Kansas is home to several of the best marathon competitions in America and offers runners at all skill levels a variety of competitive, challenging and fun races. Whether the race is certified, or raising awareness, or donating money for important causes, all your Kanas hosts will make sure you have a fun and enjoyable experience.
Runners from across Kansas, the United States and a sprinkling of foreign countries will start the Eisenhower Marathon and half marathon at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene. This race is a Boston Marathon qualifying race. Shorter races offered are a10K, a 5K and a “community” walk. All races are held on a paved course, which challenges its runners through parts of the historic Chisolm Trail.
Come for the run and stay for the barbeque. The annual Dexter BBQ 5 K Run and two-mile walk is held in Dexter, Kansas. The race’s course is on paved streets and will finish in downtown Dexter. There is a little bit of flavor for everyone.
The Garmin Marathon is held in April in the city of Olathe. Races include a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K and kids run, which begins and finishes near the Olathe Conference Center and Embassy Suites Hotel. The Land of OZ race attracts thousands of runners from across Kansas, the nation and several foreign countries and is put on by the Olathe Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Sponsored by the Mainly Marathon group, which hosts exciting, “low key” marathons, the Ulysses, Kanas Dust Bowl Marathon Series Day race is set for March. The full and half marathons begin at Frazier Park near the Brentwood Golf Course. The course is on blacktop roads and a small section follows a 20 feet hill path around a small lake. This race is always challenging and fun.
The Kansas Honey Badger 100 Mile Ultra Road Race is said to be an “epic ultra-running experiences of a lifetime” and is open to all runners and all skill levels. How do you run a 100-mile race? You run seven plus miles in the park and 92 plus miles on Kingman County roads. Each runner brings their own team, food, and around 12 gallons of water and 30 pounds of ice assist in this lengthy 100-mile run.
This fun marathon is held the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day. The race is a six-person team marathon course that will take runners from the Wichita Brewing Company’s west location to their east location. Designed to be an enjoyable course for all skill levels, and is USATF certified for competitive runners. All proceeds are donated to the Kansas Food Bank.
A chilling, thrilling race in the fall is the Gobbler Grind. Traditionally held before the Thanksgiving holiday each year, this race is a Boston Qualifier race and a USATF certified course. This race has become a Kansas City tradition and has been rocking for over two decades. Open to all ages and all skill levels and everyone who enjoys running on a crisp fall day in Kansas.
A favorite event for local and regional runners, the Annual Run for the Rocks Half Marathon is set for September. The 13.1-mile course is a certified flat track that offers all runners a path through the Jim Martinez Trail and through pristine neighborhoods, before finishing in front of cheering crowds at Gowans Stadium. Best time for a marathon in the soft weather of fall.
Celebrate nuptials at any stage by participating in this fun-filled, 5K Wedding Walk/Run in Overland Park in April. Races begin in the morning at the Ritz Charles and end with prizes, food, entertainment and a bridal expo. It is a sweetheart of a race!
The city of Olathe’s, Storybook Run 5K, begins early on March 4 at Frontier Park. Runners can enter the individual 5K, a team 5K or the Kid’s Dash. Costumes are welcome and throughout the day. A fun race dedicated to supporting education and learning.