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well-being and quality of life in Olathe.”

February 14, 2014

Chamber gears up for 11th annual marathon, adds new courses, Team Relay to Garmin Marathon on April 26

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce will hold the Garmin Marathon, In the Land of Oz on April 26, 2014. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the event, which began in 2004 as the Olathe Marathon. Presented by Garmin International Inc., the Garmin Marathon is an event for runners of all levels and ages that promises to be a wickedly fun race experience. Events include a 6K, half marathon, full marathon and a Munchkin Marathon, designed for children, kindergarten through sixth grade. This year’s Garmin Marathon also features a new Team Relay option for teams of 3-5 participants.

Packet pick-up for the marathon will be held in conjunction with a Health and Wellness Expo, sponsored by Holmes Murphy, at the Hilton Garden Inn Olathe, 12080 S. Strang Line Rd., on Thursday, April 24, from 4-8 p.m. and on Friday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Race participants are encouraged to stop by the Expo, which will feature numerous on-site vendors. Click here to learn more about how to showcase your business at this year’s expo!

In advance of race day, runners are also invited to attend the 2nd Annual Pasta Dinner, sponsored by Lockton Companies, at the Hilton Garden Inn Olathe at 7 p.m. with guest speaker Meb Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon and also the overall winner of the 2009 ING New York City Marathon.

Karli Ritter, meteorologist at Fox 4 News, will be this year’s event emcee. The courses for all three running events are flat and fast and the marathon is a Boston qualifier. Both the marathon and half marathon are USATF-certified. Races will start and finish at Garmin’s headquarters, 1200 E. 151st St. For more race details and registration, visit

Town Hall Forum, an opportunity to hear from delegation

Save the date and plan to attend a Joint Town Hall Forum at the Olathe City Hall on March 1 from 9:30-11 a.m. Co-sponsored by the Olathe Chamber, members are invited to attend this no-charge event to hear from elected officials on decisions being made in Topeka that will impact the Olathe community. Presentations from local delegation will be given, followed by a Q&A period.

This week’s Ribbon Cutting: City Super Buffet

City Super Buffet opened its doors last month at 12225 S. Strang Line Rd. City Super Buffet has over 100 items, including seafood, sushi, Hibachi, Chinese, American cuisine, fruits and ice cream. Open seven days a week, City Buffet takes reservations and walk-ins are welcome. Visit their website,, to learn more.



Two “state-of” events to keep tuned in to city and county governments

State-of-the-City Luncheon – SOLD OUT

March 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Olathe

  • Annual address presented by the Olathe Chamber, done in cooperation with the City of Olathe and sponsored by Olathe Medical Center
  • Emphasizes Chamber-City partnership and highlights year’s accomplishments
  • Features an address by Mayor Michael Copeland and video presentation

State-of-the-County Luncheon

March 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St.

  • Sponsored by Johnson County chambers of commerce in cooperation with Johnson County Government
  • Address by Ed Eilert, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners
  • Highlights county programs and activities
  • $30 each, $300 for a corporate table
  • Reserve your seat by calling 913-764-1050

Meet staff, new businesses at the New Member Luncheon

If you’re a new member of the Olathe Chamber – or just want to learn more about maximizing your membership – join us for lunch, Friday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Olathe Medical Center Doctors Building 2, Suite 315! Our New Member Lunches are a great way to meet Chamber staff, other members and find out more about getting involved and take advantage of member benefits. Click here to RSVP.


Special thanks to our 2014 New Member Luncheon sponsors – Grandma’s Office Catering, Olathe Medical Center and Sir Speedy – Olathe.


Seven Olathe Northwest High School students were honored for a mobile app they developed called “Jump In Jobs,” which was named Best in State at the Verizon App Challenge. The students are all sophomores and are current members of the 21th Century Aerospace and Engineering program at Northwest.

California Trail Middle School seventh-grade student, Vanya Shivashankar, will represent Olathe District Schools at the Scripps National Bee this spring, after winning the district’s bee in 12 rounds earlier this week. Shivashankar, who will go to the national bee for the fourth time this spring, spelled patrician and saturnine correctly to win. Cedar Creek Elementary School fifth-grader Amrith Samuel came in second.

A sampling of upcoming events

Feb. 17 – Chamber and City of Olathe offices closed in observance of Presidents Day.

Feb. 22 – Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can discover and help with winter farm chores that may include sawing wood, cooking and blacksmithing. Admission is $6/adult, $4/child.

Feb. 24 – Free Career Readiness Seminar hosted by Rasmussen College Kansas City/Overland Park, from 9-10 a.m. at their Overland Park campus, 11600 College Blvd. This opportunity is open to the public and will be focused on enhancing your LinkedIn profile. RSVP to

Feb. 24 – Leadership Olathe Alumni Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fire Administration Building, 1225 S. Hamilton Circle. Visit, sponsor code OlatheAlumni, to schedule an appointment.

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