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Rock The Parkway

Saturday April 6th, 2024
Kansas City, Mo
Distance: Half Marathon · 5K
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Rock the Parkway was founded in 2010 as a half marathon, 10K and 5K run/walk. The race has been a partnership between KC Running Company and Burns & McDonnell since the beginning, with Burns & McDonnell serving as the host of the event at its world headquarters on Ward Parkway in Kansas City. The partners selected Science City at Union Station as the charity partner and have worked with them since the beginning to support their educational efforts. Science City has opened its doors to race participants during the event weekend for the last several years.

The course for Rock the Parkway has not changed a great deal over the years, and the only significant change with the event occurred when the 10K run/walk was eliminated in 2012 to reduce congestion at the start and finish, improving the race experience for participants. Growing from a first-year response of 3,700 registrants on a cool and wet day in 2010 to nearly 8,500 registrants in 2014, the event is one of the largest running events in the area.

Course records for the half marathon were set by Kim Reed on the women's side (1:16:26) in 2015 and by Joe Moore (1:05:32) in 2015.

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Bob Anderson
I have ran this half twice, my first race in Kansas since 1969. What a treat to run on Ward Parkway. I really enjoyed this half. First class.
Rock The Parkway, Race Date: 2024-04-06, Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 1:10:11 Matthew Maki 23 KS
2nd Male 1:10:12 William Graham 29 KS
3rd Male 1:11:21 Steve Mantell 32 MO
4th Male 1:11:45 Josh Stevenson 22 MO
Female 1:16:22 Kaitlyn Shea 27 MO
2nd Female 1:25:01 Sally Heil 26 MO
3rd Female 1:26:05 Brooke Hult 31 MO
4th Female 1:26:07 Anna Wiseman 28 MO
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 1:21:32 Eric Fry 45 MO
M 50-59 1:21:40 Tom May 57 MO
M 60-69 1:29:37 Brent Roper 61 KS
M 70+ 1:34:39 Henri Coeme 71 MO
F 40-49 1:31:35 Karen Chiang 41 MO
F 50-59 1:40:20 Heather Berner 53 KS
F 60-69 1:59:12 Mary Haman 60 MO
F 70+ 2:30:03 Nancy Pence 70 KS
Rock The Parkway

The Rock the Parkway course, along historic Ward Parkway, is one of the most scenic in the Midwest. The fairly flat terrain, together with the long downhill finish, makes it one of the fastest half marathon courses in the area. It has been voted Best Race Course by area runners, year after year.

The USATF-certified course will:

  • Be well marked with traffic cones, turn arrows, pavement marking and large mile markers
  • Be closed to traffic
  • Have numerous aid stations for participants with water and sports drink
  • Have several bands along the course


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