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START TIME: 7:30 AM
WHERE: Founder’s Park in Corporate Woods across from Building 40, 9401 Indian Creek Trail, Overland Park, KS 66210
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.
Check out our AMBASSADOR PROGRAM for a chance to earn a free entry and other perks!
Marathon participants will receive a long sleeve quarter zip, a matching buff and a long sleeve finisher shirt along with a finisher medal, post-race meal, chip timing, free race photos, Smart Pacers, and discounts/giveaways from our sponsors! Quarter Zip Size Chart
A race hoodie can be added for $15 at registration!
Gobbler Grind offers a Training Facebook page for anyone interested in getting together or sharing ideas. Sign up via Facebook.
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 aren’t see-through won’t 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 at the end of the finish chute and 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. They may be claimed starting Tuesday after the race.
Will be located approximately every 2-3 miles along the route. They’ll have water and sports drink. GU will be handed out at packet pickup for you to carry. We are sorry but our TONS of snacks (bananas, pickles, candy, cookies, Sprite)- Amazing aid stations are what we’re known for! will have to wait until next year. The health dept is advising against open food. Please carry fig newtons, candy or anything you might need.
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.
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 updates posted to Facebook, Twitter, or SMS Text Message when they sign up for the race. Sign up for live tracking.
Live results featuring video and photos will be posted HERE after the race.
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 within the Finish Line Festival area close to the DJ. Because of Covid precautions, there will not be a results kiosk. Sign up for instant results texted or emailed to your phone when you register. If you placed in the top 3 overall or in your age group go to the Awards Tent immediately to claim your award. Don’t even have time for that? Friends can pick up awards for you. Awards will not be mailed.
If you are unable to pick up your award at the race, email email@example.com to let us know you want your award. The RaceDay Events office is a house converted to office space at 208 W 79th St, KC, MO 64114. You can pick up anytime beginning the Tuesday after the race. Your award will be in a pickup bin in the basement stairwell in the back of the house off the circle driveway. The pickup bins are outside and available to you 24/7 so you can stop by when it is convenient for you with no need to check in with us again.
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.
If you cannot run the race because of a family emergency, a change in work schedule, or a stuffy nose, you don’t have to worry about forfeiting your registration fee, shirt and finisher medal. A virtual race is one you run yourself, where you want and when you want. If you have not already registered as a virtual runner, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so we can switch your registration.
If you are participating in the race as a virtual participant, you or a friend can pick up your packet, shirt and finisher medal at packet pickup. Tell the volunteers you are a virtual runner and look for the Virtual Runner sign. We will have your packet pulled ahead of time. DO NOT GO TO A COMPUTER to have a bib number assigned to you! Complete the distance whenever and wherever is convenient.
If you are unable to pick up your packet before the race, email email@example.com to let us know you want your packet. The RaceDay Events office is a house converted to office space at 208 W 79th St, KC, MO 64114. You can pick up anytime beginning the Tuesday after the race. Your packet will be in a pickup bin in the basement stairwell in the back of the house off the circle driveway. The pickup bins are outside and available to you 24/7 so you can stop by when it is convenient for you with no need to check in with us again.
Refund and Cancellation Policy
Registration fees are not refundable under any circumstance. Race registrations can be transferred to another participant or to another distance. Save your login so you can do this yourself.
If this race is cancelled for any reason, all registered participants will automatically become virtual runners. If the race is postponed, all participants will be registered for the new date. Shirts, medals and swag will be available for pick up.
Registrations cannot be transferred to another year or another race.
The Race Director reserves the right to modify or cancel the race or course for safety concerns, road condition, permit concerns or natural disaster. Each athlete must accept this risk of their entry fee paid. Registration fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting in advance of the race date, including course preparation, race supplies, permits and administration. Every effort will be made to produce a fair and safe event for all participants. Any decision made that impacts the race date or potential cancellation is carefully considered and based on the overall event safety, sustainability and manageability.
If you want to be guaranteed a refund, purchase race insurance for yourself. Travel insurance companies will cover your race registration and any travel costs you might have.
Weather: The event will not be cancelled because of rain, snow or extreme temperature.
If there is lightning, the event will be postponed for a minimum of 10 minutes until no signs of the storm are present. Participants should seek shelter in their vehicles or a nearby building if available. If lightning continues 30 minutes after the scheduled event start, the race will be subject to cancellation.
The race will be canceled in the event of a tornado warning.
If you have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.