Sunday, November 18, 2018 • Shawnee, KS • 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 its 12th annual running in 2017, 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.
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 race day (Nov. 18), the average low is 35ºF and the average high is 52ºF.
- 2017 Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon Results
- 8:30 AM – half marathon, full marathon
- 9:00 AM – 10K, 5K
- $60 – $90 for the half marathon
- $70 – $100 for the full marathon
- $40 – $60 for the 10K
- $30 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Pilgrim Pacer Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & 10K, register online at ChronoTrack.com here.
Official Race Website
Ever run in the Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.