Select one of the frequently asked questions below to learn more.
How do I pronounce Olathe?
The proper way is “oh-lay-thuh” with the emphasis on “lay.” Olathe is a Shawnee Indian word for “beautiful.”
Is this race a Boston qualifier?
The marathon is USATF certified and thus, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. (See qualifying times.) The half marathon is also USATF certified, which makes finish times eligible for state, national and world records.
Is there a qualifying time?
No, all participants are welcome to register.
Can I register on race day?
No, there will be no race-day registration. Your last chance to register is at Packet Pick-Up on Friday, April 19.
Where do I park?
Parking is available in the parking garage north of the main Garmin building. Parking lot attendants will be on hand to direct you on race day.
Can I have an early start?
We cannot offer the option of an early start. All participants will begin the marathon and half marathon at 7 a.m.; 5K and kids run at 7:30 a.m.
Where will I find restroom facilities?
There will be porta-potties available at Garmin and at all aid stations along the course.
What drinks will I find at aid stations?
Water and Gatorade. We will also have two GU stops, which are designated on the course map.
What is the course like?
The course is generally flat with small rolling hills. The race will be run in commercial development areas, residential streets and on a paved suburban running trail with the start and finish at the Garmin Headquarters.
Is this a closed course?
The course is not closed. However city officials will cone and monitor the course to assure the safest environment for all participants. All runners must keep to the right, unless otherwise posted along the route. This will allow faster runners to pass on the left.
What is the time limit for the course?
Six hours. Course protection will be provided until l p.m. Marathon and half marathon participants need to be at mile 11 by 10 a.m. The finish line will remain open until 1:30 p.m.
How many people run this race?
Last year we had more than 2,400 runners between the three events.
Can I race with a wheelchair or handcycle?
Due to the lack of sustainable participation numbers in these divisions, these options have been suspended.
Can we run as a relay?
The Olathe Sports Commission has long maintained a cooperative spirit in the Kansas City running community. When the legendary Brew to Brew relay event moved their event to April, we decided we would not “compete” with such an iconic Kansas City running event. Thus, no relay option is available for the Garmin Marathon.
Are headphones allowed?
You will find that most every road race bans the use of headphones, and this event is no exception. This is to ensure participants can be fully aware of their environment, especially since you will not be on a closed course. If you absolutely insist on wearing headphones, please keep the volume at a level that allows you to hear what is going on around you.
Where should I stay? What hotels do you recommend?
Olathe has several great hotels. Learn more.
What if I need to drop out during the race?
If at any point in the run you feel you need to resign, please try to reach an aid station and contact a volunteer. Otherwise, contact a police officer or emergency personnel. Unless it is deemed an emergency, a shuttle will circulate and pick you up and return you to the finish area.
May I get a refund?
Unfortunately, all entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. After we have received and accepted your entry, we cannot issue a refund, allow you to transfer your number to anyone else or change your registration to next year.
Where can spectators view the progress along the route?
There is ample viewing area at Garmin, and additional spectator areas along the course are noted on the course maps.
Can I provide feedback?
Feel free to email the race director at firstname.lastname@example.org.