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Sat April 13, 2019 Kansas City, MO US 64114 Directions
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Events

Half Marathon

$65 7:30AM CDT Price increases after October 15, 2018 at 11:59pm CDT

5K

$28 8:00AM CDT Price increases after October 15, 2018 at 11:59pm CDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.rocktheparkway.com.

Place
9400 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO US 64114
Description

Kansas City's favorite half marathon is back for its tenth year on historic Ward Parkway!  Live music, great finishers medals for both the half marathon and, for the first time, the 5K, high quality race shirts and lots of post race food and beverages make this one of Kansas City's favorite events!  The 2019 event will be the best one yet with the best on course experience to date!  Learn more about the Rock the Parkway half marathon and 5K and sign up online at www.rocktheparkway.com.

Finishers Medals and Awards

Rock the Parkway has been known for its distinctive, high quality half marathon finishers medal and the tenth anniversary edition promises to be better than ever! 5K finishers will also be receiving custom finishers medals for the first time in 2019 as part of the celebration!  All participants will compete for age group and overall awards that will be awarded in more than a dozen age group categories.  Results and awards will be available in the post race plaza after the race and will not be mailed out.  You can also opt in to receive your results right after you finish by text message when you sign up!  Stay tuned for the reveal of the final designs for the finishers medals and age group awards! We think you are going to love them!

Course Map

The tree-lined residential Rock the Parkway course features tree lined boulevards, urban parks, distinctive architecture and fountains and has been voted a favorite among area runners.  The course is a fairly flat, undulating terrain with a 1.5 mile downhill to the finish.  There will be water/Gatorade stations every 1.5 to 2 miles along the course with Gu or similar products at one or two of the later water stations.

Live Music

We have showcased a wide variety of local music before, during and after the race each year and we are looking forward to bringing back some of your favorite acts from the past as well as adding new performers to help you Rock the Parkway in 2019!  We will be announcing the lineup of race day music and entertainment soon!

Race Contact Info

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Our Host

We have partnered with our host, Burns & McDonnell, since the beginning of Rock the Parkway and we are grateful that they are once again partnering with us in 2019!  Burns & McDonnell not only hosts the event, they also provide scores of volunteers without whom we would not be able to hold the event.  Learn more about this world leader in engineering and architectural services, at www.burnsmcd.com!

Charity Partner

We are excited to once again partner with Children's Mercy, the region's top children's hospital, as our charity partner for the event.  Learn more about Children's Mercy and the great work that they do for children from all over the world, at www.childrensmercy.org!

Race Expo

There will once again be a two day race expo in conjunction with Rock the Parkway on Thursday and Friday before the race. The expo will feature dozens of local vendors and upcoming races and will provide an opportunity for race registrants to pick up their packets before race day. There will also be a site on race morning near the start/finish for registrants to pick up their packets if they are not able to pick up their packet in advance.  

Wave Start

The half marathon will utilize a wave start to allow participants to line up and start with others of a similar pace, reducing congestion at the beginning of the race.  The 5K will have a separate start after the last wave of the half marathon start, approximately 20 minutes after the first wave of the half marathon.  You will be able to select your wave based on your projected half marathon time when you register.

Weather

While we are planning for a beautiful day to celebrate the tenth annual Rock the Parkway event, weather in April in Kansas City can be tough to predict.  The race director reserves the right to cancel the event if he deems it to be unsafe to run.  In the event of a cancellation, which will not be decided in advance of the start of the race, no refunds will be given.

Refunds

Please be aware that no refunds will be given to registrants for any reason.

Post Race Festivities

Make plans to stick around after the race to enjoy the food, beverages and entertainment in the post race plaza at the Burns & McDonnell world headquarters!  We are excited about the mix of local restaurants, breweries and food companies that are joining together to provide participants a memorable experience.  Stay tuned for more information about the post race plans for 2019!

Photos

Thousands of free downloadable photos will be taken by our team of professional photographers all over the course and you will receive an email a few days after the race directing you to where you can view and download them to save, display and share with others!  New technology will be used this year to identify more photos of you than ever before making it easier to find your favorite shots!

Heartland 39.3 Series

If you are looking for an additional challenge, check out the Heartland 39.3 Challenge of three half marathons in just ten weeks, starting with the Liberty Half Marathon on March 2, Rock the Parkway on April 13 and Running With the Cows Half Marathon on May 11!  In addition to the race shirts and finishers medals you will receive at the end of each race, Heartland 39.3 Series finishers will also receive a Series shirt and finishers medal or other award, based on how many years that they have completed the Series!  Learn more and sign up for the Series, which gets you entry into each of the participating races, at www.heartland393.com.

RaceJoy

Free Live Tracking and Progress Alerts on Race Day!
(Race organizers are providing this as an included service.)

Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at the Rock The Parkway.

Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive GPS-based progress alerts at mile points on the course for current pace and estimated finish time.
  • Post to your Facebook and Twitter walls.
  • Have friends and family track your performance.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Supporting spectators can track your blue dot moving along the course from home or at the race site.
  • NearMe proximity alerts notify spectators when you are drawing near.
  • Find each other using RaceJoy’s MeetUp tool.

Send-a-Cheer

  • Receive fun, motivational audio cheers from your supporting fans.
  • Start sending cheers to others doing the race at any time.

The Rock The Parkway is sponsoring RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators these features for free (normally a 99 cents upgrade fee for both the participant and spectator).

Note:
- Participant must carry phone
- No official race timing information is provided for this race in RaceJoy
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