, energetic Midwest crowd support.

    I especially appreciated the well-organized wave start, live racer tracking, results being available right after you finish, super huge medal, and post-race free, downloadable photos.

    KC Running Company does an excellent job with this race and provides a great experience for the runners. And, the race raises funds for a most deserving charity each year!

    Oh, and if you are visiting from out of town, be sure to check out any of Kansas City’s famous BBQ restaurants.

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    5
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    5
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    5
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    cjstephens FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race highlights Ward Parkway, one of the nicest streets in Kansas City, lined with beautiful homes and churches. The terrain would qualify as "gently rolling", not exactly flat, but … MORE

    This race highlights Ward Parkway, one of the nicest streets in Kansas City, lined with beautiful homes and churches. The terrain would qualify as “gently rolling”, not exactly flat, but nothing to worry about in terms of hills. The organizational side of things was top notch. I picked up my number the morning of the race (a bit of a scramble for parking, but nothing dire), so I can’t speak to the quality of the race expo. Good crowd support, great volunteers. Well done!

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
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    5

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    KateBrummel REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This race has some of the best spectators ever! I've ran the half marathon several times and it's one of my favorites in Kansas City. It is always well organized, … MORE

    This race has some of the best spectators ever! I’ve ran the half marathon several times and it’s one of my favorites in Kansas City. It is always well organized, and there is a lot of entertainment along the way.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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    starlingk2003 FIRST-TIMER '14

    Several of my family members participated including my mom- it was her first half marathon. Shirt was ok. Medal was beautiful. Course was hard but I was running on a … MORE

    Several of my family members participated including my mom- it was her first half marathon. Shirt was ok. Medal was beautiful. Course was hard but I was running on a bum knee. I signed up as part of the Heartland 39.3 series.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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