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Kansas City Marathon

Kansas City, MO

Race Dates

2017: Saturday, October 21, 2017
2016: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.92
Course Score: 97.92

Race Size

2016: 1,246 Finishers
2015: 1,298 Finishers
2014: 1,340 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 4.1%
2015: 7.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Kansas City Marathon is a challenging course with several significant hills. PRs and BQs will be well earned on this scenic course.

Marathon Rankings

The Kansas City Marathon was the 74th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 71st largest in 2015.

Last year 4.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Kansas City Marathon the 416th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 284th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 97.92 ranks it as the 302nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Missouri.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Kansas City Marathon a PR Score of 97.92. This PR Score ranks it as the 266th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Missouri.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1007 feet (307m)
Min Elevation: 777 feet (236m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Kansas City Marathon

4 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2015 Kansas City Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Very hilly, but the course goes through various areas of Kansas City.

Race Tips

Train on hills.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2013 Kansas City Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The course is well laid out to maximize some of the most scenic parts of Kansas City; Downtown, the Plaza, Ward Parkway... In 2013 there was about a mile of the course where the street was in the midst of being repaved, and the old asphalt had been milled off, but the new hadn't been laid by race day. As a result that mile (probably between 7-8 outbound, and 20-21 inbound) wasn't very popular with the runners. There are a number of hills, though the more strenuous ones seemed to be early in the course (or maybe it was that I was just able to focus on them more early on). They had a couple bands along the route, which was great, and through some of the residential areas there were spectators with boom-boxes, and at one point even a middle-school aged kid who was playing the 'Rocky' theme on his saxophone for passing runners.

Race Tips

Mid- to Late-October is an unpredictable time, weather-wise, in Kansas City. The day could be 50 - 70 degrees and sunny, or 30's and rainy. 2013 had a chilly start (about 35), but after the sun rose it was a gorgeous day. Especially if you're traveling in from out of town, follow the weather forecasts closely and be prepared with a range of race-day gear.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

While they provide lots of parking near the start of the race, what with the street closures, getting in can be more time consuming (especially for locals who think that 10 minutes is a 'long wait in traffic') than you might think. You may be better off parking on the street a few blocks away, and walking in.

Finish Time Equivalent

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