Garmin Marathon

Garmin Marathon

 
4.4 (3 reviews)

Olathe, KS
April 22, 2017

Join us for a full marathon, half marathon, 10k or kids run through the beautiful streets and trails of Olathe. The city of Olathe is just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Kansas City, located in Johnson County, Kansas. Come experience our Midwest charm in the Land of Oz.
Race Reviews: 3
Overall Rating:
 
4.4
Course:
 
3.8
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
4.3
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The organizers changed to a new course in 2016 to eliminate the 'muddy trail' they ran into in previous years. However, this made the course more challenging with fairly constant rolling hills throughout - even on the bike path used for the second half.

Pros:
1) Very good race organization
2) Lots of committed volunteers
3) New expo location allows for easier packet pick-up
4) First half of course showcases lots of Olathe and surrounding communities
5) Large medal with changing Wizard of Oz theme
6) Good communication via email and Facebook leading up to marathon
7) Excellent new start/finish location
8) Good course support with water, Gatorade?, and Gu.

Cons:
1) Expo was on small side with maybe 20 vendors
2) Marathon is over shadowed by half marathon
3) Second half of marathon course is extremely rolling 6.5 miles out and 6.5 miles back on an asphalt bike trail which is fairly boring
4) Insufficient number of portapotties at start
5) Community did not seem aware of marathon - few spectators beyond runners' families
6) Garmin reps at expo did not know their Forerunner product line very well

Overall this is a good smaller marathon. The Oz theme is fun. The weather was a bit warm this year. That combined with the challenging course, especially the bike trail section, kicked my butt. It did allow me to complete Kansas on my 50 state marathon quest.
Overall Rating:
 
4.2
Course:
 
3.0
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
4.5
Reviewed by Brian M. on 4/18/2016
Racing Experience: 20+ Marathons
Location: South Lyon, MI

Review: The organizers changed to a new course in 2016 to eliminate the 'muddy trail' they ran into in previous years. However, this made the course more challenging with fairly constant rolling hills throughout - even on the bike path used for the second half.

Pros:
1) Very good race organization
2) Lots of committed volunteers
3) New expo location allows for easier packet pick-up
4) First half of course showcases lots of Olathe and surrounding communities
5) Large medal with changing Wizard of Oz theme
6) Good communication via email and Facebook leading up to marathon
7) Excellent new start/finish location
8) Good course support with water, Gatorade?, and Gu.

Cons:
1) Expo was on small side with maybe 20 vendors
2) Marathon is over shadowed by half marathon
3) Second half of marathon course is extremely rolling 6.5 miles out and 6.5 miles back on an asphalt bike trail which is fairly boring
4) Insufficient number of portapotties at start
5) Community did not seem aware of marathon - few spectators beyond runners' families
6) Garmin reps at expo did not know their Forerunner product line very well

Overall this is a good smaller marathon. The Oz theme is fun. The weather was a bit warm this year. That combined with the challenging course, especially the bike trail section, kicked my butt. It did allow me to complete Kansas on my 50 state marathon quest.

What a great race! I absolutely loved the excitement and enthusiasm of everyone involved -- even the town gets into the whole Wizard of Oz theme! I must say that I was most impressed by the top-notch race organization though... everything ran extremely smooth -- plenty of porta-potties, aid stations, food, and gatoraid/water.

For the course, the first half is nothing to write home about, but I really enjoyed the last 10 miles on the trail.. it's a great break from the standard pounding on regular city roads.

Overall, a really great race! And even a cool medal and t-shirt to boot!
Overall Rating:
 
4.7
Course:
 
4.5
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
4.5
Reviewed by Kate McCormick on 7/1/2014
Racing Experience: 1 - 5 Marathons
Location: Lincoln, NE

Review: What a great race! I absolutely loved the excitement and enthusiasm of everyone involved -- even the town gets into the whole Wizard of Oz theme! I must say that I was most impressed by the top-notch race organization though... everything ran extremely smooth -- plenty of porta-potties, aid stations, food, and gatoraid/water.

For the course, the first half is nothing to write home about, but I really enjoyed the last 10 miles on the trail.. it's a great break from the standard pounding on regular city roads.

Overall, a really great race! And even a cool medal and t-shirt to boot!

As many others have noted, the course was not as "fast" or "flat" as the race's website touts. It's not bad by any means, but I honestly wasn't expecting much for hills and I was looking to BQ (which I didn't).

That said, race itself is quite fun. Personally, I like the idea of themed races -- they really add personality and give runners the chance to run in costume (which some did, and they were hilarious!).

Overall, the race was well organized, spectators were enthusiastic, volunteers were great, and the course was good. I had fun and would do it again.
Overall Rating:
 
4.3
Course:
 
4.0
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
4.0
Reviewed by Joe Gordon on 3/31/2014
Racing Experience: 5 - 10 Marathons
Location: Wichita, KS

Review: As many others have noted, the course was not as "fast" or "flat" as the race's website touts. It's not bad by any means, but I honestly wasn't expecting much for hills and I was looking to BQ (which I didn't).

That said, race itself is quite fun. Personally, I like the idea of themed races -- they really add personality and give runners the chance to run in costume (which some did, and they were hilarious!).

Overall, the race was well organized, spectators were enthusiastic, volunteers were great, and the course was good. I had fun and would do it again.

Elevation Profile


Course Vitals

Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 850 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Gender Distribution


Total Number of Participants: 500

Finishing Times

Age Distribution

Boston & NYC Qualifiers

Total Qualifiers:

Boston 25

New York 9

 

Percentage of Total Finishers:

Boston 5.1%

New York 1.8%


Note: Data based off of 2016 race results