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Participant Guide

Packet Pickup:

Saturday, October 31, 2020: 10:30 AM to 5 PM

Garry Gribble Running Sports, Ward Parkway Center, 8600 Ward Parkway, KCMO 64114

Map to Garry Gribble Running Sports

Sunday (race day), November 1, 2020: 7:00 to 8:30 AM before the start of the race.

Founders Park shelter at Corporate Woods

9401 Indian Creek Parkway Overland Park, KS 66210

Runners may pick up another runner’s packet; just make sure your friends know you are picking up their packets …otherwise you may lose a friend!

Gear Check:
On race morning, participants may check gear at the shirt and hoodie table between 7 and 8:30am. 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 shirt and hoodie table inside the finish line festival.

Gear check bags not claimed by 3pm on race day can be picked up starting the Tuesday after the race at the Race Day Events office at 208 West 79th St, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Race Day Schedule of Events:

7 – 8:30 AM Packet pick-up and race day registration

8:30 AM – Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K starts

8:55 AM – 5K Start

9:15 AM – Post race festivities begin

9:30 AM – Awards for the 5K and 10K

11:00 AM – Awards for Half Marathon

12:00 PM – Awards for Marathon

Start and Finish:

All races start and finish at Founder’s Park in Corporate Woods, across from Building 40, 9401 Indian Creek Trail, Overland Park, KS 66210

Strollers Welcome in the 5K! We ask that walkers with strollers start behind the runners so everyone will be safe!

Note: No runners with earbuds, motorized vehicles, roller blades, bikes, or dogs will be allowed on the course as our insurance policy does not cover these


This event is timed using a disposable chip on the back of your bib number. Pin your bib number to the FRONT of your outfit.  No need to return your chip when you are done!


Results will be posted immediately upon crossing the finish line! (Results)  Go to the results kiosk at the finish line festival and type in your bib number to find your finish time and placement. You can also sign up here to receive results sent directly to your mobile phone, Facebook and Twitter page!


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 the 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 before you stop by.

Photos and Video:

SeeKCRun will be present to capture great memories and pictures will be posted to by Monday! A video clip of you crossing the finish line will be included with your results approximately 24 hours after the race! Photo link

Virtual Run:

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.  No need to go to a computer to have a bib number assigned to you! Complete the distance whenever and wherever is convenient and email the time it took to complete your run. If you are unable to pick up your packet, it will be available at the RaceDay Events office at 208 W 79th St, KC, MO 64114 beginning the Tuesday  after the race. Please email us before you stop by.

If you did not originally sign up for the virtual race but need to switch to the virtual option, shoot us an email at as soon as possible or let us know at packet pickup.


Parking is available in the adjacent parking lots at Corporate Woods.  See the map below for parking locations.


Portable Toilets will be located in the parking lot North of Building 40. There will be NO indoor toilets. Do not attempt to enter the office buildings as our permit does not include this. See the map below for toilet locations.


CLICK HERE to see where you’re running! There will be plenty of arrows, directional signs and markings along the ground and volunteers along the course to point you in the right direction. Additionally, each mile will be marked and we’ll have timing.

Half Marathon 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 and more) will be provided for Half 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.

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) Pacers are not available for the 5K and 10K

Time Limit:

There is a 3.5 hour half marathon time limit.  During that time the course is closed to traffic and the aid stations are available. The police may open sections of the course to let vehicles cross when there are large gaps in the race. Participants must maintain at least a 14 minute per mile pace to meet the course deadline.

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.

Finish Line Festival:

The Gobbler Grind will be serving up great food and fun after the race!  All finisher medals, marathon finisher blankets, food and drinks will be located in the fenced in Finisher Zone adjacent to the finish line. Marathon finishers will receive a fleece blanket in addition to their finisher medal.  Friends and family will not be allowed in this area.

The rest of the finish line festival will be adjacent to the Finisher Zone.  This area is for runners and non-runners alike and will contain vendor and sponsor booths, food and drinks for purchase, massage tables, chiropractors, results, awards and our merchandise tent!  Gobble it up!

Spectators are welcome anywhere along the course!  Much of the route is difficult to drive to (being on a paved trail) so we suggest having a game plan before arriving.  CLICK HERE to see suggested viewing/cheering locations!

Spectators will not be allowed inside the fenced in Finisher Zone but will have access to the Finish Line Festival adjacent to the finish line where they can find water coolers and a food truck with some great drink and food options!

Charity Partner: The Farmers House, Embracing, Enhancing, and Supporting the Lives of Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities


The Gobbler Grind is celebrating its 24th year!  The race was started by Mike English and another employee from Garry Gribbles Running Sports who thought it would be fun to plan a race between two of their stores.  Paved running trails almost connected the Ward Parkway store and the Overland Park store at Stoll Park.  The trails were measured and it was approximately a marathon distance.  The name Gobbler Grind was chosen to differentiate from all the other “turkey” races in the fall.  The first race was won by Eric Peters.  As time went on the location was moved, but the race remains a pre-holiday tradition for runners in the Kansas City area.

Questions: E-mail us at