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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: 2023-04-08, Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 1:10:22 Josh Baden Lawrence, KS
2nd Male 1:10:29 William Graham Lenexa, KS
3rd Male 1:11:58 Colby Kromminga Olathe, KS
4th Male 1:12:02 Nate Pearson Kansas City, MO
Female 1:19:38 Kaitlyn Shea Jefferson City, MO
2nd Female 1:19:55 Olivia Hoj Overland Park, KS
3rd Female 1:20:50 Mandy Zimmerman Junction City, KS
4th Female 1:25:08 Laura Eakin Leawood, KS
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 1:18:11 Drake Vidrine Missouri Hills, KS
M 50-59 1:22:32 Tom May Colombia, MO
M 60-69 1:29:26 Donny Danner Kansas City, MO
M 70+ 1:38:48 Don Turner Shawnee, KS
F 40-49 1:33:08 Amy Schmitz Bainbridge Island, WA
F 50-59 1:34:03 Michell Andrew Topeka, KS
F 60-69 1:56:51 Virginia Harmer Mission, KS
F 70+ 2:30:52 Jeanne Hendrickson Kansas City, MO
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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