START TIME: 8:30 AM
On race morning, participants may check gear inside the packet pickup area between 7 and 8:30 am. Gear check bags must be clear plastic and be labeled with your bib number, name and contact information. Bags that are not see-through will not be accepted. Do not check any valuables. We are not responsible for lost items and/or gear check bags. Bags can be claimed after you cross the finish line at the Retail sales booth inside the finish line festival.
Gear check bags not claimed by 3 pm on race day will be taken to the Race Day Events office at 208 West 79th St, Kansas City, MO 64114 and may be claimed starting Tuesday after the race.
COURSE: The Gobbler Grind Marathon is a Boston Qualifying Course! The USATF Certified Course is #KS09080BG. Roughly 1/3 of the course is on the road and the rest is on a scenic, paved trail.
All races start and finish at Founder’s Park in Corporate Woods across from Building 40, 9401 Indian Creek Trail, Overland Park, KS 66210
AID STATIONS: Will be located approximately every 2-3 miles along the route and will have water and sports drink at each location. GU and snacks (bananas, pickles, candy, cookies, pretzels, honey, Sprite) will be provided for marathon runners. Marathon aid stations will also have salt tablets, Tums, Vaseline, baby wipes and first aid kits. There will be a toilet at every aid station.
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REFUNDS/CHANGES: No refunds will be given for the event. However, we will allow you to drop to a shorter distance at no charge. You may also switch to the Virtual Race option or transfer your registration to another person. We will run in rain, cold, or snow. If the race is canceled in the event of unsafe weather or other unforeseen conditions, no refunds will be given. You must notify us at least one week prior to race day to make any changes or transfers.
SWAG: Marathon runners will load up this year! Marathon participants will receive a finisher medal and fleece finisher blanket. They also receive Gobbler Grind apparel, post-race meal, chip timing, free race photos, Smart Pacers, and discounts/giveaways from our sponsors!
PACE GROUPS: We are happy to provide SmartPacing pace groups! Be sure to join the right pace group to increase the likelihood of you achieving your time goal (or at least to enjoy some companionship)! CLICK HERE to meet your pacers!
TIMING, RESULTS, & RUNNER TRACKING: The races will be timed using bib timing chip technology. Participants can opt-in to receive live tracking and updates via Facebook, Twitter, or Text Message when they sign up for the race. You can also sign up for live tracking by click THIS LINK. Live Results featuring video and photos will be posted HERE after the race.
AWARDS: Awards will be given in each distance to the top three male and female finishers overall, as well as to the top three finishers in the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-80, 80+
The Awards Tent will be located in the Finish Line Festival area next to the Results Tent. If you placed in the top 3 overall or in your age group come to the Awards Tent to claim your award. If you need to leave before awards are announced, we are happy to give you your award early. Don’t even have time for that? Friends can pick up awards for you. Any awards not claimed at the race can be picked up starting the Tuesday after the race at the RaceDay Events office, 208 W 79th St, KCMO, 64114. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before you stop by.
TIME LIMIT: There is a 6.5 hour time limit. During that time the course is closed to traffic and the aid stations are open. The police, however may open sections of the course to let vehicles cross when there are large gaps in the participants. Participants must maintain at least a 14 minute per mile pace to make the course deadline. Participants in the marathon that do not maintain the 14 minute pace per mile will be asked to turn onto the ½ marathon course at the course split.
If you are unable to finish due to time and/or injury, please stop at the nearest aid station and we will arrange transportation back to the finish for you.