Sunday, November 11, 2018 • Overland Park, KS • Course Map
As its name suggests, the city of Overland Park is home to a multitude of city parks and recreation areas, and the Gobbler Grind Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K makes great use of the city’s natural assets, with a course that runs through tree-lined parks, bicycle trails and wooded suburban streets.
A run-up to the Thanksgiving holiday, the race gives runners a chance to enjoy this northeastern Kansas town’s fall colors through wooded areas, across creek bridges and through neighborhoods.
The race got its start years ago as a post-Thanksgiving running outing among a group of local residents who wanted to get in a run and work off some holiday pounds. As the group of runners coming out for the race grew over the years, the organizers decided to make it an official race in 1995.
In 2006, the race course was changed to Overland Park’s Corporate Woods area, adding some city streets and neighborhood areas to what had been an entirely off-road race in the past (it had been run along the city’s Indian Creek Bike Trail).
This race has experienced some problems in the past, including what some participants have described as inadequate trail markings and insufficient restroom facilities at the starting and finish lines. Other runners, however, have given the race rave reviews, especially for the course’s scenic beauty and its relative lack of significant hills along the course, making for an easy (on the joints) and enjoyable race.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the state’s eastern border with Missouri, roughly 10 miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo., Overland Park typically sees November temperatures that average between 54°F and 35°F, while precipitation amounts average just under 3 inches for the month.
On race day (Nov. 11), the average low is 38ºF and the average high is 55ºF.
- 2017 Gobbler Grind Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Gobbler Grind Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Gobbler Grind Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Gobbler Grind Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Gobbler Grind Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Gobbler Grind Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Gobbler Grind Half Marathon Results
- 8:30 AM – full marathon, half marathon
- 8:55 AM – 5K
- $60 – $90 for the half marathon
- $75 – $100 for the full marathon
- $30 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Gobbler Grind Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, register online at ChronoTrack.com here.
Official Race Website
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