October 23, 2015

History

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History of this Race

 

  • This race started in 2002 as the marathon course for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships!
  • In 2003, the NAIA allowed the public to run the course 30 minutes behind the student athletes and it officially became the Olathe Marathon with 183 participants.
  • In 2004, the Olathe Marathon started at the Olathe District Activity Center and finished at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, KS.
  • From 2005-2008, the Olathe Marathon started at the Gardner-Edgerton High School and finished in downtown Olathe.
  • From 2009-2015, this race started and finished at Garmin Headquarters in Olathe, KS.
  • In 2011, the Wizard of Oz theme became the new force behind a top Kansas Marathon. The race was called the Oz Marathon with more than 1,800 participants.
  • In 2012, Garmin’s sponsorship increased to become the title name sponsor of the race to become the Garmin Marathon. The Wizard of Oz theme is still used.
  • In 2014, the Garmin Marathon became part of one of the three Heartland Series Half Marathons and registration swelled to nearly 4,000 runners.
  • In 2016, the Garmin Marathon found a new home for their start/finish line at the all new Embassy Suites Hotel & Olathe Conference Center and hosted more than 3,700 runners from five countries and 44 states.
  • In 2017, the Garmin Marathon is expected to run a very similar course to 2016’s new design with some alterations to the start/finish area to allow traffic in and out much faster from the office complex. Race date of April 22, 2017.

 


 

Races by the year

 

2003 – NAIA / Olathe Marathon (5-24-2003)

NAIA_CHAMBER_GARMINStarted at ODAC (Olathe District Activity Center) near 159th and Lone Elm and finished at the Great Mall of the Great Plains. Traveled through sights and locations like Cedar Lake and Indian Creek Trail. The NAIA allowed open runners to be a part of the course a few hours after the college athletes finished their races. 183 (Marathon Runners) / 178 (15K Runners)

 

 

2004 – Olathe Marathon (5-29-2004)

2004 Marathon logoStarted at ODAC (Olathe District Activity Center) near 159th and Lone Elm and finished at the Great Mall of the Great Plains. 2004 Course MapTraveled through sights and locations like Cedar Lake and Indian Creek Trail. 256 (Marathon Runners) / 173 (15K Runners) / 120 (Relay Runners)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005 – Olathe Marathon (6-21-2005)

2005 Olathe-Marathon-logoStarted at Gardner-Edgerton Highschool and finished in Downtown Olathe, KS. Traveled through sights and locations like the New Century Airport and the Great Mall of the Great Plains. 381 (Marathon Runners) / 256 (15K Runners) / 84 (Relay Runners)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2006 – Olathe Marathon (6-20-2006)

2005 Olathe-Marathon-logoStarted at Gardner-Edgerton Highschool and finished in Downtown Olathe, KS. Traveled through sights and locations like the New Century Airport and the Great Mall of the Great Plains. 204 (Marathon Runners) / 158 (15K Runners) /68 (Relay Runners) / 34 (2.62 Bun Run)

 

 

 

 

 

2006-2008 Flyer Cover  2006 flyer

 

 

 

 

2007 – Olathe Marathon (3-31-2007)

2007 Marathon logoStarted at Gardner-Edgerton Highschool and finished in Downtown Olathe, KS. Traveled through sights and locations like the New Century Airport and the Great Mall of the Great Plains. 395 (Marathon Runners) / 370 (Half Marathon Runners) 143 (15K Runners) / 229 (5K Runners)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 – Olathe Marathon (3-29-2008)

2007 Marathon logoStarted at Gardner-Edgerton Highschool and finished in Downtown Olathe, KS. Traveled through sights and locations like New Century Airport and the Great Mall of the Great Plains. 510 (Marathon Runners) / 696 (Half Marathon Runners) / 297 (5K Runners)

 

 

 

 

 

2009 – Olathe Marathon (4-4-2009)

2009 Marathon logoStarted at the Great Mall of the Great Plains and finished at the Garmin Headquarters. Traveled through sights and locations like MNU (Mid-America Nazarene University) and Indian Creek Trail. 354 (Marathon Runners) / 908 (Half Marathon Runners) / 429 (5K Runners)

 

 

 

 

2010 – Olathe Marathon (4-10-2010)

2010 Marathon logoStarted at Garmin Headquarters and finished at the Great Mall of America. Traveled through sights and locations like Indian Creek Trail. 300 (Marathon Runners) / 800 (Half Marathon Runners) / 350 (5K Runners)

 

2010 Flyer Cover  2010 flyer

 

 

 

 

2011 – The Oz Marathon (4-16-2011)

2011 Full marathonStarted and finished at Garmin Headquarters. Traveled through sights and locations like the Great Mall of the Great Plains and Indian Creek Trail. 471 (Marathon Runners) / 871 (Half Marathon Runners) / 469 (5K Runners)

 

 

 

 

2011 Medals  2011 Medals

 

 

 

 

2012 – Garmin Marathon (4-21-2012)

2012 Marathon LogoStarted and finished at Garmin Headquarters. Traveled through sights and locations like the Great Mall of the Great Plains and Indian Creek Trail. 646 (Marathon Runners) / 1053 (Half Marathon Runners) / 772 (5K Runners)

 

 

 

 

2012 Shirts & Medals

2012 shirt  2012 finisher shirt  2012 full marathon medal  2012 half marathon medal

2012 Videos

   

 

 

 

 

2013 – Garmin Marathon (4-20-2013)

marathonStarted and finished at Garmin Headquarters. Traveled through sights and locations like Indian Creek Trail. 814 (Marathon Runners) / 1020 (Half Marathon Runners) / 607 (5K Runners)

 

 

 

 

2013 Shirts & Medals

2013 Shirts  2013 Shirts tin man  2013 Full Marathon medal

2013 Videos

 

 

 

 

 

2014 – Garmin Marathon (4-26-2014)

marathonStarted and finished at Garmin Headquarters. Traveled through sights and locations like Indian Creek Trail. 782 (Marathon Runners) / 2432 (Half Marathon Runners) / 417 (6K Runners) / 44 (Team Relay Runners) / 231 (Kids Runners)

 

 

 

 

2014 Shirts & Medals

2014 Shirt Lion  2014 full medal  2014 half day and glow medal

 

 

 

 

2015 – Garmin Marathon (4-18-2015)

marathonStarted and finished at Garmin Headquarters. Traveled through sights and locations like Indian Creek Trail. 661 (Marathon Runners) / 2136 (Half Marathon Runners) / 435 (10K Runners) / 56 (Team Relay Runners) / 194 (Kids Runners)

 

 

 

 

2015 Shirts & Medals

 2015 Garmin Marathon T-Shirt Front 2015 Garmin Marathon Kids T-Shirt Front   2015-Medals-with_label

 

 

 

2016 – Garmin Marathon (4-16-2016)

marathonStarted and finished at Embassy Suites Hotel and Olathe Conference Center. Traveled through sights and locations like Millcreek Trail. 604 (Marathon Runners) / 2031 (Half Marathon Runners) / 624 (10K Runners) / 375 (Kids Runners)

2016 Shirts & Medals

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Final_2016_Garmin_Marathon_Participant_Shirt_3-28-16 Oz-ome Munchkin Shirt Front

 

 

2017 – Garmin Marathon (4-22-2017)

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2017 Shirts & Medals

 

 

 

2018 – Garmin Marathon (4-21-2018)

2018 Shirts & Medals – See Video