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Rock The Parkway

Saturday April 13th, 2019
Kansas City, Mo
Distance: Half Marathon · 5K

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.
Race Date: 04/14/2018 Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 1:07:10 Evan Landes 25 Mulvane KS
2nd Male 1:09:33 Austin Bogina 24 Arma KS
3rd Male 1:11:37.2 Elias Rutto 28 Grand Prairie TX
4th Male 1:13:11.5 Josh Baden 28 Lawrence KS
Female 1:29:49 Kristen Glassmaker 29 Lees Summit MO
2nd Female 1:31:29 Megan Brown 38 Kansas City MO
3rd Female 1:31:58.4 Melissa Kapels 33 Liberty MO
4th Female 1:32:03.7 Chelsea Fullerton 25 Cottonwood Falls KS
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 1:28:16 Bryan Hay 44 Kansas City MO
M 50-59 1:29:41.5 Mat Eastlack 50 Prairie Village KS
M 60-69 1:39:33.1 Chris Glatt 60 Overland Park KS
M 70+ 2:00:03.5 Tim Thomas 70 Grain Valley MO
F 40-49 1:42:37 Courtney Filing 41 Kansas City MO
F 50-59 1:43:10.9 Joann Shipps 53 Shawnee KS
F 60-69 1:48:18.9 Pam Perica 63 Kansas City KS
F 70+ 2:23:08.8 Jeanne Hendrickson 74 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 a “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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