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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, October 20, 2018
2017: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.06
Course Score: 97.06

Race Size

2017: 1,288 Finishers
2016: 1,246 Finishers
2015: 1,298 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 5%
2016: 4.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Kansas City Marathon is a challenging course with several significant hills. PRs and BQs will be well earned on this scenic course.

Marathon Rankings

The Kansas City Marathon was the 65th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 75th largest in 2016.

Last year 5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 4.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Kansas City Marathon the 354th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 407th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 97.06 ranks it as the 383rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 7th fastest course in Missouri.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Kansas City Marathon a PR Score of 97.06. This PR Score ranks it as the 340th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Missouri.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1008 feet (307m)
Min Elevation: 796 feet (242m)


Recent Kansas City Marathon Reviews

3.8 Stars from 4 Reviews
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review of 2017 Kansas City Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Great run thru city. Poor expo & finish.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2017 Kansas City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great Communication leading up to the event. Smartphone apps that let friends and family live track on GPS (didn't eat my battery) The Expo wasn't great and no real 'swag' in the bag. The registration was easy.

Plenty of volunteers out during the course Nice scenery through the city Course was reversed this year and maybe one hill taken out . Note: It is STILL HILLY and 24-25 is challenging ! Pacers were great.

Last quarter mile a good downhill pace to the Finnish.

Race Tips

New marathoners : Go Easy in first half You'll need it at the end.

Find a pacer you can run with as it ready saves you having to worry about watching your watch!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stayed at Sheraton downtown - nice hotel but pricey - just stayed Friday night and got new hotel for sat night

review of 2015 Kansas City Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Very hilly, but the course goes through various areas of Kansas City.

Race Tips

Train on hills.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2013 Kansas City Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The course is well laid out to maximize some of the most scenic parts of Kansas City; Downtown, the Plaza, Ward Parkway... In 2013 there was about a mile of the course where the street was in the midst of being repaved, and the old asphalt had been milled off, but the new hadn't been laid by race day. As a result that mile (probably between 7-8 outbound, and 20-21 inbound) wasn't very popular with the runners. There are a number of hills, though the more strenuous ones seemed to be early in the course (or maybe it was that I was just able to focus on them more early on). They had a couple bands along the route, which was great, and through some of the residential areas there were spectators with boom-boxes, and at one point even a middle-school aged kid who was playing the 'Rocky' theme on his saxophone for passing runners.

Race Tips

Mid- to Late-October is an unpredictable time, weather-wise, in Kansas City. The day could be 50 - 70 degrees and sunny, or 30's and rainy. 2013 had a chilly start (about 35), but after the sun rose it was a gorgeous day. Especially if you're traveling in from out of town, follow the weather forecasts closely and be prepared with a range of race-day gear.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

While they provide lots of parking near the start of the race, what with the street closures, getting in can be more time consuming (especially for locals who think that 10 minutes is a 'long wait in traffic') than you might think. You may be better off parking on the street a few blocks away, and walking in.

Finish Time Equivalent

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