Kansas City Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, October 17, 2020 • Kansas City, MO • Course Map

Note: The 2020 race is a virtual event to be completed by October 17. Registration details are included below.

Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the hilly and sometimes difficult course at this race is an abundance of what many other American cities have, but not nearly as many of — majestic, scenic fountains like those found in European capitals and tourist meccas like London and Rome.

Along the route, runners will see as many as 15 of the more than 200 fountains dispersed throughout the city, in addition to parks, downtown neighborhoods and historic districts.

The half marathon, like the full marathon and 5K race, begins in downtown Kansas City at Washington Park near Crown Center, near the corner of Pershing and Grand Boulevard.

From there, the course follows a mostly counter-clockwise loop route, taking runners first northward through the Power and Light District, known for its shopping, dining, and entertainment, including the Kansas City Live! block filled with live music venues. The course continues south through the district before looping around the Parade Park and down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

This being Kansas City, the race route is of course a hilly one, with the most challenging uphill stretches occurring at the start of the course heading north and between miles 4 and 6 in the first half of the race, with a slow and steady uphill climb with some small hills during the second half of the race.

Runners will experience an elevation gain of over 150 feet at the first big hill in the first 1.5 miles, from a low of about 787 feet above sea level at the start.

After the first hill at the start of the race, runners coast downhill for the next mile before beginning a slow uphill climb for the next three miles (with a brief downhill segment near mile 4). The course continues downhill until mile 8, where the slow and steady rolling hills kick in before the downhill finish.

Runners will finish the race not far from the starting line, in the area of Kansas City known as the Crown Center, an entertainment and shopping district that also happens to surround the world headquarters for Hallmark Cards.

Though the time limit shouldn’t be a problem for most half-marathon participants, runners will be limited to 6 hours — enough time for walkers to participate in the half marathon, as both the half and the 5K are open to walkers as well as runners.

Photo courtesy Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon.

Photo courtesy Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Set along the state’s western edge near the nexus of the Missouri and Kansas rivers, Kansas City tends to see milder, drier weather conditions in the early autumn, though conditions can still be fairly warm at times.

On race day (Oct. 17), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 67ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Garmin Kansas City Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

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To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Garmin Kansas City Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K, register online at RaceRoster.com here.

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7 comments… add one
  • Melanie Fine October 25, 2019, 2:27 pm

    I have not been able to access the 2019 results. Originally, I was able to do this but now it won’t open. We have also not been able to do the print out with the results. I have tried this on 2 different computers. One says not a secure site. The other just shows a blank screen. I tried previous years and can’t access them either. Website problems on your end?

  • Carol Taylor October 20, 2019, 1:23 pm

    Did I win something at the half-marathon this year?

  • Rebecca Weaver July 13, 2019, 9:11 pm

    I’ need to change my registration from full marathon to half. Is this possible? I’m not asking for any type of refund but I won’t be ready for the full just yet… also I am signed up for the I-35 challenge how would I switch on that?

  • Kathy Olson August 27, 2018, 5:45 pm

    A friend registered for the half marathon and now she can’t make it. Can she give me her registration? I would like to change the name and age group if that is possible for her registration. Please let me know if this is allowed.

  • Darci Blum August 3, 2018, 11:07 am

    I have a question? Training for Marathon I broke my foot and have to get surgery. Am I just stuck with my registration or can we change it>
    thanks Darci


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