July 18, 2014

FAQ

 

 

GENERAL RACE INFORMATION


  • 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.”
  • What day is the race?
    • Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Is this race a Boston qualifier?
    • The Garmin 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. Click here for more information on Athlete Registration for the Boston Marathon.
  • Is there a qualifying time?
    • No, all participants are welcome to register.
  • What is the time limit for the course?
    • There is a 7 hour time limit to get to the finish line for the Marathon, but runners may be asked to walk on the sidewalk after a certain period of time. We prefer the Marathon and Half Marathon Participants make it to MILE 12 by 10:00 a.m. The cones and the aid stations will be gradually removed as the last runner passes. The finish line will remain open until about 2:00 p.m., after that time the finish line timing mat may be moved on to the sidewalk to get last runners time. Olathe City Police, Traffic and Volunteers may open sections of the course to let vehicles cross when there are large gaps in the participants and is deemed safe. Walking is Allowed.
  • What is the course like?
    • The race will be run in commercial development areas, residential streets and on a paved suburban running trail.
  • 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.
  • Are walkers allowed?
    • Yes, we allow walkers. For the start line, all walkers must line up in the back of the pack. The timing does not start until they cross the start mat. Starting in the front of the pack may cause congestion and may be unsafe for the walker.
  • What distances are available?
    • Full Marathon: 26.2 miles,  Half Marathon: 13.1 miles,  10k: 6.2 miles,  Kids Run: 1.2 miles on race day. As well as the Virtual Races.
  • Can I have an early start?
    • We cannot offer the option of an early start.
  • Can I have an late start?
    • We do not officially offer the option of an late start. This start line will be immediately moved to the finish line spot after the last on-time runner passes over the mat.
  • Is the Garmin Marathon part of a marathon series?
    • Yes, the Garmin Marathon (Half Marathon) is part of the Heartland Series 39.3. There will be another series option with some other Wizard of Oz Themed Races coming in next few years.
  • What is the average weather on race day?
  • How many people run this race?
    • In 2016 there were 650 in Full, 2100 in Half, 600 in 10K, and 375 in Kids Run.
  • Is there a cap on runners per race?
    • In 2017 the live race will be have a cap of 700 in Full, 2700 in Half, 600 in 10K, and 450 in Kids Run.
    • In 2017 the virtual race will be have a cap of 100 in Full, 100 in Half, 100 in 10K, and 50 in Kids Run.
  • What were the top times for winners last year?
    • See our results from each year link.
  • Is their an age limit?
    • No. We have a 18 and under category and a 80 and over category for results. See Race Details Page for more info.
  • What is the date of the next years race?
    • April 21, 2018
    • April 22, 2017
    • April 16, 2016
    • April 18, 2015
    • April 26, 2014
    • April 20, 2013
    • April 21, 2012
    • April 16, 2011
    • April 10, 2010
    • April 4, 2009
    • March 29, 2008
    • March 31, 2007
    • June 20, 2006
    • June 21, 2005
    • May 29, 2004
    • May 24, 2003
  • What amenities do I get for finishing?
    • Each registered participant will receive an official Garmin Marathon participant tee. Each full, half, and 10K participant will receive a Wizard of Oz Themed medal immediately after crossing the finish line. Finishers will also have access to FREE snacks, FREE meal, FREE beer (over 21 only), FREE water bottles, FREE Adjustment, FREE Massage, FREE Stretch.
  • Can I race with a wheelchair or handcycle?
    • Due to the lack of sustainable participation numbers in these divisions, these options have been suspended.
  • Why is there no Team Relay this year?
    • Due to the lack of sustainable participation numbers in this race, these options have been suspended.
  • Why is there no Pasta Dinner this year?
    • Due to the lack of sustainable participation numbers in this race, these options have been suspended.

 

REGISTRATION


  • Can I register on race day?
    • No, there will be no race-day registration. Your last opportunity to register at the one day Packet Pick-Up and Expo held the day before the race on Friday.
  • When does registration close?
    • ONLY Online registration will close the Wednesday before the race day.
  • Is there late registration?
    • Late in-person ONLY registration is available at the one day Packet Pickup and Expo held the day before the race on Friday. You can still pick-up you packet on race day at 6a.m. if you are a registered participant.
  • Can I register by mail, phone, fax or email?
    • Some participants will chose to avoid the $6.00 mandatory online transaction service fee by mailing in their registration to the Race Director. NO FAX, PHONE or EMAIL registrations will be accepted. See the Registration page. Mail in registrations must be postmarked by two weeks before the race day.
  • Can I switch events?
    • Yes, you can switch events by emailing the Race Director at marathon@olathe.org by within one week of the race day. After April 17th, due to the large amount of activity on race week the only way to switch events is to show up in-person to the one day Packet Pickup and Expo. Your request to switch races will be processed at once day Packet Pick-up tables found in the lobby of the expo. There will be NO event switches allowed on race day. NOTE: If switching to a shorter distance or the virtual race, you will not receive a refund for the difference in price. If you move up a distance you will pay the difference in the rates that are currently in effect.
  • 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, nor allow you to transfer your number to anyone else.
  • 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.
  • What shows up on my credit card or bank statement when I pay for the race?
    • GetMeRegister.com is what will show up on your charge statement. This entity is the online registration program used for credit card transactions. The Olathe Chamber of Commerce is the non-profit organization that hosts the race, and the Race Director works for the Olathe Chamber of Commerce.
  • May I get a specific bib number for the race?
    • We will be unable to give out specific numbers for bibs this year.
  • Why am I having trouble registering online with the website?
    • Safari browser on Mac or PC has trouble loading the registration portal. We suggest Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox. It can be loaded from iPhone Safari browser. Email marathon@olathe.org if still having trouble with payment. Please do not call.
  • I didn’t add a promo code for a discount when I registered, OR I registered and then a code was promoted to the public, can I get a proactive credit or a refund?
    • There are no refunds for any registrations, or partial refunds or credits for non-application of a coupon code.
  • I didn’t add a promo code for a discount when I registered, OR I registered and then a code was promoted to the public, can I get a proactive credit or a refund?
    • There are no refunds for any registrations, or partial refunds or credits for non-application of a coupon code.

 

AWARDS


  • Are there awards?
    • Yes, we give out awards.
  • Do you give out monetary prizes?
    • No, this race is put on by the not for profit organization Olathe Chamber of Commerce / Conventions and Visitors Bureau.
  • Will there be a post-race awards ceremony?
    • Yes, there is a ceremony.
  • When will results be finalized?
    • All results will be final within one week of the event.

 

COURSE


  • Where can I find a Garmin Marathon course map?
  • Where can spectators view the progress along the route?
    • There is ample viewing area at the start/finish line, and additional spectator areas along the course are noted on the Spectator Areas Page.
  • Is the course certified?
    • Yes the full and half marathon courses are USATF certified and sanctioned. The 10k is certified and the kids run is measured.
  • Is the course(s) hilly?
    • Please, see the elevation chart on the bottom of the course map. The race will be run in commercial development areas, residential streets and on a paved suburban running trail.
  • How many aid stations are on the course?
    • Click here to view the course maps with aid stations identified.
  • What will be available at the aid stations?
    • All aid stations will be supplied with water and Gatorade for hydration. Some aid stations will have Gu Energy Gels available.
  • What flavor Gatorade do you offer on the course?
    • Flavors will be at random and not specified until race day.
  • What flavor GU/Power Supplement will the marathon course have?
    • Flavors will be at random and not specified until race day.
  • Is there food available on the course?
    • There is no sanctioned food on the course by the Garmin Marathon. Some aid station volunteers may provide un-sanctioned donated food.
  • 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. You will not be asked to remove your headphones, and 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.
  • Can I bring my dog?
    • Animals are NOT allowed on the course unless they are assisting visually impaired participants.
  • Can I push a stroller?
    • Strollers are only allowed in the Munchkin Marathon and Family Run. Strollers of any kind are NOT allowed in the FULL, HALF 10K races.
      • Because of the race courses overlapping, the space for strollers is limited along College Boulevard.
  • What items can I NOT bring to finish line are or run with?
  • The following items are prohibited from this event and race venues:
    • A weapon of any kind, including firearms, knives, mace, etc.
    • Any dangerous item or “dual-use” item that could be considered dangerous, including hammers, saws, sharp objects, etc.
    • Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks, toxic chemicals, and explosives.
    • Off Premises Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances of any kind.
    • Unmanned aerial devices, drones, survey balloons, photography mini-copters, and any flying device with an on/off switch.
    • Glass containers.
    • Containers of liquid larger than one liter.
  • What items can I run with?
    • Yes, Camelbaks® and any type of hydration backpack, fuel belts, and hand-held water bottles are allowed.
  • Where will I find restroom facilities?
    • There will be porta-potties available near the starting/finish line and at all aid stations along the course.

 

PACKET PICK-UP & EXPO


  • When and where is the packet pick-up?
  • Will parking be available at the Expo / Packet Pick-up?
    • Parking is free and available.
  • Do you mail out packets?
    • No, we do not mail out participant packets.
  • Can someone else pick up my packet?
    • Yes. In order for someone to pick up your packet, they must present one of the following:
      • Your confirmation email / order number OR
      • A signed note from you stating you are allowing them to pick up your packet OR
      • A copy of your driver’s license OR
      • Just a person’s name
  • Can I pick up my packet on race day?
    • Yes, runners can pick-up on RACE DAY near the Start / Finish area after 6:00 a.m.

 

RACE DAY


  • How is the race timed?
    • The full marathon, half marathon, and 10K will use disposable bib chip timing through MyLaps. Chips will be attached to the back of your race bib.
  • What time does the race start?
    • Times will be posted by December 2016. Approximately 7:00 a.m.
  • How early should I get to the start/finish area?
    • Each participant is different. You will want to be prepared to find parking, gear check, and get to the start/finish line in plenty of time to prep and be ready to start. It is recommended that participants arrive one half hour early to allow enough time to warm up and get to the start line.
  • How do I line up race morning?
    • Full marathon and half marathon will line up according to their estimated finish time. 10K participants will line up BEHIND all the full marathon and half marathon. DO NOT LEAVE EARLY with the marathon group if doing the 10k. You will be in for a longer run than you thought.
  • Can I run with my Garmin GPS or other GPS devices?
    • The Garmin Marathon encourages the use of Garmin GPS or other running devices, we do not impose a ban on wearing or utilizing such devices. Mile markers will be at each mile along all course routes.
  • Do you have a gear check area?
    • Yes, participants can drop their gear prior to the race and retrieve it from the same location after the race. Gear check will be located near the start/finish line area.
  • Who takes the on-course and finisher pictures and how can I get them?
  • Where will I find restroom facilities?
    • There will be porta-potties available near the starting/finish line and at all aid stations along the course.
  • Do you have guides available for visually impaired runners?
    • The best option we provide is searching for guides via this organization United in Stride. Here is a link of guides within 100 miles of our race.

 

PARKING


  • Where do I park?
    • Parking is available and free. Parking lot attendants will be on hand on race day to direct you where to park. See the Parking Page for all the details.
  • Will there be transportation to and from my hotel?

 

SPECTATORS


 

PACERS


 

MEDICAL


  • Will there be a medical tent?
    • Yes, a medical tent will be onsite to assist all participants if needed at the finish line.

 

HOTEL & TRAVEL


  • Where should I stay? What hotels do you recommend?
  • Are there discounts available if I’m traveling to Kansas City for the race?
    • Please visit the Hotel page on this website for Hotel Discount Information.
  • Will there be transportation to and from my hotel?
  • Will hotels allow late check out?
    • Each hotel will have its own specific check out time. Please check with your hotel for more information. The Garmin Marathon does not provide any help or payment for late check out with any hotels.

 

HEARTLAND SERIES


  • Compete in 3 Half Marathons with Heartland Series. Visit the Heartland Series Website to register:  http://www.heartland393.com/.
  • Can I upgrade from Half Marathon through Heartland Series for the Garmin Full?
    • Yes, there is a $20 upgrade fee. If you want to upgrade you MUST email the Race Director at Marathon@Olathe.org. This is ONLY for those who have already signed up with the Heartland Series 3 Half Marathons.

 

RUNNING GROUPS


  • Do Running Groups / Clubs get a discount for participating?
    • You must have at least 10 participants interested in registering in order to qualify for a group discount. Qualification does not automatically guarantee a discount. Please visit this Running Club Page to get more info.
  • How do we acquire a discount as a running group/club?
    • Those interested as a running group are asked to visit this Running Club Page to get more info about discounts.

 


 

QUESTIONS?