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Kansas > Pilgrim Pacer Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Shawnee, KS  •  Saturday, November 9, 2013  •  Course Map

Featuring an out-and-back course that starts and finishes in Shawnee Mission Park, the roughly 1,250-acre park filled with a lake as well as plenty of ponds, marshes, meadows and forest lands, the Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon also features a 10K and a 5K race, both of which are open to runners and walkers. The race is set for just its 7th annual running in 2013, timed to run before Thanksgiving to ease a little of the guilt every runner feels over holiday eating.

From the starting line near the "Theatre in the Park" area just off Renner Road, runners follow an out-and-back 13.1-mile route that runs in a roughly north-south direction. After leaving the starting area, runners follow park roads through Shawnee Mission Park along the northern edge of Shawnee Mission Park Lake, and then head westward toward the banks of the Kansas River that flows nearby.

The course then curves southward along the bends in the river, taking runners southward along a combination of paved roads and park trails, underneath highway overpasses and along the flowing river. Once runners reach the half-way turnaround point, between Highway 10 and College Boulevard (also West 11th Street), they head back northward along the course they've just run, back to the finish line in the park.

Runners who've taken part in this young race in the past few years describe it as a very "laid back" race, and a nice change of pace from big city half marys. There are virtually no spectators along the course (with the exception of the start/finish area), which makes for a race with more solitude and quiet if you're used to big-city race events.

In 2012, 842 runners crossed the finish line in all four races combined -- including 404 finishers in the half marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the northeastern corner of the state, roughly 20 miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri, the city of Shawnee typically experiences mild to cool and even cold weather in the mid-fall.

In November, temperatures average between 36°F and 53°F, while precipitation amounts average about 2.3 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Nov. 9), the average low is 39°F and the average high is 56°F.

Course Map

View the course map for the Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon

Starting Time

8:30 AM - full marathon, half marathon
9:30 AM - 10K, 5K


$50 for the half marathon, if registered before June 1, 2013
$55 between June 2 - October 14
$65 between Oct. 15 - November 7
$80 on Nov. 8 - 9


To reserve your spot in the late fall 2013 running of Shawnee's Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Enter2Run.com

Official Race Website


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