Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
5
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.2
SCENERY
4.6
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.6
Rock the Parkway is one of the largest and most popular half marathons in the Midwest! Do you feel the need for speed? Our fairly flat, residential course along historic Ward Parkway is fast and friendly, not to mention beautiful in the springtime, and a long downhill to the finish … MORE
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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    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.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    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.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    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!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    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
    SWAG
    5

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